The science of smog - Kim Preshoff
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There are methods being designed that may help cities fighting smog to decrease the impact of this nuisance on its citizens. Visit this link to see a new air mask design from Swedish entrepreneurs. Decreasing worldwide dependence on coal can also help stop smog formation. Here is a recent article on that topic. How difficult will it be to cut coal out of the energy equation? What measures has China taken to decrease smog? This article: China Bans Cars As Air Pollution Hits Red-Alert Status may provide some ideas. National Geographic also has this recent article: China's Surprising Solutions to Clear Killer Air.
What exactly is a temperature inversion and how does it form? The science behind temperature inversions is a great resource describing how smog and other types of air pollution can become trapped due to lack of vertical mixing of atmospheric layers. Where do these inversions commonly form?
Health problems associated with smog can be both acute and chronic. This article describes issues that arise when exposed to smog on a frequent basis. Tehran smog blamed for hundreds of deaths is another article that discusses the hazards of smog exposure. With Every Breath : Health Effects Of Smog addresses California’s SMOG problems and the health effects on people living in the area. Does exposure to smog affect the nervous system? Read: Smog in our brains and find out more. Visit the Center for Disease Control for more information about particulates, air pollution and exposure to high tropospheric ozone levels.
Studying historic smog events could give us great insight into how to prevent future ones. Learn more about the Smog Almost Killed New York City, Here’s How! Here is a photo-essay of SMOG through the years in Los Angeles. London, England also has had some serious and deadly bouts with SMOG. One was the Great Smog of 1952. Read more about it here: Scientists finally know what caused a mysterious fog to kill 12,000 people in London in 1952.
People all over the world are looking for ways to reduce smog. This TED Talk discusses one idea.
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