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
Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems? With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks biomimicry can tackle water problems. He has spent the last decade trying to correct imbalances through imitating natural processes to address environmental problems. Kania believes there are few ailments that copying nature can’t heal. Nov 25, 2014
The fight of their lives: After years of neglect, Canadian thalidomide survivors make a plea for help. The thalidomide scandal caused a furor in Canada in the early sixties, shocking a nation that trusted in the safety of medications and the federal gatekeepers who were supposed to screen them. The story has been largely forgotten, but its victims have never escaped it. Nov 25, 2014
In wake of China rejections, GMO seed makers limit US launches. China’s barriers to imports of some U.S. genetically modified crops are disrupting seed companies' plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether. Nov 25, 2014
From rapper to Chief Seattle’s descendent, many are eager for Duwamish River cleanup. Rapper Macklemore rolls up in his signature old black Cadillac, sporting black Ray-Bans and big boots. But fortunately, Seattle’s beloved star isn't here to perform. He’s come to this heavily industrial and polluted part of South Seattle to go for a paddle on the river he’s made his cause celebre: the Duwamish. Nov 25, 2014
Bird flu is major threat to poultry along migration routes. A bird flu strain found in Europe represents a major threat to the poultry industry in countries crossed by migrating wild birds, two intergovernmental organizations said on Monday. Nov 25, 2014
The Daily Climate
invisible tailpipe. Whether they want to or not, carmakers are having to rush out all manner of zero-emission vehicles that use either rechargeable batteries or hydrogen fuel-cells to drive the wheels. Nov 25, 2014
Neither rain nor snow nor heat sways views on climate science. Freaky seasons and drastic weather anomalies do little to convince most people that climate change is real – political ideology does much more, according to a study published online Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. Nov 25, 2014
Large-scale die-off of small seabird along Sonoma Coast. Scientists up and down the West Coast are monitoring what appears to be a large-scale die-off of young Cassin’s auklets, small seabirds whose breeding grounds include a colony in the Farallon Islands west of San Francisco. Nov 25, 2014
Record drought reveals stunning changes along Colorado River. Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore. But it's also raising the alarm about water. Nov 25, 2014
As sea level rises, an Alaska village faces an existential dilemma. The Chukchi Sea's unrelenting waves were slowly ripping away the land and homes of the 600 or so residents of this Alaska Native village on a sinking barrier island. More than a decade later, the U.S. government has yet to come up with a new location. Nov 25, 2014