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
Trump EPA declines to ban pesticide that Obama had proposed outlawing. The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency refused Wednesday to ban a commonly used pesticide - chlorpyrifos - that the Obama administration had sought to outlaw based on mounting concerns about its risks to human health. Mar 30, 2017
EPA chief, rejecting agency's science, chooses not to ban insecticide. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, moved late on Wednesday to reject the scientific conclusion of the agency’s own chemical safety experts who under the Obama administration recommended that one of the nation’s most widely used insecticides - chlorpyrifos - be permanently banned at farms nationwide because of the harm it potentially causes children and farm workers., EPA scientists had concluded that exposure to the chemical, chlorpyrifos, which has been in use since 1965, was potentially causing significant health consequences. Mar 30, 2017
Journey into the Plastisphere. Plastic marine debris is one of the world’s newest ecosystems, and scientists have just begun to understand how microbes are settling into their new island homes. Mar 30, 2017
See human impact in an X-ray of the ocean. Researchers were shocked to find two-thirds of the ocean show increased strain from human-related factors, such as fishing and climate change. Mar 30, 2017
El Salvador, prizing water over gold, bans all metal mining. Environmental activists said the country was the first in the world to impose a nationwide ban on the mining of gold and other metals. Mar 30, 2017
The Daily Climate
See human impact in an X-ray of the ocean. Researchers were shocked to find two-thirds of the ocean show increased strain from human-related factors, such as fishing and climate change. Mar 30, 2017
Trump executive order reveals cracks in GOP approach. President Trump's executive order revealed minor cracks in the GOP's approach to climate on Capitol Hill yesterday and inspired talk of carbon pricing legislation. Mar 30, 2017
Trump's Interior Secretary: The 'war on coal is over.' U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in a one-two Trump administration bid to boost America's beleaguered coal industry, has lifted the Obama administration's moratorium on new coal-mining leases on federal land. Mar 30, 2017
How the US protects the environment, from Nixon to Trump. A curious person’s guide to the laws that keep the air clean and the water pure. Mar 30, 2017
President's bid to recrown King Coal meets industry headwinds. President Trump's sweeping renunciation of the Obama administration's environmental policies yesterday reduced the world's largest economy to one idea: Coal, burned cheaply and cleanly, will fuel American prosperity this century. Mar 30, 2017