Great moments in air pollution

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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.

— Nathan Tempey

Nathan Tempey is a Deputy Editor at the Community Newspaper Group. Reach him at or by calling (718) 260–4504. Follow him at
The Cuyahoga River burns — the first time, in 1952.
Mount Saint Helens blows its top.
China’s National Stadium and National Aquatics Center in Beijing, seen through thick smaze.
Los Angeles, seen through its unnatural armor against happy life.
Britain’s House of Commons, where Sir Henry Ludlow famously passed wind in the 17th century, inspiring the poem “The Parliament Fart.”
There’s air pollution that can kill you — then there’s what happened in Pompeii.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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