The Great Smog of London Disaster of 1952-1953
- From December 1952 to March 1953 in London, about 12,000 residents died in London’s most massive civilian disaster.
- The smoke from chimney's ran like water, clogging the cold air. This caused the sun to go unseen for for the duration of the smog
- To help the smog disappear, The Minister of Housing, Harold Macmillan, put together a committee to reduce in coal burning became the law of the land in 1956.
Consequences of Smog
- irritation of the eyes
- lung cancer
- colds and pneumonia
- premature deaths
We should care about this because it is very harmful to the environment and us as humans. We could easily get diseases from smog. We can get lung cancer, inflammation, people could get asthma, could eventually get asthma attacks and die, people could have complications with breathing, and crops could easily be damaged.
Beijing is having very hazardous smog level which is not good for the environment. The government decided to shut all big and major power plants to help with the smog. China has a high pollution levels so the government had to act very quickly. They had to shut down 4 major coal-fired power plants: China Huaneng Group Corp.’s, Guohua Electric Power Corp., Beijing Energy Investment Holding Co., and China Datang Corp.
Smog Vacuum Cleaner
This Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and his team of experts worked on the world's larger smog vacuum cleaner.
- The Great Smog of London lasted from December 1952 to March 1953
- Smoke from a chimneys ran like water and pumped clotted, coal-fumes into the cold air causing the smog
- In one week about 4,703 people died
- Harold Macmillan, was the Minister of Housing, put together a committee to reduce coal burning which became the law in 1956.