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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 21)

Race/ethnic disparities in cumulative impacts

Study: non-whites more exposed to environmental hazards. Brooks Hays, UPI, September 17, 2015. According to a new study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, African Americans and Hispanics are more exposed to health risks like air pollution, toxic waste and a lack of green space. Risk exposure for Hispanics was 6.2 times higher than whites, and 5.8 times higher for African Americans. 
[See the study: Racial/ethnic disparities in cumulative environmental health impacts in California: evidence from a statewide environmental justice screening tool (CalEnviroScreen 1.1) and a related article: Hidden toxins contaminate Black homes]

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Socioeconomic, Exposures, Examples

Information plus organizing to make real change

Community-based participatory science is changing the way research happens -- and what happens next. Judy Robinson, The Equation, September 9, 2015. In both the dollar store research and the oil and gas science, the effect of the science was to strengthen existing organizing campaigns for community-based solutions. The "good old days" when we waited for scientific proof to change the world are over, if they ever existed. Now science and citizen organizing together are changing the rules of the game, the outcome, and who gets to play.

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Socioeconomic, Principles, Best practices, Exposures

Cancer risk to California Residents from Air Contaminants

Ambient and Emission Trends of Toxic Air Contaminants in California. Ralph Propper, Patrick Wong, Son Bui, Jeff Austin, William Vance, Alvaro Alvarado, Bart Croes, and Dongmin Luo, Environmental Science & Technology, September 4, 2015. The collective cancer risk from exposure to these seven reviewed toxic air contaminants [benzene, 1,3-butadiene, perchloroethylene, hexavalent chromium, diesel particulate matter, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde] declined 76%. Significant reduction in cancer risk to California residents from implementation of air toxics controls (especially for diesel particulate matter) is expected to continue. 

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Exposures

Certain properties of environmental contaminates increase fetus vulnerability and exposure

Fetuses more vulnerable to some environmental contaminants penetrating into cord blood. Medical Xpress. June 26, 2015. A new research featured in the Environmental Science and Technology published by the American Chemical Society suggests that the fetus is more vulnerable to some pollutants with certain properties because they penetrate further into the feto-maternal system. 
[See the study: Partitioning behavior of heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants among feto-maternal bloods and tissues]

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Exposures

The Great Barrier Reef is in peril: Federal and Queensland governments must get serious

Development and the Reef: the rules have been lax for too long. Bob Pressey, Alana Grech, Jon C. Day, and Marcus Sheaves, The Conversation. May 28, 2015. Through coastal development, people have changed the Reef's coastal zone dramatically, and the direct result is the decline of the Reef's ecosystems. No single development has tipped the balance, but a litany of poor choices has resulted in a tyranny of small decisions, with a large cumulative impact.

[This article is part of a series examining in depth the various threats to the Great Barrier Reef.] 

Scope: Communities/Environmental Justice, Ecosystems/Climate Change

Focus: Principles, Best practices, Planning & strategies, Methods, Current law

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Calendar of Events        (Updated February 5)

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

Teleconference/Webcast
Environmental Health Disparities in Children: Breaking the Cycle and Building Resilience for Better Health

Friday February 5, 2016 • 3:00 p.m. Eastern time

Training/Workshop
Engaging Youth in Brownfields Advocacy & Planning

Thursday February 11, 2016 • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Portland, Oregon

Conference/Seminar
New Partners for Smart Growth

Thursday through Saturday February 11 - 13, 2016 • Portland, Oregon • at the Hilton Portland Hotel

Conference/Seminar
The Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond

Friday February 12, 2016 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Berkeley, California • 150 University Hall, 2199 Addison Street

Request for Proposals
EJ Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreements Program

Deadline: Friday February 12, 2016

Teleconference/Webcast
Wireless Technology and Public Health: Health and Environmental Hazards in a Wireless World

Tuesday February 16, 2016 • 1:00 p.m. Eastern time

Request for Proposals
Health Promotion among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males

Deadline: Sunday February 21, 2016

Conference/Seminar
Building Healthy Communities through Business, Culture and Policy

Tuesday February 23, 2016 • 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • Crystal City, Virginia • at the Hyatt Regency

Training/Workshop
Creating Opportunity through Collaboration

Friday February 26, 2016 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Atlanta, Georgia

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