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
In Oregon, helicopters spray weed killers near people under West Coast's weakest protections. Each year, helicopters spray weed killers on more than 165 square miles of Oregon timberland, an area larger than the city of Portland. The spraying happens under the Pacific Northwest's most industry-friendly regulations. Oct 24, 2014
Essay: In Iceland's resilience, a lesson for us as our world shifts. Life in an Icelandic fishing village turned upside down when a volcano erupted in 1973. Today the town is thriving. Landscape architect Johanna Hoffman sees important lessons as the world copes with today's unpredictable challenges. A Climate at Your Doorstep essay. Oct 24, 2014
A parched farm town is sinking, and so are its residents' hearts. Beneath Stratford, this small farm town at the end of what's left of the Kings River, the ground is sinking. Going into the fourth year of drought, farmers have pumped so much water that the water table below Stratford, California fell 100 feet in two years. Oct 24, 2014
Michigan landfill drops request for tenfold radiation increase. A Wayne County hazardous waste landfill, under scrutiny for taking other state's low-activity radioactive wastes from oil and gas fracking, has withdrawn a request to state regulators to increase its allowed radiation limits tenfold. Oct 24, 2014
Anglers angered over possible ban on lead weights, lures. Anglers threw down their waders in anger this week over a decision by a state agency to look into regulating and possibly banning lead sinkers and other fishing gear as part of a comprehensive probe of toxic household products. Oct 24, 2014
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The Daily Climate
Essay: In Iceland's resilience, a lesson for us as our world shifts. Life in an Icelandic fishing village turned upside down when a volcano erupted in 1973. Today the town is thriving. Landscape architect Johanna Hoffman sees important lessons as the world copes with today's unpredictable challenges. A Climate at Your Doorstep essay. Oct 24, 2014
A parched farm town is sinking, and so are its residents' hearts. Beneath Stratford, this small farm town at the end of what's left of the Kings River, the ground is sinking. Going into the fourth year of drought, farmers have pumped so much water that the water table below Stratford, California fell 100 feet in two years. Oct 24, 2014
'Bomb trains': A crude awakening for Richmond, California. Local activists are trying to halt the shipment of explosive Bakken crude oil through Richmond neighborhoods. An elementary school, a public-housing project and an affluent, elderly community fall within the oil-train evacuation zone. Oct 24, 2014
EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030. EU leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 – a deal aimed at countering climate change and setting an example for the rest of the world ahead of international climate negotiations next year. Oct 24, 2014
Añelo, from forgotten town to capital of Argentina’s shale fuel boom. A small town in Argentina is nearly a century old, but the unconventional fossil fuel boom is forcing it to basically start over, from scratch. The wave of outsiders drawn by the shale fuel fever has pushed the town to its limits, while the plan to turn it into a "sustainable city of the future" is still only on paper. Oct 24, 2014
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