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Is it possible, acid rain could make humans really sick, like it can to animals?

Well, yes and no. If you drank a gallon of it, it might make you sick, but you could probably be cured by taking an antacid like Rolaids or Tums. In cities people can be made sick by breathing smog, which is a kind of air pollution similar to acid rain, but is really more like acid fog. Animals are more sensitive to acid rain than people are because they must live in it, and everything they eat must also live in it, and if the species are not adapted to a high acid environment, they die.

Humans are more adaptable to changes in the environment than animals, so we can tolerate more severe changes and we can buffer our exposure to pollution. In fact some people have tried to combat the effects of acid rain on lakes by dumping tons of antacids - the same chemicals in Rolaids and Tums - into the lakes. Others believe that preventing acid rain by controlling pollution at its source (fossil fuel combustion) would be a better way.


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