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
Songbirds dying from DDT in Michigan yards; Superfund site blamed. Jim Hall was mowing the town’s baseball diamond when he felt a little bump underneath him. “And there it was, a dead robin,” he said. Just last week, he found another one. “Something is going on here,” said Hall, who has lived in this mid-Michigan town of 7,000 for 50 years. Jul 28, 2014
Tour de France sees protest over toxic waste nobody wants. French environmentalists used the Tour de France to protest plans of Australian chemical manufacturer Orica to ship dangerous waste to Europe from Sydney, where it's been for three decades, raising questions of just where it will end up. Jul 28, 2014
Born too soon: Can pollution lead to premature births? Last year, one-tenth of all births in the United States came before the pregnancy’s 37th week, premature by current standards. Many of the infants survive; prematurity is no death sentence. But it can bring a complicated life: blindness, cerebral palsy, autism. Jul 28, 2014
Mercury poisoning report kept secret, Ontario tribe says. The people living in a northern Ontario community near where a toxic dump of 10 tonnes of mercury occurred five decades ago are still suffering the neurological effects of mercury poisoning, and a report about the effects of the poisoning was never made public, First Nations leaders say. Jul 28, 2014
A watershed moment: Formidable invasive species won't be easy to keep out of Great Lakes. Ballast water, used to steady less-than-full ships on the high seas, has been blamed for moving all manner of species around the globe - including into the Great Lakes. Is there a better way to keep invasive species out of the lakes? (Part 2 of 4) Jul 28, 2014
The Daily Climate
Looks like we'll be blessed with a little more rain.... Drought in the West has grabbed headlines lately. But a good portion of North America's grain belt would happily bid adieu to the storm clouds. A Climate at Your Doorstep video. Jul 28, 2014
Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad. Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy — and pollution. Jul 28, 2014
Welcome to Williston, North Dakota: America's new gold rush city. Thanks to the shale-oil boom, what was once an isolated city in the emptiest part of the continent is now the fastest-growing small center in North America. It has the highest average wages in the U.S. and the worst housing shortage. It is the most expensive place in the U.S. in which to rent new housing. Jul 28, 2014
Rust devastates Guatemala's prime coffee crop and its farmers. A fungus has spread through Central America at an alarming rate, causing crop losses of more than a billion dollars. Lately it's become more aggressive due to climate change, says Francisco Anzueto of Guatemala's coffee board, leaving hundreds of thousands unemployed. Jul 28, 2014
Deal is said to be near to expand bike sharing in New York. After months of financial uncertainty surrounding the program, city officials are nearing a final agreement that would reshape the system’s management as it was established under Mr. Bloomberg, and bring the bikes to a wider swath of the city beginning next year. Jul 28, 2014