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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 November 26)

An effective bio-prophylactic approach to chemical risks management

Enhancing Population’s Resistance to Toxic Exposures as an Auxiliary Tool of Decreasing Environmental and Occupational Health Risks (a Self-Overview). Boris A. Katsnelson, Larisa I. Privolova, Vladimir B. Gurvich, et al., Journal of Environmental Protection, Volume 5, November 2014. Environmental chemical pollution can be persistent, and for some chemicals in the workplace, reliably safe low exposure levels cannot be guaranteed if at all. The researchers’ ‘biological prophylaxis’ projects have aimed at enhancing a host’s protective mechanisms. The research over time has shown evidence of being one possible tool for beneficial intervention into the cause-effect associations between chemical environmental pollution and disease. 

Scope: Human Health

Focus: Planning & strategies, Methods, Exposures, Decision tools

The life-long, downstream effects of early life exposures to toxicants

Video drives home impact of cumulative environmental exposure on children’s brain development. Simon Fraser University, MedicalXpress, November 20, 2014. Simon Fraser University researchers have produced a startling new video, “Little Things Matter”, which shows the impacts of cumulative exposure to environmental toxic chemicals on children's brain development. The video highlights how low-level exposure to prevalent environmental toxicants have adverse life-long effects on intellectual and behavioral development. Children more heavily exposed to toxins will not reach the same peak cognitive ability as those with lower exposures, for example. The video was unveiled at the inaugural Prenatal Environmental Health Education Forum at the University of Ottawa, Nov 20-21. 

Scope: Human Health, Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Tool & resources, Principles, Best practices, Exposures

Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals

High Throughput Heuristics for Prioritizing Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. John F.Wambaugh, et al, Environmental Science & Technology, October 13, 2014. For thousands of chemicals with no other information, this approach allows forecasting of average exposure intake of environmental chemicals.

Scope: Human Health

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

Toxic Chemicals being regulated by the European Union

Calls to Toxic Chemicals Fall on Deaf Ears Around the World. Luke Dale-Harris, Newsweek, October 30, 2014. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are everywhere, found in cosmetics, preservatives, medicines and countless household products such as shampoos and toothpaste, which are used every day by billions of people across the world. Now, for the first time anywhere in the world, the European Union is attempting to regulate them.

Scope: Human Health

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

Sydney's Drinking Water at Risk if Caol Mine Approved.

Sydney's Drinking Water at risk if underground coal mine expansion approved in Lake Cataract catchment, scientists say. Jake Sturmer and Mazoe Ford, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, October 29, 2014. Greater Syndey's drinking water could be at risk if a proposal to expand coal mining operations beneath one of the state's most valuable catchements is approved.

Scope: Communities/Environmental Justice

Focus: Principles, Best practices, Planning & strategies, Decision tools


Calendar of Events        (Updated November 26)

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

The First Thousand Days: Chemical Exposure in Early Life and Beyond

Tuesday December 2, 2014 • 10:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Eastern time

BUILD Health Challenge Q&A

Tuesday December 2, 2014 • 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

When the Heat Is On: Persuasive Speaking on Environmental Risk, Controversies, and High-Stakes Topics: Parts One and Two

Wednesday and Thursday December 3 - 4, 2014 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Portland, Oregon • at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center

Third Annual Symposium On Environmental Justice And Environmental Health Disparities

Saturday and Sunday December 6 - 7, 2014 • 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. • College Park, Maryland • at the University of Maryland Stamp Student Union

Elections and Environmental Health

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

Request for Proposals
Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research

Deadline: letters of intent are due Tuesday December 9, 2014

Health Effects of Perinatal Exposures to BPA and Other Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs): State of the Science and Policy Update

Wednesday December 10, 2014 • 9:00 a.m. Alaska / 10:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Eastern time

The Role of Environmental Exposure in Childhood Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Neurobehavioral Abnormalities in Adolescence

Wednesday December 10, 2014 • 1:00 p.m. Eastern time

Using TRI to Better Understand Risks of Industrial Pollution

Tuesday December 16, 2014 • noon - 1:30 p.m. Eastern time