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Environmental issues A-Z

Accidental pollution   The accidental release of pollutants into the environment, for example, when a ship carrying oil is wrecked and leaks oil into the ocean. This may kill or harm thousands of animals or damage sensitive habitats.

Acid rain   Rain containing acids that form in the atmosphere when gases emitted by factories and power stations combine with water. Acid rain harms wildlife in lakes, rivers and streams and makes soil too acidic to support plant life. 

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