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'Cumulative impacts' refers to the total harm to human health and the environment that results from combinations of assaults and stressors over time. The Cumulative Impacts Project is dedicated to promoting science, law, and policy that will reduce cumulative impacts.
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RSSNew in the Collection        (Updated January 27)

‘Exposome globe’ construct communicates complex relationships between exposure factors and between exposure factors related to disease status

Development of Exposome Correlation Globes to Map Out Environment-Wide Associations. Chirag Patel and Arjun Manrai, Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, January, 2015; 20:231-42. Abstract excerpt: “The environment plays a major role in influencing diseases and health. The phenomenon of environmental exposures is complex and humans are not exposed to one or a handful of factors but potentially hundreds of factors throughout their lives…Currently, we lack methods to comprehensively identify robust and replicated correlations between environmental exposures of the exposome”. Researchers implement methods to describe a first "exposome globe", a comprehensive display of replicated correlations between individual exposures of the exposome. 

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice, Ecosystems/Climate Change

Focus: Tool & resources, Methods, Exposures, Ecosystem, Diseases, Decision tools

A systematic review of the current state of field on microRNAs potential as biomarkers for environmental exposure

MicroRNAs as Potential Signature of Environmental Exposures or Effect: A Systematic Review. Karen Vrijens, Valentina Bollati, and Tim S. Nawrot, Environmental Health Perspectives, January 16, 2015. MiRNA changes may be sensitive readouts of the effects of acute and chronic environmental exposure. Therefore miRNAs are valuable novel biomarkers for exposure. 

Scope: Human Health

Focus: Methods, Exposures, Diseases

Workshop summary report: Measures of Community Resilience - From Lessons Learned to Lessons Applied

Developing a Framework for Measuring Community Resilience: Summary of Workshop (2015). Dominic A. Brose, Rapporteur, The National Academies Press, Washington DC, 2015. Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academies convened the workshop, whose overarching objective was to begin to develop a framework of measures and indicators that could support community efforts to increase their resilience. Workshop link: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/ResilientAmerica/PGA_152193

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice, Ecosystems/Climate Change

Focus: Tool & resources, Socioeconomic, Best practices, Planning & strategies, Methods, Ecosystem, Decision tools

Dorceta Taylor joins other environmental experts to discuss the modern environmental justice movement

“Toxic Communities” and the fight or environmental justice. Lydia Brown, WNPR News, January 8, 2015 (audio). Environmental experts discuss the hazardous, toxic environments many low-income and minority communities are forced to live in every day -- where issues such as residential segregation and environmental racism are still problematic. 

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Socioeconomic, Principles, Exposures, Examples, Diseases

Transatlantic trade agreement would weaken pesticide regulations, NGOs warn

Report: transatlantic trade agreement could increase toxic pesticide use. Elizabeth Grossman, The Guardian, January 7, 2015. 
As part of the transatlantic trade agreement being negotiated behind closed doors, trade groups have recommended policies -- under the banner of lifting trade barriers -- that could impact pesticide regulations in both the US and the European Union. 

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Socioeconomic, Proposed law, Exposures, Examples, Ecosystem

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Calendar of Events        (Updated January 29)

For a complete calendar of events and more information, click here.

Training/Workshop
Best Practices for Transitioning to Safer Chemicals

Thursday January 29, 2015 • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (lunch will be served) • Tacoma, Washington • at the Center for Urban Waters

Other Event
Public Hearings on Ground-level Ozone

Thursday January 29, 2015 • 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. local time • Washington, DC • at US EPA, William Jefferson Clinton East building, Room 1153, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW

Other Event
Public Hearings on Ground-level Ozone

Thursday January 29, 2015 • 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. local time • Arlington, Texas • at Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street

Teleconference/Webcast
Maximizing Out-of-School Time: Empowering Afterschool Providers to Create Healthier Communities

Thursday January 29, 2015 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern time

Conference/Seminar
New Partners for Smart Growth Annual Conference

Thursday through Saturday, January 29 - 31, 2015 • Baltimore, Maryland • at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel

Other Event
Public Hearings on Ground-level Ozone

Monday February 2, 2015 • 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. • Sacramento, California • at the California Air Resources Board, Byron Sher Auditorium, 1001 "I" Street

Teleconference/Webcast
Corporate Sustainability and TRI: Exploring P2 Information for Facilities and Parent Companies

Wednesday February 4, 2015 • 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Call for Abstracts
Community-Based Public Health Caucus

Deadline: Tuesday February 10, 2015

Conference/Seminar
Citizen Science 2015

Wednesday and Thursday, February 11 - 12, 2015 • San Jose, California • at the San Jose Convention Center

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THE CUMULATIVE IMPACTS PROJECT IS
SPONSORED BY THE SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENTAL
HEALTH NETWORK
AND THE COLLABORATIVE
ON HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT
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