Acid dropsBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6959.962a (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:962
- B Dixon
A decade on, let's revisit the dying forests of Europe. Remember the headlines and the gloomy pictures? The horror and the guilt over Britain's export of sulphur dioxide which, descending from the heavens as acid rain, was ruining the conifers of Germany, Norway, and Sweden? Yellowing pine needles, etiolated leaves, mighty trees about to crash to the ground.
So what happened? Not the whole story, perhaps, but a significant part of it is reflected in a meticulous analysis by Nils Roll-Hansen of the University of Oslo, in the current issue of Science, Technology and Human Values (1994;19:324). He recalls the nightmarish newspaper stories of the thinning and demise of spruce and fir in particular during 1983-4 - a situation said to be rapidly worsening, and claimed to be caused by …