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
Ham scramble: Southern delicacy companies struggle to replace methyl bromide. For more than 30 years, Sam Edwards – like many country ham producers – has used a single chemical to keep critters from infesting high-value hocks. That chemical, methyl bromide, is being phased out because it is one of the most potent compounds depleting the Earth’s protective ozone layer. The nation’s country ham producers are hanging on as they scramble to find a pest-killing alternative. Oct 22, 2014
US revisiting 'broken' workplace chemicals regulation process. The U.S. government will soon begin receiving public suggestions on how federal regulators should update their oversight of toxic chemicals in the workplace. Oct 22, 2014
S.F. Fire Department joins study into breast cancer risks. When San Francisco firefighters rush out the firehouse doors,they put their lives on the line in more ways than one. In responding to roughly 28,000 fire calls a year, firefighters are routinely exposed to flame retardants, diesel exhaust and other toxic chemicals. Oct 22, 2014
Pollution choking China's inbound tourism industry. China's inbound tourism market is still struggling to bounce back in the midst of rising concerns about issues such as air pollution, according to a new report from the China Tourism Academy. Oct 22, 2014
Hebei orders factory shutdowns to stop smog casting pall over Apec. Hebei province will idle more than 800 polluting factories for nearly two weeks to stop smog shrouding Beijing as world leaders visit the capital for next month's Apec summit. Oct 22, 2014
The Daily Climate
A retreat from weather disasters. Damages from weather-related catastrophes have increased, but the share of these damages covered by insurance has been declining, according to a new report by Ceres, an environmental advocacy group. Oct 22, 2014
Wild ginseng, wood thrushes, and climate change: A survival story. West Virginia researchers have discovered that wild ginseng - a native and valuable medicinal plant - could be using birds to catch a ride into climates it's better suited for. An ecological survival story. Oct 22, 2014
High pollution levels found near Ohio gas wells. A study in a rural Ohio county where oil and gas drilling is booming found air pollution levels near well sites higher than those in downtown Chicago. Oct 22, 2014
'That stuff can get you so fast' - deadly gas on the rise in Texas oil fields. Living with "sour gas" is an old story in West Texas, but it's beginning to happen in more oil-producing regions as the boom in onshore drilling pushes oil production into new places. Oct 22, 2014
A 'very young field' of research tries to measure looming costs of ocean acidification. While many of the effects of ocean acidification remain invisible, by the end of this century, things will have changed drastically. One estimate looking only at lost ecosystem protections, such as that provided by tropical reefs, cited an economic value of $1 trillion annually. Oct 22, 2014