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Men gathered around a beacon in thick smog.
|A 'pea-souper' in London.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: H3202|
|Description: The term 'smog' was used to describe London's notorious combination of coal smoke and natural fog. It was caused by coal-fired power stations, factories and the domestic burning of coal. It was not until the 1950s, when a four-day fog in 1952 killed nearly 4000 Londoners, that anything was done to solve the pollution problem. In 1956 Parliament passed the Clean Air Act which restricted the burning of coal.|
|Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London|