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THE GREAT SMOG

Přidáno: 11.06.2013 11:37:00 Počet shlédnutí: 1007

11 Červen 2013

The Great Smog hit London on 4 December 1952 and lasted until March 1953. This disaster caused death of thousands of people, and was the driving force of changes in environmental approach.

At the beginning of December 1952, a thick fog covered London. The smog was so thick that it sometimes prevented traffic. It entered buildings and thus concerts and film projections were being cancelled, because spectators couldn’t see till the stage or the cinema screen. Since London had been accustomed to occurrences of fog, there was initially no panic.
 
After some time, however, medical services started comparing the numbers of deaths with
previous years. It was found that some 4,000 people had died due to the smog; these were mostly very young or very old people with respiratory problems. Further 8,000 Londoners then died by the end of the smog period.

These shocking figures led to a rethinking of air pollution

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