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
How a remote California tribe set out to save its river and stop a suicide epidemic. Over the last 50 years, the yearly migration of salmon from the Pacific dwindled, and poverty, addiction and lawlessness gripped the Yurok reservation. May 22, 2017
Food shortages at the heart of Venezuelan economic and political crisis. Venezuela which has been coping with extreme inflation, chronic shortages of basic needs like food and medicine and near daily protests. May 22, 2017
Contaminants in animals give clues about the health of the north. Why do endangered Steller sea lions, birds and marine and freshwater fish in America's westernmost islands have bodies with elevated levels of mercury, a toxic metal usually associated with industry? May 22, 2017
Farming the world: China’s epic race to avoid a food crisis. China’s 1.4 billion people are building up an appetite that is changing the way the world grows and sells food. May 22, 2017
Endocrine disrupting chemicals: Is your home making you sick? Many suspected EDCs are already in your home — but how much risk do they really pose? At what exposure level do they become unsafe? Unfortunately the answer is not straightforward, with a range of opinions held by scientists, industry and regulators. May 22, 2017
The Daily Climate
Rising seas could be turning Jersey’s coastal cedars into ghost forests. Scientists are alarmed at the affect that rising sea levels and more frequent big storms could have on still-healthy cedar forests living between the Pinelands and coastal saltwater marshes. May 22, 2017
Environmental justice movement on the rise in Sacramento. A new generation of legislators and the growing clout of eco-advocates from urban communities is changing the focus of environmental debates in California. May 22, 2017
My month with California’s conspiracy theorist farmers. Tammi Riedl and her partner believe ‘chemtrails’ are damaging our health. They prove conspiracies have gone mainstream – and aren’t just for the right wing. May 22, 2017
New coalmines will worsen poverty and escalate climate change, report finds., New coal mines will worsen poverty and escalate climate change, report finds. New coalmines will leave more people in poverty, Oxfam has said in a new report, calling on Australia to commit to no new coalmines and to end public subsidies for coalmining., New coal mines will leave more people in poverty, Oxfam has said in a new report, calling on Australia to commit to no new coal mines and to end public subsidies for coal mining. May 22, 2017
Water breaches 'Doomsday' vault; seeds safe. Unseasonably warm temperatures last fall caused water to breach the entrance to the Arctic's so-called "Doomsday" seed vault, one of humanity's last hopes after a global catastrophe, the company that manages the vault said last week. May 22, 2017