Environment

An Ever-Changing Environment Brings New Challenges

Just as societies are constantly evolving, so too is our planet. Earth is undergoing a complex transformation that impacts all of its inhabitants: climate change. The planet’s average temperature has risen 1 1/2 degrees in the last 100 years. While this increase may appear insignificant, the effects convey a different story. Resulting alterations in weather patterns have produced worrisome activity at both ends of the weather spectrum – increased rain and floods as well as heat waves and droughts.

Greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation contribute significantly to these environmental consequences. The impact across the globe is very real. Ecosystems relied upon for food, shelter and energy are at risk. These environmental changes particularly burden the poor, who often depend upon their surroundings for their livelihoods. With a global population estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050, environmental stressors are likely to rise dramatically in years to come.

Such environmental stress can destabilize communities, leading to economic and health hardship. Water, land and other natural resource depletion generate regional tension and conflict.

In an effort to alleviate environmental deterioration and to prepare for current and future climate related crises, CAMRIS emphasizes evidence-based research and community-focused programs. With the goal of building resilience against vulnerability, CAMRIS applies cross-sectorial approaches meant to help communities help themselves. By encouraging biodiversity, natural resource management, pollution reduction and other schemes, CAMRIS and its clients work together to ensure environmental stability for generations to come.

When clients need to add capacity execute their mission, CAMRIS weaves solutions that increases client capabilities. We increase your capabilities through our service delivery tracks that include:

  • Program and project design and implementation

  • Capacity building

    • Individual

    • Organization (agency, bureau, mission, implementing partners)

  • Institutional support 

  • International experts

  • Researchers

  • Administrative 

  • Delivery of high quality baseline through end of project evaluations

  • Monitoring and evaluation

Challenge

Servicemembers face constant health challenges that diminish their ability to serve effectively and at their optimum capacity. CAMRIS works with its clients to identify the root causes of these health and safety threats.

CAMRIS Approach

Under the NAMRU-D Environmental Health Effects Directorate, the CAMRIS team supports multiple research protocols focused on determining safe exposure conditions for active service personnel, including:

  • Submarine atmospheres.
  • Risk assessment of burn pit emissions.
  • In vivo toxicity of jet fuels.
  • Jet fuel and noise-induced hearing loss.

Submarine atmosphere research studies are conducted to determine the outcome of health effects of female service members on submarines. The risk assessment of burn pit emissions research specifically focuses on toxicity and pulmonary health effects of deployed soldiers who were exposed to inhaling contaminates emitted from burn pits. Under the in vivo toxicity of jet fuels, the CAMRIS team is researching the effects of alternative fuels to establish safe exposure levels as they relate to physiological, biological, and genotoxic changes.

Result

The jet fuel and noise-induced hearing loss study found a direct relationship between the exposures of the JP-8 fuel vapors and hearing loss in rats.