Today in History: The Great Smog

| December 4, 2017

171204_news_219x365On December 4, 1952, a high pressure mass descended on Thames River Valley, causing residents to burn extra fuel to offset sudden cold temperatures. Air pollution, namely smoke, soot, and carbon dioxide from industries, cars,and consumers, then caused extremely heavy smog to spread over hundreds of miles. Within a few days, it was so thick and dark that disaster ensued; it is estimated that as many as twelve thousand people were killed, either by inhalation, or as a result of vehicular or other accidents. As a result the British government discouraged the use of coal in homes and set rules to better control air pollution.

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