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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 February 13)

Chernobyl’s radiation could be released by projected increase in wildfire frequency and intensity

Rise in wildfires may resurrect Chernobyl's radiation. Debora MacKenzie, New Scientist, February 9, 2015. Climate change may help spur fires that could release radioactive elements locked in contaminated forest soils and allow them to spread over Europe. Fires are already helping to spread fallout. Climate change and the projected increase in wildfire frequency and intensity could reserect harmful amounts of radiation locked in the soil and vegetation. [See study: "Fire evolution in the radioactive forests of Ukraine and Belarus: future risks for the population and the environment".].   

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

Focus: Socioeconomic, Exposures, Examples, Ecosystem

Robust evidence in support of developmental origins of health and disease paradigm

Developmental origins of health and disease: a paradigm for understanding disease cause and prevention. JJ Heindel and LN Vandenberg, NCBI, Current Opinion in Pediatrics, January 29, 2015. The evidence in support of the developmental origins of the health and disease paradigm is sufficiently robust and repeatable across species, including humans, to suggest a need for greater emphasis in the clinical area. As a result of these data, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular morbidity, and neuropsychiatric diseases can all be considered pediatric diseases. 

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Best practices, Methods, Exposures, Diseases

Cumulative impacts to communities missing in recent PennEast pipeline economic impact report analysis

Critics question PennEast pipeline economic study. Rick Epstein,, February 9, 2015. Critics of the proposed PennEast pipeline have issue a press released about the company’s recently released economic report. The Economic Impact Report and Analysis for the pipeline does not consider the cumulative impacts of the project to the impacted communities. 

Scope: Communities/Environmental Justice, Ecosystems/Climate Change

Focus: Socioeconomic, Best practices, Methods, Exposures, Ecosystem, Decision tools

Rare jackpine forest in Minnesota threatened by potato fields

DNR delays plans for conversion of pine forests to potato fields. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, February 5, 2015. In response to rapid deforestation in an ecologically sensitive swath of central Minnesota, state regulators have ordered a broad environmental review that will temporarily halt conversion of the region's jackpine stands to potato fields. Study could take a year and will look at potential threats to groundwater. 

Scope: Ecosystems/Climate Change

Focus: Best practices, Examples, Ecosystem, Decision tools

Differences in immune systems traced to the environment

Immunity: Environment can have big impact. Stephen Ornes, Student Science, January 28, 2015. A study in twins shows the body’s defenses are influenced by the environment around us. Overall, about 58 percent of the difference in immune system responses could be traced to the environment. Researchers reported their findings January 15, 2015 in Cell. [See the study:]   

Scope: Human Health, Ecosystems/Climate Change

Focus: Methods, Exposures, Ecosystem, Diseases


Calendar of Events        (Updated February 26)

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

36th Annual Minority Health Conference

Friday February 27, 2015 • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Chapel Hill, North Carolina and virtual • at the William and Ida Friday Center

Current Topics and Best Practices in Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Agricultural Communities

Friday and Saturday, February 27 - 28, 2015 • 11:30 a.m. Friday - 12:00 p.m. Saturday • Yakima, Washington • at the Pacific Northwest Univerity of Health Sciences - Cadwell Student Center, 3113 Inspiration Drive

TRI Webinar: Adult Asthma and Toxic Air Releases in the St. Louis Metropolitan area

Wednesday March 4, 2015 • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Flame Retardants and Public Health: Fire Safety Without Harm

Wednesday March 4, 2015 • 1:00 p.m. Eastern time

Call for Abstracts
2015 Community Involvement Training Conference

Deadline: Wednesday March 4, 2015

Navigating the Swamp of Environmental Health: Using Evidence to Craft More Effective Communications

Thursday March 5, 2015 • 1:30 p.m. Eastern time

Analyzing Risk: Principles, Concepts, and Applications

Monday through Thursday, March 9 - 12, 2015 • Boston, Massachusetts • at Harvard School of Public Health

Home Environmentalist Training

begins Tuesday March 10, 2015 • Seattle, Washington • at The American Lung Association in Washington's Seattle office, 822 John Street

Collaborative Negotiations and Conflict Management for Environmental Professionals

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 10 - 11, 2015 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Arlington, Virginia • at the University of Phoenix Classrooms, 1800 S Bell Road Suite#1000