The Great Smog (1952)

Overview

· Event occurred in London, England in the winter of 1952.

· Known as one of the worst man-made pollution events in the world because of the excessive amounts of fatalities that occurred.

· About 4,000 fatalities occurred during the event and about 8,000 after it was initially over.

· Visibility was reduced to a few yards making driving difficult to impossible. It also affected public transportation and emergency transport. This caused people to have to walk to hospitals and other places

· Weather played a key role in producing the smog. Windless and cold conditions helped the smog stay motionless over the city

· This smog event made the public aware that smog can kill, so the public demanded that the government stepped in and take action.

· These protests lead to a parliament that ultimately reduced fossil fuels admission in major cities around the world (Clean Air Act 1956)






Bibliography:

· http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Smog
· http://www.world-weather-travellers-guide.com/london-smog.html




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