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Tools for Addressing Cumulative Impacts on Human Health and the Environment

“Cumulative impacts” refers to the total harm to human health and the environment resulting from combinations of stressors over time. Cumulative impacts are creating three kinds of effects: degraded ecosystems (such as oceans and boreal forests), human diseases, and disproportionately burdened communities, which are the hallmark of environmental injustice. Read more: Tools for Addressing Cumulative Impacts on Human Health and the Environment article by Madeleine Kangsen Scammell, Peter Montague and Carolyn Raffensperger from the Environmental Justice Journal, September 11, 2014.