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Air Quality Now - Pollution Basics - Health effects.. This looks like Sheffield as I remember it ( Twin Towers) before the Clean air act of 1965

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1. Bamboo Palm - removes formaldehyde, acts as a natural humidifier. 2. Snake Plant - absorbs nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde 3. Areca Palm - one of the best for general air cleanliness 4. Spider Plant - removes carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities 5. Peace Lily - removes mold spores, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene 6. Gerbera Daisy - removes benzene, improves sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen overnight

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Inspiring for me because this is where I grew up - before the Clean Air Act. Stoke Street Scene by Kurt Hutton. A woman walking up a street in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with smoking bottle kilns belonging to potteries visible in the background, 2nd March 1946.

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Top 10 Air Purifying House Plants

Dark city: atmospheric photographs of London streets by night in the 1930s

This picture gallery features atmospheric images of London streets in the 1930s, before the Blitz, before the clean air act, before sodium lighting. It was a city of gloomy back streets lit by dim lamps, with forbidding alleys and the occasional welcoming light. The photographs are from a book called London Night, by John Morrison and Harold Burdekin, which was published in 1934.

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If you really think the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money.

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Pea souper that killed 12,000: So black you couldn't see the screen in cinemas. So suffocatingly lethal they ran out of coffins. How the Great Smog choked London 60 years ago this week

The Great Smog of London of 1952: Commuters pictured wearing extra layers to work to protect them from the dust and dirt on their way to work as London entered its second day of dense fog in 1952

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