Show Notes: The Great London Smog

Tracy Wilson

A London bus conductor is forced to walk ahead of his vehicle to guide it through the smog, 9th December 1952. Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

London is famous for a being a very foggy place, and for generations, that fog was also exceptionally dirty. So when a particularly dense pea-soup smog descended in December of 1952, nobody realized anything unusual was going on at first. But this time, the fog went on for days, and it wound up killing thousands of people.

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Episode link: The Great London Smog

My research:

World Health Organization. "7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution." 3/25/2014. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/air-pollution/en/