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EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research News Flash

SHC News Flash September 2012

Eco-Health Relationship Browser

The EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program is pleased to announce the launch of the Eco-Health Relationship Browser, an easy-to-use new online tool from the SHC program.

The Eco-Health Relationship Browser illustrates the linkages between human health and ecosystem services—benefits supplied by nature. This interactive tool provides information about our nation's ecosystems, the services they provide, and how those services, or their degradation and loss, may affect people.  

Ecosystems, such as wetlands and forests, provide a wide variety of goods and services, many of which we use every day. However, some of these services, such as air filtration, are not obvious and it therefore may be hard to understand the impact they have on our daily lives.

Scientific studies have documented the many tangible and intangible services and health benefits that are provided by our surrounding ecosystems. This tool is designed so that users can easily explore the services ecosystems provide and how those services affect human health and well-being. It is important to note that the studies summarized in this tool are by no means an exhaustive list. However, the inclusion of over 300 peer-reviewed papers makes this browser an exceptional compendium of current science on this topic.

Click here to learn more and start exploring the browser. If you have questions or comments please contact Laura Jackson at jackson.laura@epa.gov

For questions about the SHC News Flash contact Melissa McCullough (mccullough.melissa@epa.gov,) or Carolyn Hubbard, Hubbard.carolyn@epa.gov.


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