Keeping bees and other pollinators safe and happy

Rusty patched bumble beeSource: US Fish and Wildlife Service Fact Sheet

On Feb. 2, 7 pm, the Clean Air Board is hosting a program on examining the threats to our bee population and the ways to enhance our gardens and grounds to attract pollinators.   Dawn Toutkaldjian a bee keeper from PennApic (Pennsylvania Apiculture) will talk about the environmental threats to our bee population and how to reduce those threats.  Ann Markley from the Penn-Cumberland Garden Club will discuss how to reshape our gardens and grounds to make them pollinator-friendly.

Join us at the Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle.  Feb. 2, 7-8pm.  The meeting room is the chapel (on your right side as you enter). Garland Drive is just south of Exit 45, Interstate 81 in Carlisle.

Clean Air Board meeting Jan. 5

The Clean Air Board will be meeting Jan. 5, 7 pm at the Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle.   Join us to discuss new development around Carlisle and the steps municipalities can take to ensure a healthy quality of life.

The Second Presbyterian Church is located at 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA  17013.


Breathe less … or ban cars: cities have radically different responses to pollution

When thick smog recently hit, Londoners were advised to avoid exercise, while Parisians got free public transport. Which is the best solution?

When a thick cloud of air pollution settled in over London last week, experts warned those with health problems to avoid strenuous exercise. The advice to Londoners essentially boiled down to this: breathe less.

Meanwhile, as Paris suffered a similar pollution episode – its worst in a decade – officials swung into action, waiving charges for public transport and restricting the number of cars allowed on roads, alternately barring those with odd and even license plates.

At the same time Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo joined officials from Madrid, Athens and Mexico City in announcing plans to get all diesel vehicles off the roads by 2025. Diesel is highly polluting, emitting far greater amounts of dangerous nitrogen dioxide and tiny pollution particles than petrol, and can cause cancer to heart attacks.

Read more … The Guardian

Paris Air Pollution

Paris bans cars for second day running as pollution chokes city

From the Guardian, Dec. 7, 2016

Vehicles with odd-number plates were banned on Tuesday and, on Wednesday, it was the even numbers’ turn

Grey Paris: the Eiffel Tower in the smog.
Grey Paris: the Eiffel Tower in the smog. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Paris authorities restricted traffic in the city for a second day after a “lid of pollution” sealed the capital, causing concern over public health.

Photographs showed a grey veil of dirty air trapped over the city, masking the horizon and, at times, landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower. Experts said it was the longest most intense spike in pollution for at least 10 years and was expected to continue for at least another day if not longer.

Read more: The Guardian

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:

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