First smog hits L.A., major earthquake slams Skopje, and more.
Fri, Jul 26 2013 at 6:00 AM
July 26, 1943:
In the middle of World War II, Los Angeles is enveloped in "smog" for the first time
. The city struggles for a half-century with air pollution that is more caused by cars than by factories or coal stoves. Angelenos with stinging eyes and respiratory problems mistakenly think they're under a chemical weapons attack by Japan.
July 26, 2007:
The Environmental Integrity Project ranks the worst U.S. electric power plants
. Coal-burning plants sweep the competition – Georgia Power's Scherer plant and Nevada Power's Reid-Gardner plant (above) lead in carbon dioxide emissions; Georgia Power's Bowen plant and PSI Energy's Gallagher plant in Indiana lead in acid-rain-causing sulfur dioxide emissions; two Texas plants lead in mercury emissions.
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