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London Smog: Then And Now

Smog-like conditions in London and across the UK are being caused by a mixture of local and continental pollution, as well as dust from the Sahara.

Here’s what smog in London looked like back in the ’50s and ’60s and during The Great Smog, verses what the smog looks like this week.

2. London, in April 2014 vs. London, November 1954.

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3. Cyclist in London, 2014 vs. Motorcyclist in London, 1952.

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4. Female cyclist, 2 April 2014.

5. Julie Harrison of the Hulton Press, 1 November 1953.

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6. Canary Wharf, 2014 vs. Tower Bridge, 1952

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7. 2 April 2014

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8. 1 November 1953

9. Tourists with masks, April 2014 vs. Office workers with masks, October 1953.

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10. 2 April 2014 vs. 5 December 1952

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11. The Shard, 1 April 2014

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12. Victoria Bus Station, 2 October 1960

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13. A family on Westminster Bridge, April 2014 vs. A family in Trafalgar Square, December 1952.

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14. Big Ben Clock tower, 2 April 2014.

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15. Fleet Street, 6 December 1952

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16. Tourist with mask, April 2014 vs. Police officer with mask, January 1962.

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Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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