Analysis of ice from Greenland shows that greenhouse gases started to rise almost 2000 years ago, the rise correlates with the introduction of agriculture and metallurgy as well as the historical use of wood burning stoves.
The residents of ancient Rome referred to their city’s smoke cloud as gravioris
caeli (“heavy heaven”) and infamis aer (“infamous air”). Several complaints about its effects can be found in classical writings. “No sooner had I left behind the oppressive atmosphere of the city [Rome] and that reek of smoking cookers which pour out, along with clouds of ashes, all the poisonous fumes they’ve accumulated in their interiors whenever they’re started up, than I noticed the change in my condition,” wrote the philosopher and statesman Seneca in A.D. 61.
By the 1200s significant deforestation in London causes a rise in sea coal use
(so named because it washed up on the beach).
“The immoderate use of, and indulgence to, sea-coale in the city of London exposes it to one of the fowlest inconveniences and reproaches that can possibly befall so noble and otherwise incomparable City... Whilst they are belching it forth their sooty jaws, the City of London resembles the face rather of Mount Aetna, the Court of Vulcan... or the suburbs of Hell [rather] than an assembly of rational creatures...”