Tag: Pollution

Donora Smog Event

Could Donora Happen Again? Here in the US?

Certainly there have been strides made in the nation's ability to combat air pollution. The greater Pittsburgh area, which once served...

Donora Smog Event

The Life and Death of a Smog Victim

Susan was having trouble breathing that morning, but she kept ironing nonetheless. She also had a headache that wouldn't go away. She had...

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What’s In a Word? The Etymology of Smog

"The word thus coined is a contraction of smoke and fog — 'smog' — and its introduction was received with applause as being eminently...

Donora Smog Event, Just Me

Gone Was the Wind

If even a slight breeze had strolled through the Donora valley that week the smoke would have broken up, giving residents some respite....

Donora Smog Event

Still Fighting for Clean Air Today

"People would come to the town, and they would say, 'What’s that smell?' And people who lived here would say, 'What smell?' And my...

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Donora: The Birthplace of Clean Air

Donora, a riverside mill town in southwest Pennsylvania, suffered a prolonged bout of concentrated, toxic smog in late October 1948, during...

Donora Smog Event

Temperature Inversions and Deadly Smog

Common to all three tragedies were two key elements. First, large factories in each area had been spewing enormous amounts of pollutants...