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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 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, Precaution.org, 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

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Calendar of Events        (Updated September 1)

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

Meeting
Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice Public Meeting for Tribes and Indigenous Peoples

Thursday September 4, 2014 • 8:30 - 11:45 a.m. • Bismark, North Dakota • at the Bismarck Civic Center, Prarie Rose Room 105

Request for Proposals
NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings

Deadline: Monday September 7, 2014

Teleconference/Webcast
PCBs in Schools—Still a Problem?

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

Meeting
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

Meeting
Safety Standards of Non-Ionizing Radiation

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

Conference/Seminar
HIA of the Americas

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

Training/Workshop
EPA Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training

Tuesday and Wednesday September 16 - 17, 2014 • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily • Birmingham, Alabama • at Bethel Baptist Church, 3200 28th Avenue North

Teleconference/Webcast
Maternal Bisphenol A Programs Offspring Metabolic Syndrome

Wednesday September 17, 2014 • 10:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Eastern time

Conference/Seminar
Accelerating Health: Data, Health & Technology

Wednesday September 17, 2014 • noon • San Francisco, California • at the Delancey Street Foundation, 600 Embarcadero

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