Clarke Forum to host panel on future development in Carlisle

On January 30, Dickinson College’s Clarke Forum will host a panel discussion on the complex array of environmental and economic-development issues surrounding the evolution of the Carlisle area as a major logistics center with the associated construction of mega-warehouses and the concentration of truck traffic.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

For more information go to:

http://clarke.dickinson.edu/carlisles-future-panel/

Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Tuesday, Dec 3

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has declared an Air Quality Action Day for the Susquehanna Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

Tomorrow’s Forecast
Tuesday, Dec 3: 105 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Wednesday, Dec 4: 87 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Current Conditions: At 2 p.m. EST this Monday afternoon, very light winds, high humidity levels, and warmer air aloft are promoting high levels of fine particulate. In fact, PM2.5 levels are in the code ORANGE range. With continued very light winds near the surface, elevated humidity, and warmer air aloft, poor air quality conditions are likely to continue into the day Tuesday. Rather cloudy and hazy tonight with areas of fog. Low temperatures in the lower to middle 30s. *** Tuesday’s forecast: Winds will continue very light and variable Tuesday, as we will be between an area of low pressure in the western Atlantic and another low out in the Plains. Weak mixing along with a temperature inversion will continue to keep fine particulate levels in the code ORANGE range. With clouds and limited sunshine, afternoon temperatures will not move much beyond the middle to upper 40s. High levels of PM2.5 will also continue Tuesday night with near calm winds.For more info: http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=165

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, Nov. 7, 7 pm

Join us for the Clean Air Board community meeting this Thursday, Nov. 7.  We will be talking about the latest scientific findings on air pollution and health, and you are welcome to join the discussion.

The meeting will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, at 7 pm.

NBC News reports on link between air pollution and cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation. The decision came after a consultation by an expert panel organized by IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, which is based in Lyon, France.

“We consider this to be the most important environmental carcinogen, more so than passive smoking,” said Kurt Straif, head of the IARC department that evaluates cancer-causing substances.

IARC had previously deemed some of the components in air pollution such as diesel fumes to be carcinogens, but this is the first time it has classified air pollution in its entirety as cancer causing.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/who-agency-air-pollution-causes-cancer-8C11410692

For a video clip from the NBC Nightly News Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/53309399/#53309399

The new World Health Organization study on air pollution and cancer can be found at:

 

Air Quality Action Day declared for Susquehanna Valley on Sunday, Jun 23

Forecast
Sunday, Jun 23: 114 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
80 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Air Quality Action Day declared for Susquehanna Valley on Saturday, Jun 22

Forecast
Saturday, Jun 22: 110 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
75 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Sunday, Jun 23: 114 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
80 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley.

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