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.

EHS partners with two organizations, the Science Communication Network and Advancing Green Chemistry, to oversee the Science Communication Fellows program. Every year since 2007, the program hosts 10 outstanding researchers to 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 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
Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners; fears of confrontation grow. The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. Apr 20, 2014
Beekeepers search for answers as colonies show up damaged after almond farm pollination. As many as 80,000 bee colonies have died or been damaged this year after pollinating almond trees in the San Joaquin Valley, and some beekeepers are pointing to pesticides used on almond orchards as a possible cause. Apr 20, 2014
Study finds mercury-tainted fish in Glacier's Lake McDonald. A "first-of-its-kind" study released last week discovered mercury in fish in some of the most remote and pristine lakes and streams in national parks across the western United States and Alaska – but it wasn't a surprise to Glacier National Park fisheries biologist Chris Downs. Apr 20, 2014
Hawaiian corn is genetically engineered crop flash point. You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. But these same farms have become a flash point in a spreading debate over genetic engineering in agriculture. Apr 20, 2014
BP Oil spill four years later: Return to Barataria Bay and Cat Island. When a crew of journalists and environmental groups studying the effects of the BP Deepwater Macondo oil spill disembarked on Cat Island in Baratria Bay last week, there was a collective gasp. The bones of black mangrove stumps are all that remain of what was a thriving bird rookery. Apr 20, 2014
The Daily Climate
The fracking divide: Mexico’s oil frontier beckons U.S. drillers in wake of new law. The Eagle Ford shale formation in Texas is believed to continue hundreds of miles into Mexico, where it is known as the Burgos Basin. But while more than 5,400 wells have been sunk on the Texas side since 2008, Mexico has attempted fewer than 25. Apr 20, 2014
Conservative heavyweights have solar industry in their sights. The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry. But the bad guy, in this case, wasn't a fat-cat lobbyist or someone's political opponent. He was a solar-energy consumer. Apr 20, 2014
Old-school coal is making a comeback. Coal, the former king of American energy, is making a comeback after being left for dead in favor of cleaner-burning natural gas. The International Energy Agency believes coal will be the No. 1 fuel for meeting the worldwide increase in energy demand. Apr 20, 2014
Climate change increasing massive wildfires in West. Massive wildfires are on the increase in the Western USA due to rising temperatures and worsening drought from climate change, and the trend could continue in the decades to come, new research suggests. Apr 20, 2014
Saving Caribbean tourism from the sea. Faced with the prospect of losing miles of beautiful white beaches – and the millions in tourist dollars that come with them – from erosion driven by climate change, Barbados is taking steps to protect its coastline as a matter of economic survival. Apr 20, 2014