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Why environmental laws aren’t all bad

Smog On The Thames

A neat reminder in The Guardian about what life was like before environmental laws got to grips with the grim conditions in cities such as London.

On Friday 5 December 1952, a thick yellow smog brought the capital to a standstill for four days and is estimated to have killed more than 4,000 people. London’s air may appear much cleaner today, but is still dangerously polluted. The coal pollution that caused the infamous ‘pea soupers’ has been replaced by invisible pollution – mainly from traffic fumes – resulting in 13,000 early deaths each year in the UK and 4,300 in London.

The London air became so bad that it gave rise to the first successful air pollution laws anywhere in the world, according to The Guardian.

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