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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 2)

Working with hormone-mimicking chemicals over the long term could increase lymphoma risk

Occupational exposure to chemicals may up lymphoma risk for men. Kathryn Doyle, Reuters, March 26, 2015. Men who work with hormone-mimicking chemicals for at least 30 years have a higher risk of cancers of the lymph tissue than others, according to a long-term observational study in several European countries. Reuters Health.
[See the study: Occupational exposure to endocrine disruptors and lymphoma risk in a multi-centric European study]

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Best practices, Methods, Exposures, Diseases, Decision tools

Incorporating the microbiome into basic 1987 model can spur new advances

Biomarkers for the 21st Century: listening to the microbiome. Rodney Reynolds Dietert and Ellen Kovner Silbergeld, Toxicological Sciences, March 24, 2015. Incorporating the microbiome into the basic 1987 model can spur new advances and understanding in environmental health. This article reviews the complexities of host:microbiome responses to xenobiotics in terms of redefining toxicokinetics and susceptibility. 

Scope: Human Health

Focus: Best practices, Methods, Exposures, Ecosystem

Glyphosate (active ingredient in Roundup®) impacts on Mn, and Mn impacts on physiology

Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases III: manganese, neurological diseases, and associated pathologies. Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, Surgical Neurology International, March 24, 2015. A recent study on cows fed genetically modified Roundup®-Ready feed revealed a severe depletion of serum manganese (Mn). Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®, has also been shown to severely deplete Mn levels in plants. Here, we investigate the impact of Mn on physiology, and its association with gut dysbiosis as well as neuropathologies such as autism, Alzheimer's disease, depression, anxiety syndrome, Parkinson's disease, and prion diseases.  

Scope: Human Health

Focus: Methods, Exposures

Assessment identifies risks to pregnant women and women of childbearing age with high exposure to NMP

EPA releases final risk assessment for chemical used for paint and coating removal. Cathy Milbourn, EPA News Releases, March 23, 2015. The assessment for N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) identified risks to pregnant women and women of childbearing age, who have high exposure to NMP through paint or other coating removal.

Scope: Human Health

Focus: Tool & resources, Exposures, Decision tools

Army Corp given a year to recalculate coal mining impact on Black Warrior streams

Army Corps of Engineers to reassess coal mining impact on Black Warrior streams. Kent Faulk,, March 24, 2015. A federal appeals court this week gave the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers one year to go back and reassess the potential harm to streams in the Black Warrior River basin from coal mining after the agency admitted it made a mistake in calculating impacts. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal judge's ruling from last May to dismiss a lawsuit filed in 2013 by the Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Defenders of Wildlife, the Southern Environmental Law Center and Public Justice.   

Scope: Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Examples, Ecosystem, Current law


Calendar of Events        (Updated April 17)

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

2015 Northwest Environmental Health Conference: Bridging Research, Policy and Practice

Friday April 17, 2015 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Portland, Oregon • at the Doubletree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street

Other Event
Cell Phones and Your Health: "Mobilize" Film Screening and Q and A

Saturday April 18, 2015 • 1:00 p.m. • Berkeley, California • at the UC Berkeley Alumni House

National Council for Behavioral Health NatCon

Monday through Wednesday, April 20 - 22, 2015 • Orlando, Florida • at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper—and Healthier

Thursday April 23, 2015 • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

New York State Public Health Association 2015 Annual Meeting

Thursday and Friday, April 23 - 24, 2015 • Bolton Landing, New York • at the Sagamore Resort

Request for Proposals
EPA Grants to Improve the Environment and Public Health in New England Communities

Deadline: Friday April 24, 2015

National UMC Caring for Creation Conference

Friday and Saturday, April 24 - 25, 2015 • Decatur, Georgia • at the campus of Decatur First United Methodist Church

Community Grassroots Perspective and Local Policy

Monday April 27, 2015 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern time

A High Price to Pay: Obesity, Diabetes, and Associated Costs of Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in the European Union

Tuesday April 28, 2015 • 1:00 p.m. Eastern time