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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 September 18)

Health systems improvement can improve quality of life

Investing in Global Health Systems: Sustaining Gains, Transforming Lives. Institute of Medicine, September 16, 2014. An IOM study looked at how health systems improvements can lead to better health, reduce poverty, and make donor investment in health sustainable.

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Tool & resources, Socioeconomic, Principles, Best practices, Methods, Exposures, Examples, Decision tools, Current law

Fracking and the costs involved

New Study Highlights Environmental Costs, Health Risks of Fracking. Public Health Watch, September 14, 2014. The environmental costs — and possible benefits — from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which requires blasting huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals deep into underground rock formations, are the subject of new research that synthesizes 165 academic studies and government databases. The survey covers not only greenhouse gas impacts but also fracking’s influence on local air pollution, earthquakes and, especially, supplies of clean water.

Scope: Human Health, Ecosystems/Climate Change

Focus: Proposed law, Principles, Best practices, Planning & strategies, Decision tools, Current law

Fast-tracking Permits affect Manatees

New Report: Fast-track permit system for watercraft access ignores manatee deaths, speedily approving thousands of new docks, ramps. Jaclyn Lopez, Center for Biological Diversity, September 12, 2014. US Army Corp of Engineers and the state of Florida have failed to consider the cumulative impacts of thousands of recently permitted docks and ramps on the manatees.

Scope: Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Principles, Best practices, Planning & strategies, Decision tools, Current law

Canadian Ministers make climate change a priority

Environment Ministers Make Climate Change a Priority.Market Wired, September 11, 2014. The Canadian environmental ministers agreed that they would make climate change a priority. Ministers adopted four key objectives:Improving Canada's recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste created; Developing tools for environmentally-sound waste management in Canada; Changing producer and consumer behavior; and Addressing the challenges faced by remote and northern communities in managing waste.

Scope: Communities/Environmental Justice, Ecosystems/Climate Change

Focus: Proposed law, Principles, Best practices, Planning & strategies, Decision tools, Current law

Transco Gas Pipeline Project needs to look at impacts

Environmental Group Criticizes Federal Review of Williams Transco Gas Pipeline Project. Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton, September 11, 2014. “Once again FERC ignores the public when it comes to the impacts of these pipelines. What is worse, they are ignoring the environmental and health and safety impacts, and also now the law. Clearly FERC is not looking at secondary and cumulative impacts, violating NEPA, and must comply,” said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.

Scope: Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Proposed law, Principles, Best practices, Planning & strategies, Decision tools, Current law

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Calendar of Events        (Updated September 30)

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

Conference/Seminar
Environmental Health and Environmental Justice in Pennsylvania: Where Do We Go From Here?

Tuesday September 30, 2014 • 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • at the Smilow Center for Translational Research, 3400 Civic Center Boulevard

Teleconference/Webcast
Prenatal Exposures: What Do Providers Know?

Tuesday September 30, 2014 • 11:00 a.m. Pacific / 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Teleconference/Webcast
Trauma's Toll on Health: A Community-wide Response

Wednesday October 1, 2014 • 11:00 a.m. Eastern time

Teleconference/Webcast
Health Co-benefits of Power Plant Carbon Standards: A Summary of New Research Results

Wednesday October 1, 2014 • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern time

Meeting
National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) Public Meeting

Wednesday and Thursday, October 1 - 2, 2014 • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; public comment is October 1 from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Eastern time • Arlington, Virginia and virtual

Meeting
Digital Health Strategies, Health Disparities, and Health Equity: The Promises and Perils of Technology

Thursday October 2, 2014 • 8:30 a.m. • Detroit, Michigan • at Wayne State University, 42 West Warren Avenue

Meeting
Universal Period Review on Human Rights—Environment Issues Public Meeting

Tuesday October 7, 2014 • time • Berkeley, California and virtual • at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Warren Room 295, Simon Hall

Request for Proposals
Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities

Deadline: Tuesday October 7, 2014 • 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time

Teleconference/Webcast
Making Science Matter: Connecting Science and Communities

Wednesday October 8, 2014 • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern stime

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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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