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Miss Moppet
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Post by Miss Moppet » Wed August 26th, 2009, 7:07 pm

[quote=""parthianbow""]Hi Chuck
Interesting post. I immediately thought of the 1952 'fog' which killed thousands of people, and was caused by coal pollution 'fog'. I then thought that the 19th Century 'fog' had to be the same thing. Looks like it was:


Yes it was. It was called 'smog' because it was a combination of smoke and fog and was a post-Industrial Revolution phenomenon. So many people died of respiratory problems due to the smog in 1952 that they had to do something and so introduced the Clean Air Act in 1956, which solved the problem. There are lots of descriptions of smog in fiction and occasionally it gets used as a plot device - sometimes anachronistically like in Agatha Christie's At Bertram's Hotel, which was published in 1965, yet includes a smog episode.

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