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
Calls to ban toxic chemicals fall on deaf ears around the world. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are everywhere, found in cosmetics, preservatives, medicines and countless household products such as shampoos and toothpaste, which are used every day by billions of people across the world. Now, for the first time anywhere in the world, the European Union is attempting to regulate them. Oct 31, 2014
Heart risk in drinking water. Ana Navas-Acien can’t quite recall the moment she began to worry about arsenic in drinking water and its potential role in heart disease. Perhaps it was when she read a study suggesting a link among people in Bangladesh. And a similar study in Taiwan. And in Chile. She decided to see if similar links could be found in the U.S. Oct 31, 2014
A vacuum cleaner for the Web's dusty corners. Ah, if only it were possible for each one of us to suction away the carbon emissions we contribute to the overburdened atmosphere, much as we vacuum dirt from the carpet. Appliance maker Electrolux is promising to help us do exactly that, at least for one oft-neglected portion of our personal greenhouse gas output. Oct 31, 2014
Condoms fight climate change, but nobody wants to talk about it. The equation seems fairly simple: The more the world's population rises, the greater the strain on dwindling resources and the greater the impact on the environment. The solution? Well, that's a little trickier to talk about. Oct 31, 2014
Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened.' The Vatican revealed a closely kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel's precious frescoes were starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day to marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece. Oct 31, 2014
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The Daily Climate
A vacuum cleaner for the Web's dusty corners. Ah, if only it were possible for each one of us to suction away the carbon emissions we contribute to the overburdened atmosphere, much as we vacuum dirt from the carpet. Appliance maker Electrolux is promising to help us do exactly that, at least for one oft-neglected portion of our personal greenhouse gas output. Oct 31, 2014
Condoms fight climate change, but nobody wants to talk about it. The equation seems fairly simple: The more the world's population rises, the greater the strain on dwindling resources and the greater the impact on the environment. The solution? Well, that's a little trickier to talk about. Oct 31, 2014
Richard Berman energy industry talk secretly taped. If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, a veteran Washington political consultant told a room full of industry executives in a speech that was secretly recorded. Oct 31, 2014
Why Republicans keep telling everyone they’re not scientists. "I’m not a scientist," or a close variation, has become the go-to talking point for Republicans questioned about climate change in the 2014 campaigns. In the past, many Republican candidates questioned or denied the science of climate change, but polls show that a majority of Americans accept it, making the Republican position increasingly challenging. Oct 31, 2014
Texas county resents oil drilling, despite the money it brings. Dennis Seidenberger has farmed cotton for 49 years in this close-knit community 40 miles southeast of Midland. Farming is a way of life that he passed on to his son, and one that he hopes will stay in the family for generations. Oct 31, 2014
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