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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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Human Health

RSSNew in the Collection        (Updated August 21)

Climate change and disease in polar bears

Colorado State University Researcher examines effects of climate change and disease in polar bears. Jeff Dodge, Colorado State University, August 13, 2014. Colleen Duncan, a CSU veterinarian and assistant professor of pathology,
is a lead investigator on a research project that is collecting and analyzing data to better understand the impacts of climate change and infectious disease on population dynamics of polar bears.

Scope: Ecosystems/Climate Change

Focus: Principles, Best practices, Exposures, Ecosystem, Diseases, Decision tools

Evaluating theCumulative Impacts of Decisions We Make

 Evaluating the Cumulative Impacts of Decisions We Make. Peter Montague,, July 14, 2014. We know that figuring out how to regulate several environmental harms at once is challenging. It would be much easier to stick with the old model of “how much harm is allowed in water? in air? in food?” But that doesn’t reflect the way we live, exposed to many sources at once. And public health demands that we figure out how to protect people like you, where you actually live.

Scope: Communities/Environmental Justice

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

DDT and transgeneration effects

DDT, epigenetic harm, and transgenerational environmental justice. William Kabasenche and Michael Skinner, Environmental Health, August 2, 2014. The transgenerational effects of DDT are considered in light of some widely accepted ethical principles. The authors argue that this reframes the decision to use DDT, requiring them to incorporate new considerations, and new kinds of decision making, into the deliberative process that determines its ongoing use.

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Principles, Best practices, Methods, Exposures, Examples, Diseases, Decision tools

How Moving to a Higher-Income Neighborhood Impacts Health and Well-Being. Robert Woods Johnson, June 25, 2014. In a series of articles for academic journals and the popular press, Ludwig and Duncan highlighted overall findings and policy implications with a focus on three key areas: diabetes and obesity, adult mental health and health, and youth mental health.

Scope: Human Health

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

Effective Family-Focused Preventative Interventions

Strategies for Scaling Effective Family-Focused Preventive Interventions to Promote Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health-Workshop Summary. Institute of Medicine, July 31, 2014. The workshop featured presentations on and discussion of successes and challenges experienced by developers and implementers of family-focused preventive interventions that have been successfully brought to scale; considerations related to the implementation of preventive programs in settings -- such as pediatric practices and schools -- that are emerging as important points of intervention; and the role of intermediary organizations in scale-up, among other topics.

Scope: Human Health

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


Calendar of Events        (Updated August 21)

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

Nanotechnology Update and Outlook into 2015

Thursday August 21, 2014 • 11:00 a.m. - noon Eastern time

26th Annual International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Conference

Sunday through Thursday, August 24 - 28, 2014 • Seattle, Washington • at the University of Washington Husky Union Building

EPA Clean Air Act and Permitting Training

Wednesday and Thursday, August 27 - 28, 2014 • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day • Birmingham, Alabama • at Bethel Baptiste Church, 3200 28th Avenue North

Request for Proposals
NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings

Deadline: Monday September 7, 2014

PCBs in Schools—Still a Problem?

Tuesday September 9, 2014 • 10:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Eastern time

National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council Meeting

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 9 - 10, 2014 • Tuesday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. • Wednesday 8:30 -11:30 a.m. • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina • at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 TW Alexander Drive

Safety Standards of Non-Ionizing Radiation

Saturday September 13, 2014 • 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Athens, Greece • at the Royal Olympic Hotel

HIA of the Americas

Monday and Tuesday, September 15 - 16, 2014 • Oakland, California • at the offices of The California Endowment, downtown

Climate Change and Health: What's New and What To Do?

Thursday September 18, 2014 • 10:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Eastern time