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We are in the year 1952 in the capital of a city in a highly industrialised northern European country and -like every year- it is winter in the month of December. A dense and normal fog spreads over the city.
On the third and fourth days of fog, however, a large part of the population begins to suffer from bronchitis, pneumonia and heart pain, with the first cases of death appearing. Although the fog clears up a few days later, the increased mortality still lasts for several weeks. Although it was not made public at the time, authorities estimate that some 4,000 people died in that fatal episode. The blame for what happened was received by the old-fashioned heating system of the houses with its deficient smoke exhaust system. The great production of soot, together with the high content of sulphur dioxide in the exhaust gases and the prevailing fog, produced such a high degree of contamination that it led to the catastrophe in question.
In many countries there is a clear awareness that environmental contamination - called by some "pollution" - has become a problem of colossal dimensions. This situation is the typical product of the unbridled growth of the world population on the one hand and the parallel industrial development on the other, especially after the Second World War. Environmental pollution, however, is not in itself a new problem. We should mention that the London population itself, a century before the Industrial Revolution, began to protest smog and water pollution.
The industrial revolution brought with it two new types of problems. The first consisted of the modification of natural materials and products and the second was the production of undesirable chemical compounds as a result of burning fuels for heating or to feed energy to machines. Modernly, we have complicated the picture even more: we not only modify natural products, but also create others that do not exist in Nature, with which we travel the path that will lead us to accumulate non‚Äźdegradable waste products, that is, for which the Nature does not possess appropriate mechanisms for its elimination.
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A few decades ahead and the problem is over ten fold worse, 8 billion and counting preying on ALL natural resources and no one willing to do anything to try to stop it, for the most ridiculous and absurd reasons, $$$$$$$ reigns supreme as the driving force of mankind.

By cferraro44

Chemist, Professor, Naturalist, Wildlife Filmaker

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