Saturday, September 26, 2015

U.K.s Historical Deadly Smog...!

We have some areas here in the states with some severe air pollution, but nothing as bad as this.

I can only imagine how horrible this must have been for people who had to suffer through this. Saddest part? It could still happen again...all around us!

The Great Smog of 1952

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Not all natural disasters are entirely natural. In December 1952, manmade air pollution in London formed into a mass of sooty smog that lingered for four days, wreaking havoc on air quality. The deadly miasma was the result of a high-pressure system that created unnaturally stagnant conditions. Rather than dispersing into the atmosphere as usual, billowing clouds of coal smoke and pollution from factories gathered over the city and refused to budge. The smog reduced visibility in some places to almost zero. Livestock dropped dead of asphyxiation in their pastures, and scores of Londoners came down with bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory problems. Many children and elderly people died, their lungs ravaged by inflammation.

Some 4,000 people were killed before the wind finally picked up and blew away the smog, and thousands more may have perished in the weeks and months that followed. Spurred on by the disaster, the British government later instituted the Clean Air Act of 1956, which gave citizens subsidies to convert to cleaner fuels and banned the emission of black coal smoke in certain areas

Someday man is going to have to face the fact that Nature will start fighting back...with a vengeance! I'm thinking we really should start paying attention, ya know?

Coffee out on the really dry patio this morning.


Chickenmom said...

Well since there is no more manufacturing anymore in the States, we sure don't have to worry about smog from factories. It's pumpkin time here in Joisey - I'll bring some freshly baked pumpkin pie for all. Someone bring the Reddi-Wip!

JO said...

That was a terrible way for them to wake up about air quality. Here all the mines came up with a cleaner way to smelt and all smelters were torn down. I don't know about other states but it must have been the same.

Sure can't beat these mornings I'll take a refill please.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Sometimes learning things the hard way is the only way folks remember.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Jo...
Cleaner is probably a lot cheaper for them as well. Good for everyone all around!
Thanks, sweetie, for coming by today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

I can remember when I was kid, I had Asthma and both sets of my grandparents lived near the RR tracks and the coal fired locomotives would get me to wheezing when they went past.