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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 December 3)

Urban adversity paradigmatic in communities that depend on heavy industry: the case of Detroit

Arising from the Ashes? Environmental Health in Detroit. Tim Lougheed, Environmental Health Perspective, December 2014. For most kids growing up in Windsor, Ontario, the intensely industrialized landscape of Detroit is easily seen from the Canadian side of the river but almost never visited, says writer Tim Lougheed. As one of those kids, Tim welcomed an invitation from the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources to take an intensive tour of this challenging and controversial urban landscape.

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Socioeconomic, Planning & strategies, Exposures, Examples, Ecosystem, Diseases

Environmental Stressors in Diseases and Implications for Human Health discussed at 4th meeting of PPTOX

PPTOX IV meeting explores early-life exposures and long-term diseases. Thaddeus Schug, NIEHS Environmental Factor, December 2014. Experts from around the world gathered Oct. 26-29 at the Boston Marriot Long Wharf Hotel, to discuss the effects of environmental exposures during early life and later-onset disease consequences. The conference sessions included a wide range of topics, including the developmental origins of endocrine disorders, advances and insights from epigenetics, the role of placenta in prenatal programming, novel strategies for prospective birth cohorts, and strategies for translating scientific research to improve public health.

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

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

Researchers to study the impact of the Atlanta BeltLine is having on the well being of nearby residents

Atlanta BeltLine’s health impact to be measured by GSU, CDC researchers. David Pendered, SaportaReport, December 1, 2014. A new study will look at the degree to which the Atlanta BeltLine – the nationals largest urban renewal project – can improve the physical and mental well-being of people who live near it or use it regularly. They will examine, amongst other things, the BeltLine’s impact on air quality, physical activity and crime. Results will be used to help in policy decision making. 

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Tool & resources, Socioeconomic, Planning & strategies, Methods, Exposures, Decision tools

An effective bio-prophylactic approach to chemical risks management

Enhancing Population’s Resistance to Toxic Exposures as an Auxiliary Tool of Decreasing Environmental and Occupational Health Risks (a Self-Overview). Boris A. Katsnelson, Larisa I. Privolova, Vladimir B. Gurvich, et al., Journal of Environmental Protection, Volume 5, November 2014. Environmental chemical pollution can be persistent, and for some chemicals in the workplace, reliably safe low exposure levels cannot be guaranteed if at all. The researchers’ ‘biological prophylaxis’ projects have aimed at enhancing a host’s protective mechanisms. The research over time has shown evidence of being one possible tool for beneficial intervention into the cause-effect associations between chemical environmental pollution and disease. 

Scope: Human Health

Focus: Planning & strategies, Methods, Exposures, Decision tools

The life-long, downstream effects of early life exposures to toxicants

Video drives home impact of cumulative environmental exposure on children’s brain development. Simon Fraser University, MedicalXpress, November 20, 2014. Simon Fraser University researchers have produced a startling new video, “Little Things Matter”, which shows the impacts of cumulative exposure to environmental toxic chemicals on children's brain development. The video highlights how low-level exposure to prevalent environmental toxicants have adverse life-long effects on intellectual and behavioral development. Children more heavily exposed to toxins will not reach the same peak cognitive ability as those with lower exposures, for example. The video was unveiled at the inaugural Prenatal Environmental Health Education Forum at the University of Ottawa, Nov 20-21. 

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Tool & resources, Principles, Best practices, Exposures


Calendar of Events        (Updated December 22)

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

Collaborative Negotiations and Conflict Management for Environmental Professionals

Tuesday and Wednesday, January 13 - 14, 2015 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Austin, Texas • at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites

Request for Proposals
BUILD Health Challenge

Deadline: Friday January 16, 2015

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

New Partners for Smart Growth Annual Conference

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

Call for Abstracts
Community-Based Public Health Caucus

Deadline: Tuesday February 10, 2015

Citizen Science 2015

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

Analyzing Risk: Principles, Concepts, and Applications

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

2015 National Health Impact Assessment Meeting

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 16 - 17, 2015 • Washington, DC • at the Capital Hilton, 1001 16TH ST NW

NEHA Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition 2015

Monday through Wednesday, July 13 - 15, 2015 • Orlando, Florida • at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld, 6677 Sea Harbor Drive