UK likely to be hard hit by revised SO<SUB>2</SUB> protocol

Negotiations on a new international agreement to control emissions of sulphur dioxide have concluded that it would be too costly to bring acid deposition below the "critical load" for all sensitive ecosystems. But even with a less demanding target the UK will be under pressure to cut its emissions by almost 90% from 1980 levels, possibly by as early as 2000.

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