In the great "Smog Disaster" in London in 1952, four thousand people died in a few days due to
the high concentrations of pollution.
Long-term health effects
can include chronic respiratory disease, lung cancer, heart disease, and
even damage to the brain, nerves, liver, or kidneys etc.
Here we will discuss the Great Smog of 1952 in London.
The London smog disaster of 1952 was caused because of the extreme cold weather at the time;
people were using their coal-fired stoves more than usual to keep warm. This excess burning of
coal and the emissions from local industries caused the large amount of smoke and sulfur to go
into the air creating the dense smog. The Great Smog of London started on December 4, 1952,
and lasted till March of 1953. It was a great disaster that killed thousands of peoples. In the
following weeks of disaster, the medical services gathered statistics and come to know that the
fog had killed 4,000 people—most of whom were very young or elderly, or had pre-existing
respiratory problems. Another 8,000 died in the following weeks and months. [Davis, Devra L.,
Bell, Michelle L, 2002]
What is currently being done about this problem (e.g., regulations, policies, programs,
interventions) on the global, national, or local level? Again, support your answer with
The disaster demonstrated to people around the world that it was a real and deadly problem. New