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Great moments in air pollution

Great moments in air pollution
Mount Saint Helens blows its top.
Associated Press

Greenpoint air pollution is having a moment thanks to one environmental activist’s attempt to deputize his neighbors as walking weather balloons. With talk of toxic stuff in the air, we figured it’s high time to turn back the clock to bring you the highlights of the biggest and weirdest instances of smog, smaze, and fumes the world has ever gotten a whiff of.

Britain’s House of Commons, where Sir Henry Ludlow famously passed wind in the 17th century, inspiring the poem “The Parliament Fart.”
Associated Press

— Nathan Tempey

China’s National Stadium and National Aquatics Center in Beijing, seen through thick smaze.
Associated Press / Greg Baker

Nathan Tempey is a Deputy Editor at the Community Newspaper Group. Reach him at ntemp‌[email protected]‌gloca‌l.com or by calling (718) 260–4504. Follow him at twitt‌er.com/‌natha‌ntemp‌ey.
There’s air pollution that can kill you — then there’s what happened in Pompeii.
Associated Press / Michelle Locke

Los Angeles, seen through its unnatural armor against happy life.
Associated Press / Nick Ut

The Cuyahoga River burns — the first time, in 1952.
The Cleveland Press Collection

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