John Evelyn and London Air

Steven R. Smith finds that John Evelyn proposed some drastic remedies to combat the polluted air of London in the seventeenth century.

In the relatively clean, air of London today, many Londoners might not suspect that for centuries their city was known for its polluted air. Though the problem was an old one, it was not until the Clean Air Act of 1956 that positive steps were taken to eliminate the major source of air pollution: coal-burning fires.

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