Environmental scientists are warning that Kerala needs to be very careful as the chemical pollution in the air has increased, and the first summer rain is likely to be ‘acid rain.’ In particular, four districts, including Ernakulam, have been advised to be vigilant, with Alappuzha, Kottayam, and Thrissur districts being alerted.
Recent studies have shown that the levels of chemical pollution in the air have increased, and the first summer rains of 2023 will likely have very high levels of chemicals. According to the Central Pollution Control Board’s air quality index, Kochi’s air quality has worsened since August 2022, which was followed by a fire at the Brahmapuram waste plant. After this, the amount of PM 10 charcoal, which is high in sulphate, nitrate, chloride, and carbon, increased, in addition to chemical vapor particles.
At present, the levels of nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere are increasing exponentially, and environmental scientists are warning that there is a possibility that the amount of sulfuric acid and nitric acid will increase during the first summer rain. The presence of acid in rain can adversely affect living organisms and agriculture. Additionally, environmentalists have clarified that people should be careful as there is a risk of skin diseases, including rashes and itching on the skin.
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