Praise Researchers for Groundbreaking Environmental Study

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Target: William McDowell, professor of environmental science and director of the New Hampshire Water Resources Research Center

Goal: Praise researchers for analyzing decades of research indicating environmental improvement

Researchers have been analyzing acid rain data in the lakes of the New England area and Adirondack Mountains collected over decades and have concluded promising results.

Acid rain is composed of wet and dry materials from the atmosphere containing high levels of nitric and sulfuric acids. This mixture is produced mainly through fossil fuel combustion such as commercial factory emissions. Other sources for acid rain include naturally occurring resources such as by-products from volcanoes and decaying vegetation. The negative effects of acid rain are especially far-reaching, since it can be carried over vast spans of land by the wind. The U.S. policies regarding cleaner air, such as the Clean Air Act of 1970, have been enacted to enforce more stringent regulations for carbon emissions, and to counteract the harmful effects of acid rain and other pollution sources.

According to Professor William McDowell, the nitrate levels in the New England lakes have decreased by nearly 50%, which is a significant amount of change. This indicates that the laws that were enforced by U.S. policymakers have had a considerable positive impact on the environment, and that the harmful effects of pollution are more reversible than it was previously thought to be. The latter decades have been recorded as having greater decreases in nitrate levels than earlier decades, which indicates that the water conditions have been improving at a progressively faster rate.

Acid rain has been a prevalent issue in society, especially since it has a great negative impact on the environment. Please sign the petition below to thank the researchers for taking the initiative to study this great environmental issue, and for raising awareness about the positive changes in the environment.


Dear Professor William McDowell,

It was heartening to read about the rapid and positive environmental changes in the New England and Adirondack lakes. The environmental degradation that is perpetually occurring is not easy to counteract, and the efforts of the U.S. policymakers to counteract the devastating effects of acid rain on the lakes were not in vain.

Thank you again for conducting this very insightful research project on the changes in the lake pollution levels. Publishing promising research results, while also raising awareness about the counteractive measures people can take against pollution, serves as an inspiration for everyone to not accept pollution as an inevitable occurrence but as a challenge to overcome. I look forward to reading more positive research results on counteracting pollution.


[Your Name Here]

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