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
The downside of the boom. Though the oil industry now disposes of oil field brine primarily by injecting it deep underground, it still needs to be transported to disposal wells and remains a stubborn pollution problem. For every barrel of oil, about 1.4 barrels of brine is produced, state officials say, and far more of it spills than does oil. Nov 23, 2014
Deadly DuPont leak exposes safety, response failures. Investigations are ongoing, but already it's clear that the response to last Saturday's DuPont emergency was inadequate and slow, and that DuPont failed to reveal to first responders how much was at risk. One of the chemicals in the building was the same one that caused the Bhopal tragedy in 1984, killing more than 2,200 people. Nov 23, 2014
Colorado weighs taking "waste" out of wastewater to fix shortfall. Colorado water providers facing a shortfall of 163 billion gallons are turning to a long-ignored resource: wastewater. They're calculating that, if even the worst sewage could be cleaned to the point it is safe to drink — filtered through super-fine membranes or constructed wetlands, treated with chemicals, zapped with ultraviolet rays — then the state's dwindling aquifers and rivers could be saved. Nov 23, 2014
Asbestos in Australian schools needs urgent removal demands WorkSafe. Teachers and principals have made an election-eve plea for asbestos to be fully removed from all Victorian schools after a secret state government audit found some are so plagued with the material that buildings need to be cordoned off or cleaned up immediately. Nov 23, 2014
Bad chemistry took over in California Central Valley’s terrible air siege. An early November pollution siege left people coughing, sneezing, rubbing their eyes and scratching at rashes. It kicked off the Valley’s most dangerous air pollution season - November through the end of February - when fireplace soot, diesel specks and chemical debris can hang in the air for weeks at a time. Nov 23, 2014
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The Daily Climate
The downside of the boom. Though the oil industry now disposes of oil field brine primarily by injecting it deep underground, it still needs to be transported to disposal wells and remains a stubborn pollution problem. For every barrel of oil, about 1.4 barrels of brine is produced, state officials say, and far more of it spills than does oil. Nov 23, 2014
£14bn plan to share Scots water with England. A bold proposal to tackle water shortages in Britain’s southern counties by building a vast “super canal” between the two countries is being considered by both the UK and Scottish governments. Nov 23, 2014
Winter weather weirdness may be just beginning. Brace yourself. November’s white nightmare could become a recurring bad dream of varying intensity. While last week’s winter blast appears to be the freak offspring of a typhoon-blasted jet stream and a warm Lake Erie, it’s also part of a long-term pattern that shows no sign of changing. Nov 23, 2014
Climate change threatens to strip the identity of Glacier National Park. What will they call this place once the glaciers are gone? A century ago, this sweep of mountains on the Canadian border boasted some 150 ice sheets. Now a warming climate is melting Glacier’s glaciers. In 30 years, there may be none. Nov 23, 2014
Drought revives 'forgotten art' at wineries: Farming without irrigation. The gnarled zinfandel grapevines on Rich Czapleski's land have borne fruit for more than 100 years, producing dark, intense wines that exemplify the special growing conditions in this coveted winemaking region. Nov 23, 2014
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