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
Glyphosate: WHO cancer agency edited out "non-carcinogenic" findings. When the International Agency for Research on Cancer assessed the best-selling weedkiller glyphosate, significant changes were made between a draft of its report and the published version. The agency won't say who made the changes or why. Oct 19, 2017
Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers. Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say. Oct 19, 2017
ACLU wants Flint kids screened for impact of lead. Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan want a federal judge to order state and Flint education officials to screen and evaluate all Flint schoolchildren for health and education disabilities stemming from the lead water crisis. Oct 19, 2017
Health watchdog finds lead in Infowars diet supplements. Alex Jones, conspiracy theory and dietary supplement monger, has been accused of being a snake oil salesman. But two of the elixirs he pushes in his Infowars online shop appear to be significantly more dangerous than reptile grease. Oct 19, 2017
An 11-year-old has become 'America's Top Young Scientist' for her sensor detecting lead in water. Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old from Lone Tree, Colorado, is the winner of this year's Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her sensor that can detect lead levels in water better than traditional methods. Oct 19, 2017
The Daily Climate
To see how oil drilling would transform the Arctic Refuge, look next door to Prudhoe Bay. The spiderweb of infrastructure at Prudhoe Bay's oilfield will be replicated at the Arctic Refuge if it's opened to drilling—a fact legislators downplay. Oct 19, 2017
Puerto Rico's environmental catastrophe. Hurricane Maria has exposed and intensified the island’s ecological crisis and its human consequences. Can it build a sustainable future? Oct 19, 2017
Analysis: Measuring public health impacts after disasters. Epidemiologists study disease outbreaks in populations to determine who gets sick and why. In the wake of this year's hurricanes, they are assessing impacts from mold, toxic leaks and other threats. Oct 19, 2017
How a forest with more mammals stores more carbon. To the many moral and practical reasons for protecting the creatures with whom we share this blue marble, add one more. They might help Earth safely store more carbon. Oct 19, 2017
Pruitt's promised directive rattles science advisers. U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's suggestion that he'd get rid of advisory committee members who also receive EPA grants has roiled the research community. Oct 19, 2017