Clean Air Board next meeting Jan. 5

The next meeting of the Clean Air Board will be on Jan. 5, 2017.  Stay tuned for details.

CAB will not meet in December

CAB will not hold a community meeting in December.  The next community meeting will be in January 2017.  Happy holidays!

 

Take time to give

#GivingTuesday is the 5th annual global day of giving that occurs the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Now is a time when we are asking for your help to continue doing the day to day work of protecting and improving our air quality.  We exist through the efforts of community members who make small donations.

Help us continue our work in monitoring air quality, providing educational programs to schools, and sharing medical research. Support the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania:

Make a donation through PayPal today!

CAB is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, contributions to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. The official registration and financial information of CAB may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Two Children, One Rich, One Poor, Gasping for Air in Delhi’s Smog

Bhanwari and her husband live in a one-room Delhi apartment with their 18-month-old daughter, Vaishnavi. Credit Poras Chaudhary for The New York Times

NEW DELHI — In the dense smog that engulfed India’s capital early this month, a baby named Vaishnavi gasped through the night.

Inside the concrete room that her father and mother rent for $20 a month, they took turns staying up, laying a hand on her rib cage, feeling it move up and down. Her coughing fits became so violent that she vomited, milk mixed with ropes of sputum. Three times they thought she would not survive until morning.

Twenty miles away, inside an elegant, high-ceilinged house in an elite neighborhood, a 4-year-old boy named Mehtab was also struggling to fill his lungs with air.

Read more,  http://nyti.ms/2f6tRHz

 

Widener Law School holds event on Practical Sustainable Development – Tools for Municipalities

Practical Sustainable Development: Tools for Municipalities
November 18, 2016; 1:00–4:30 p.m.
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Administration Building, Room A180
3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA

3 Continuing Legal Education credits available (2 substantive, 1 ethics) – $20.00 non-CLE and CLE attendees

A growing number of municipalities are looking for ways to make economic development, social well-being, and environmental protection work together for improved quality of life.
This program will showcase eight model sustainability ordinances drafted by Widener
Commonwealth law students under the close supervision of Widener Commonwealth
faculty and in coordination with representatives of the Pennsylvania State Association of
Township Supervisors and Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. Building on these
presentations, the program also includes an explanation of the ethical responsibility of
lawyers to analyze legal problems through the lens of sustainable development.

Sponsored by Widener University Commonwealth Law School;
PA State Association of Boroughs; PA State Association of Township Supervisors

To register, go to Widener Commonwealth Law School events:
http://commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/prospective-students/why-widener/events/register-for-events/
For more information, please e-mail: CLEcwlaw@widener.edu

Air Pollution in India Reaches Dangerous Levels

The city’s high levels of fine particles — the most deadly because they penetrate more deeply into the lungs — have now soared off the charts, even by New Delhi’s standards, because of seasonal smoke from the burning of leftover crops by farmers in nearby states and from firecrackers set off to celebrate the Diwali holiday.

Levels of the smallest particles, called PM 2.5, recently hit an astounding 688 micrograms per cubic meter of air in one New Delhi neighborhood http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/08/opinion/choking-in-new-delhi.html

Smog Chokes Delhi, Leaving Residents ‘Coweringby Our Air Purifiers’

Levels of the most dangerous particles soared over the weekend in some places to more than 16 times the limit India’s government considers safe.

Read full story:  NY Times, Nov. 8, 2016

How do we get clean air from the VW dirty diesel settlement? CAB discusses options

The Volkswagen cheating scandal was in the news last year. Now VW has agreed to put $14.7 billion into a settlement fund after it admitted to installing software that allowed 475,000 U.S. vehicles to emit up to 40 times legally allowable emissions. You have a say about how this trust money will be spent to improve air quality.  Join us on November 3, 7 pm,  in Carlisle to discuss the options.

Clean Air Board community meeting – Nov. 3, 7 pm, Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, PA 17013