Press release: the 70th Anniversary of the Great London Smog.

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I would like to invite you to a lecture by Dr Ian Mudway, the Visiting Professor of Environmental Health at Gresham College, about the 70th Anniversary of the Great London Smog.

In the lecture he will reflect on how air pollution has changed in London over the last 70 years and the lasting legacy of the Great Smog of 1952. Air pollution has clearly improved, but it has also to some extent changed and still has significant impacts on the health of the population.

He will say: “We should be immensely grateful that air pollution has declined over the last 70 years. It’s a clear example of how regulation can be applied to improve public health and reduce the burden of chronic disease, but there is still work to be done to drive down emissions and to protect the most vulnerable members of society from harm. The key question is how should we do this and the extent to which personal and local (borough and city-wide) actions can contribute to this, when the air we breathe knows no such boundaries.”


Notes to Editors

You can sign up to watch the hybrid lecture online or in person below; or email us for an embargoed transcript or to speak to Dr Mudway: Lucia Graves, Head of Communications (PR & Media): / 07799 738 439

Read more about Dr Ian Mudway, who has published over 100 research papers on the impacts of air pollution on human health.