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
Efforts to revive rich California mine hit strong resistance. It is quiet at Tim Callaway’s gold mine, with its crumbling concrete, rotting wood and the occasional butterfly accustomed to undisturbed access. But there is plenty of commotion over what’s below the surface: an unseen 240,000 ounces of ore. Aug 23, 2014
Does Ghana’s oil boom spell the end for its fishing industry? Fishermen in Ghana say the foreign firms exploring for oil and gas are forcing them out of the waters they have trawled for centuries. Aug 23, 2014
Metro Detroit treatment plants released 4.5B gallons of sewage into rivers after storm. Metro Detroit treatment plants released about 4.5 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into local streams and rivers as a result of last week’s massive rainstorm, according to a preliminary report from the state Department of Environmental Quality. Aug 23, 2014
Kenyan company recycles global e-waste; lawmakers debate new e-waste law. Much of the world's e-waste is exported to developing countries, where it ends up in landfills or is burned, putting lead, arsenic and mercury into the environment. Kenyan leaders are working on new laws and regulations requiring proper disposal of that e-waste. Aug 23, 2014
Paradise lost: The alien invasion of Hawaii. Over the past three decades, Wasmannia auropunctata, also known as the little fire ant, has spread throughout the Pacific region and badly infested parts of Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, northern Australia and the Galápagos Islands. And it is just one of roughly 40 invasive species that afflict the Hawaii islands. Aug 23, 2014
The Daily Climate
Carbon capture and storage finally approaching debut. For years, scant funding and hostile politics have held carbon capture and storage back. Despite successful trials and pilot projects, the promising technology still has no large-scale demonstration, no foothold in mainstream power production. But this year, the story could change. Aug 23, 2014
American West is so dry that the land is rising. If you live out West, you've likely noticed that things have been pretty dry lately. What you probably haven't noticed is that the ground beneath your feet is also a little bit higher in elevation – an average of 4 millimeters higher, to be exact. Aug 23, 2014
How the Gates Foundation's investments are undermining its own good works. The Gates Foundation reaps vast profits by investing billions of dollars in fossil fuel and arms industries whose activities and products subvert the foundation's battle against disease and poverty. Aug 23, 2014
Brazil's first indigenous woman lawyer beats prejudice to battle for land rights. Joenia Batista de Carvalho became Brazil’s first female indigenous lawyer, despite scepticism from classmates and even her own community. Since then, Carvalho has dedicated herself to fighting for indigenous land rights and against deforestation. Aug 23, 2014
Drought-stricken California town struggles to keep the water flowing. All summer, Montague, California, has been a town in trouble. The city sits half an hour south of the Oregon border, in a rugged patch of Northern California that offers little refuge from the scorching sun. Aug 22, 2014