@blkahn The #sydneysmoke crisis does recall London's 1952 great smog. Of course, there was a ready remedy for urban coal burning - the 1955 UK Clean Air Act. Australia's wildfires, an implicit feature of the ecosystem amplified by global heating, are far tougher. https:/
During this week 67 years ago, the Great Smog of London blanketed the British capital for five days and is estimated by some experts to have killed more than 12,000 people.
Breathe in, “The Great Smog.” In the latest ACP-Bedside Rounds podcast , discusses the increase in lung cancer from cigarettes? to pollution, coffee, even star fruit & the Great Smog of London 1952. #histmed #CM
The 'Great Smog of 1952' hit London in early December, with up to 4,000 people dying as a result of the polluted air. In addition to this huge loss of life The Daily Mirror, 8 Dec 1952, claims £2 million a day is being lost due to the smog #FiftiesFebruary
On 5 December 1952, the 'Great Smog' descended upon London, cloaking the city for five days. Take a look at these films from the 1950s showing its effects and some of the ingenious contraptions designed to reduce its impact on public health.
Pollution in London higher than during the Great Smog – archive, 30 January 1959