Cumulative Impacts Project
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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 April 22)

Conservation should consider cumulative impacts.

Handling cumulative impacts during the environmental decision-making process. Falko Buschke, The Solitary Ecologist, April 21, 2014. According to our models, the decisions we make on how best to achieve sustainable outcomes may have the greatest impact in regions of the greatest conservation concern.

Scope: Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Principles, Best practices, Decision tools, Current law

Arguments over Nisbit Mine Permit

County defends Nisbit Mine Permit. Chris Rogers, Winona Post, April 16, 2014. Last fall, after two years of public debate, backhoes started up at the 20-acre Nesbit mine. Lawyers are challenging the approval of the mine saying that the county should have required an Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

Scope: Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Proposed law, Principles, Best practices, Planning & strategies, Decision tools, Current law

Chronic adversity shows signs of early genetic aging.

Black boys facing chronic adversity show signs of early genetic aging. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2014. By the time they have reached the fourth grade, African American boys who have run a childhood gauntlet of poverty, shifting family structure, harsh parenting and a mother's low mood and educational attainment will have signs of premature genetic aging.

Scope: Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Principles, Best practices, Exposures, Decision tools, Current law

Solar Projects need to address cumulative impacts

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Warns of Negative Impacts on Wildlife from Soitec Solar Projects. Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine, April 1, 2014. Soitec's four proposed solar projects on 1,490 acres in the Boulevard area of San Diego could negatively impact migratory birds, eagles, endangered butterflies and wildlife corridors, Karen Goebel, with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife concludes in a letter regarding the projects' draft Environmental Impact Report.

Scope: Ecosystems/Climate Change

Focus: Exposures, Decision tools, Current law

Race a Factor in Asthma Readmission Rates

Study: Race a factor in asthma readmission rates. Cincinnati Enquirer, March 27, 2014. This study shows that white children exposed to high levels of traffic-related pollution (TRAP) are three times more likely to be readmitted for asthma than white children with low pollution exposure. Pollution exposures were not associated with increased risk of readmission of black children, despite their having overall higher rates of asthma readmission than white children.

Scope: Communities/Environmental Justice

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


Calendar of Events        (Updated April 23)

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

Healthy Urban Gardens: Your Soil Health and You

Thursday April 24, 2014 • 10:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Eastern time

Biomonitoring 101

Thursday April 24, 2014 • 3:00 - 4:00 Eastern time

2014 Annual Meeting & Conference

Thursday and Friday, April 24 - 25, 2014 • Saratoga Springs, New York • at Gideon Putnam Resort

Assessing Population Vulnerability to Health Impacts of Climate Change

Friday April 25, 2014 • 1:00 p.m. Eastern time

American Occupational Health Conference

Sunday through Wednesday, April 27 - 30, 2014 • San Antonio, Texas • at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

PCBs in Schools, Session II: Identifying and Reducing Health Risks

Monday April 28, 2014 • 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Request for Proposals
Health Impact Assessment for Improved Community Design

Deadline: Monday April 28, 2014

2014 International Health Data Linkage Conference

Monday through Wednesday, April 28 - 30, 2014 • Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

Where Health and Profit Meet: How Corporations Influence Public Health with Nicholas Freudenberg

Tuesday April 29, 2014 • 10:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Eastern time