First a couple of definitions:
12 noon Dec 5th 1952
|LA I-405 during the closure|
|St Pauls Cathedral and The Shard. London October 11th 2011|
The manager of one of the largest estate agents in the UK said:
With many coal fired power stations due to close, some as early as 2013 more and more people will return to using solid fuel to heat their homes, or even one room in their homes, rather than be without heat when the rolling blackouts start. The UK is barely balancing energy supply and demand as it is but taking power stations off line will put the nation in a position where demand outstrips supply and blackouts are therefore a foregone conclusion. Particulate matter will build in the air. Coal, smokeless fuel and wood all disperse these particles, particularly coal, but it is cheaper than both smokeless fuel and seasoned wood making it economically attractive. If large numbers of people continue to move towards solid fuel the smogs will to some get worse in cities such as London and Los Angeles and may even appear in areas that have previously not been affected.
Smog or not people will do whatever they have to in order to keep warm, its human instinct. The smogs will have to be dealt with as and when they happen. In my opinion, its just another reason added to an ever increasing list of why we should vacate the cities as soon as humanly possible.