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krista scarboro may 14 2014 amanda freeman environmental disaster project n.
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  1. Krista Scarboro May 14, 2014 Amanda Freeman Environmental Disaster Project Pollution:1952 London Smog Disaster

  2. Background • Types of Ecosystems: • Smoke that covered the city like fog. • Population Size: 80,000 • Historical References: • the death of King George who was succeeded by Queen Elizabeth • for the first time American presidential elections broadcast on the television • the war between North and South Korea • Pertinent Facts: • Lasted from December 5-9, 1952.

  3. What Happened? • The weather in Greater London had been unusually cold for several weeks leading up to the event. Because of the cold weather, households were burning more coal than usual to keep warm. The smoke from approximately one million coal-fired stoves, in addition to the emissions from local industry, was released into the atmosphere. The 1956 Clean Air Act gave local governments the authority to provide funds to households to convert their coal-fired heaters for use of cleaner sources of energy such as gas, oil, smokeless coal, or electricity. The 1968 Clean Air Act was aimed at industry and introduced the use of taller chimneys which allowed the pollution from coal combustion to be released higher into the atmosphere.

  4. Environmental Concepts: • This goes along with our lesson over pollution and smog.

  5. Damage Report: • 4,000 lives lost • It not only killed people, but animals, plants, etc. • Two and half months went by with an additional 8,000 people dying. Short Term: Long Term:

  6. Lesson Learned: • The 1956 Clean Air Act • gave local governments the authority to provide funds to households to convert their coal-fired heaters for use of cleaner sources of energy such as gas, oil, smokeless coal, or electricity. • aimed at industry and introduced the use of taller chimneys which allowed the pollution from coal combustion to be released higher into the atmosphere

  7. Happen Again? • No, this most likely would not happen again because they pasted the Clean Air act to where everything is done a certain way.

  8. Sources: • https://www.google.com/search?q=1952+london+smog+disaster&oq=1952+london+smog+di&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l3.18495j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=2&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8&safe=active&ssui=on • http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/154281/ • http://www.historytoday.com/devra-davis/great-smog • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/countryside/9727128/The-Great-Smog-of-London-the-air-was-thick-with-apathy.html • http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-20615186