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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 May 25)

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

Teleconference/Webcast
EPA Grant Award Process Webinar

Wednesday May 25, 2016 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern time

Conference/Seminar
International Conference on Health and Well-Being 2016

Friday and Saturday, May 27 - 28, 2016 • Surakarta, Indonesia • at the Lorin D’Wangsa Solo Hotel, Jalan Adisucipto No 47 Solo 57175

Call for Abstracts
8th International Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment

Deadline: Wednesday June 1, 2016

Teleconference/Webcast
A Systematic Evaluation of Chemicals in Hydraulic-Fracturing Fluids and Wastewater for Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity

Thursday June 2, 2016 • 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Conference/Seminar
Health & Shale Gas Development: State of the Science

Friday June 10, 2016 • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania • at the Hyatt Regency in Pittsburgh International Airport

Conference/Seminar
International Conference on Transport & Health

Monday through Wednesday, June 13 - 15, 2016 • San Jose, California • at Mineta Transportation Institute

Conference/Seminar
NEHA 80th Annual Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition

Monday through Thursday, June 13 - 16, 2016 • San Antonio, Texas

Conference/Seminar
The 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Tuesday through Thursday, June 14 - 16, 2016 • Portland, Oregon • at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, 921 SW Sixth Avenue

Conference/Seminar
7th Urban Space and Social Life: Theory and Practice

Wednesday through Friday, June 15 - 17, 2016 • Sanya, China • at Sanya University, Sanya, Hainan

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