1st Edition

The Big Smoke (Routledge Revivals)
A History of Air Pollution in London since Medieval Times

ISBN 9780415672030
Published November 22, 2012 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1987, Peter Brimblecombe's book provides an engaging historical account of air pollution in London, offering a fascinating insight into the development of air pollution controls against a changing social and economic background. He examines domestic and industrial pollution and their effects on fashions, furnishings, buildings and human health.

The book ends with an intriguing analysis of the dangers arising from contemporary pollutants and a glimpse of what the future may hold for London.

Table of Contents

1. History and Early Air Pollution  2. The Rise of Coal  3. Evelyn and his Circle  4. The Effect of Pollution in Coal-Burning London  5. Smoke Abatement  6. Smoke and the London Fog  7. Monitoring the Changes in Atmospheric Composition  8. The Great Smog and After 

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'It reads like a thriller. Hence it can be recommended also to non-specialists, either scientists or lay people - everybody will be pleased.' - Science of Total Environment

'I read this book with admiration, enjoyment and (I confess) a touch of envy.' - Lord Ashby, Nature