Environmental Health Sciences

Environmental Health Sciences is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 to increase public understanding of the scientific links between environmental factors and human health.

We work in three areas – science, media and public education – to close the gap between good science and great policy.

EHS partners with organizations such as the Science Communication Network and Advancing Green Chemistry to help researchers develop the skills needed to present and communicate the complexities of environmental health to the public.

In partnership with Advancing Green Chemistry, EHS is developing tools and protocols that will help chemists reduce the likelihood that new chemicals they are bringing to market will be hazardous.

From its base in Charlottesville, Virginia, EHS also publishes two news websites, Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate. Edited by a team of experienced, award-winning journalists and environmental health experts, EHN and TDC offer original reporting and compile news stories from around the world to give a comprehensive daily look at the vital issues in science, environment and health.

Current News

Environmental Health News
Everyone wants to eat more fish: Can we find a sustainable way to do it? The Fish on My Plate, a new documentary, follows author and fisherman Paul Greenberg on a year-long journey for answers to thorny questions about the fishing industry. Apr 24, 2017
Trump’s border wall could have lasting effect on rivers, water supply. The $20 billion wall proposed to control illegal immigration will have to cross dozens of rivers along the 2,000-mile (3,200km) border with Mexico. Water supply, water quality, flood control, wildlife and groundwater recharge are all at risk. Apr 24, 2017
Death from above. People in Texas farm country say they are under assault from crop dusters indiscriminately spraying chemicals. Apr 24, 2017
Canadian oil company pulls out of national park in Peruvian Amazon. A Canadian oil and gas company has decided to halt a huge concession in the Peruvian Amazon which was seen as a threat to uncontacted indigenous tribes. Apr 24, 2017
As investigation inches forward, a community waiting game ensues. The first round of sampling results at Columbia Falls Aluminum Company in Montana confirmed landfills throughout the property contained decades’ worth of hazardous byproducts and harmful elements, including highly poisonous cyanide. Apr 24, 2017
The Daily Climate
Trump: 100 days that shook the world - and the activists fighting back. Three months in, the future is totally unpredictable. But a dramatic fightback is under way. Four activists tell us how they are adapting to the new normal. Apr 24, 2017
Analysis: Trump’s top environmental win is in cutting protections. Nearly 100 days into a presidency remarkably thin on legislative success, one area where the Trump administration and Republican-led Congress have notched indisputable gains is on the environment. Apr 24, 2017
International food crops could vanish as groundwater disappears. We already know that humans are depleting vital groundwater resources across the globe. But a new study shows one of the biggest causes of disappearing groundwater is the international food trade. Apr 24, 2017
Free bicycles reducing pollution in China. Innovative bicycle schemes in China and India are tackling chronic air pollution problems and congestion by encouraging people to stop using cars. Apr 24, 2017
Thick ice formations in Arctic rivers are melting earlier in summer. Two scientists' fascination with the layered ice mounds that build up along Arctic Alaska rivers led to an important discovery — that ice now is melting nearly a month earlier than it did in 2000. Apr 24, 2017