Smog alert in West Berlin
West Berlin issues several smog alerts in 1982. Citizens are told that, due to high levels of carbon and sulphur dioxide, they should leave their cars at home, keep windows closed and avoid exercising outside.
Smog hits Berlin whenever the wind blows from the southeast and brings pollution over from Czechoslovakia and the GDR’s chemical plants located just outside the city.
East Berlin, however, acts as if nothing is wrong. As far as the official line is concerned, there is no smog.