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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 3)

Reducing Environmental Risks for Kids in Schools

Reducing Environmental Risks for Kids in Schools. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, August 28, 2014. The environmental conditions in aging or deteriorating school facilities can harm kids' health and compromise their ability to learn. This is partly because children may be exposed to a variety of environmental hazards -- such as lead, asbestos, molds, radon and volatile organic compounds -- as well as toxic chemicals and pesticides at school.

Scope: Human Health

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

Clean air halves health costs in Chinese city

Clean air halves health costs in Chinese city.  Phys.org, September 2, 2014. The study is the first to document the health and economic benefits of policies to reduce the burden of air pollution in a highly polluted area of China, and provides a model to measure how policies to improve air quality can protect human health. Results appear online in the journal Environment International.

Scope: Human Health

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

Risks and Benefits of Green Spaces for Children

Risks and Benefits of Green Spaces for Children: A Cross-Sectional Study of Associations with Sedentary Behavior, Obesity, Asthma, and Allergy. Environmental Health Perspectives, August, 2014. This study simultaneously evaluated health benefits and risks associated with different types of greenness in children, in terms of sedentary behavior (represented by excessive screen time), obesity, current asthma, and allergic rhinoconjunctivitis.

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

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

Temperature-related mortality in 17 large Chinese cities

Temperature-related mortality in 17 large Chinese cities: How heat and cold affect mortality in China. Environmental Research, Volume 134, October, 2014. This largest epidemiological study of temperature to date in China suggested that both cold and hot temperatures were associated with increased mortality. Their findings may have important implications for the public health policies in China.

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

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

Air Quality Index Associated with Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Adolsecents?

Is Air Quality Index Associated with Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Adolescents? The CASPIAN-111 Study. Environmental Research, Volume 134, October, 2014. The associations of low air quality with some cardiometabolic factors in the current survey, although not strong, might be considered as an evidence of the adverse cardiometabolic consequences of exposure to air pollutants in the pediatric age group, and predisposing them to earlier development of non-communicable diseases.

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

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

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Calendar of Events        (Updated September 18)

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

Teleconference/Webcast
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

Teleconference/Webcast
The Role of Parks and Recreation in Planning for Health

Thursday September 18, 2014 • 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Conference/Seminar
PEPH Annual Meeting

Monday through Wednesday, September 22 - 24, 2014 • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina • at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Teleconference/Webcast
Creating a Fit Nation: Tips and Tools from the Authors of New York's Active Design Guidelines

Tuesday September 23, 2014 • 4:00 p.m. Eastern time

Teleconference/Webcast
Trauma's Toll on Health: A Community-wide Response

Wednesday October 1, 2014 • 11:00 a.m. Eastern time

Meeting
National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) Public Meeting

Wednesday and Thursday, October 1 - 2, 2014 • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; public comment is October 1 from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Eastern time • Arlington, Virginia and virtual

Meeting
Digital Health Strategies, Health Disparities, and Health Equity: The Promises and Perils of Technology

Thursday October 2, 2014 • 8:30 a.m. • Detroit, Michigan • at Wayne State University, 42 West Warren Avenue

Meeting
Universal Period Review on Human Rights—Environment Issues Public Meeting

Tuesday October 7, 2014 • time • Berkeley, California and virtual • at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Warren Room 295, Simon Hall

Request for Proposals
Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities

Deadline: Tuesday October 7, 2014 • 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time

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