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
Colorado researchers probe Parkinson's disease causes, treatments. Evidence is growing that farmers and others who live or work around pesticides are at greater risk for neurogenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease. A new examination of the incidence of Parkinson's disease in Colorado shows a strong correlation between levels of a common pesticide, atrazine, in groundwater and the number of Parkinson's cases here. Sep 01, 2014
Desperately dry California tries to curb private drilling for water. For a century, California farmers believed that the law put control of groundwater in the hands of landowners, who could drill as many wells as deeply as they wanted, and court challenges were few. That just changed. Sep 01, 2014
Large ‘dead zone’ signals more problems for Chesapeake Bay. It began forming in May, when heavy spring rains loaded the rivers and creeks with fertilizer washed from farms and suburban lawns. It grew rapidly over the summer, as a broth of chemicals, animal waste and microbes simmered in the warm, slow-moving waters of the Chesapeake Bay. By early August, the “dead zone” was back. Sep 01, 2014
Asbestos: The killer that still surrounds us. It’s been illegal for decades, but asbestos is everywhere, embedded in our homes, schools, offices and shops. It’s now killing more people in Britain than anywhere else in the world. Sep 01, 2014
Dubbed terrorists, Mayans fight back against Guatemalan mining projects. Community leaders in the Mayan Mam village of Agel say that the Marlin mine has contaminated the water sources that they use to wash and irrigate their crops and that the subterranean explosions have caused houses to collapse – charges that the mine’s owners deny. Sep 01, 2014
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The Daily Climate
Desperately dry California tries to curb private drilling for water. For a century, California farmers believed that the law put control of groundwater in the hands of landowners, who could drill as many wells as deeply as they wanted, and court challenges were few. That just changed. Sep 01, 2014
Food security faces growing pest advance. Coming soon to a farm near you: just about every possible type of pest that could take advantage of the ripening harvest in the nearby fields. Wherever they can make a living, they will. This does not bode well for food security in a world of nine billion people and increasingly rapid climate change. Sep 01, 2014
It's personal: why leaders don't turn climate knowledge into action. There is an abundance of profitable business opportunity to be found in addressing sustainability issues. Sep 01, 2014
No more pause: Warming will be non-stop from now on. Enjoy the pause in global warming while it lasts, because it's probably the last one we will get this century. Sep 01, 2014
Climate talks: Five things to know. Republicans and some Democrats were furious at the notion that Obama would try to sidestep Congress and push for a voluntary climate agreement, and promised to do all they could to avoid getting the U.S. involved in an international agreement. Here are five important things to know about the climate talks. Sep 01, 2014
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