great smog of london

The Great Smog of 1952

#in 28,556 Londoners died in the Nazi bombings of World War II. But did you know that 12,000 residents of the Capital died in the Great Smog of 1952? In early December of that year, a cold front moved across southern England and people began to fire up their coal furnaces to keep warm. The prevailing winds stalled and a heavy smog descended over the City. Thousand of people became ill as visibility declined to less than one foot.

There were about 8.2 million people living in Greater London in 1952. 

Could such a tragedy happen again? Is it happening already?

There are about 20 million people living in Beijing. According to The Economist, Beijing has pollution levels that are four times as high as Los Angeles.

Smog in Beijing

"Beijing city officials announced on January 6th that by month’s end they would start reporting readings on “PM 2.5”—particulate matter that measures 2.5 microns or less in diameter, fine enough to enter deeply into the lungs and bloodstream and cause the most serious health problems."

For an amazing collection of photos of the Great London Smog, link here…

A Postcard for my Followers...

Isn’t it aboslutely bloody beautiful here? I’ve been kicking back here, enjoying the fresh crisp air and watching the blossoms bloom. This is definitely what I needed. I just wanted to let you know that while it’s great here I’ve been missing the smog and bustle of dear ol’ London so I’ll be back this upcoming Friday. I hope you haven’t missed me too much with Jo being about to entertain you all. See ya soon!


John H. Watson

Everyone’s Favorite Crime Fighting, Ex-Army, Sherlock’s Keeper Doctor