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
Wisconsin launches effort to replace aging lead pipes to safeguard water. The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday it will target low-income areas with $11.8 million in new grants to replace aging pipes made of lead that supply water to homes. Apr 30, 2016
Weasel apparently shuts down world's most powerful particle collider. A small mammal has sabotaged the world's most powerful scientific instrument. The Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile superconducting machine designed to smash protons together at close to the speed of light, went offline overnight. Engineers investigating the mishap found the charred remains of a furry creature near a gnawed-through power cable. Apr 30, 2016
Bakken oil field is causing a rise in air pollution, study says. An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. Apr 30, 2016
Ringling Bros. circus elephants set for final act Sunday. The iconic elephants of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will parade into a Rhode Island arena for their final performance Sunday, ending a classic feature of "The Greatest Show on Earth" that began in the "big top" circus tents 145 years ago. Apr 30, 2016
Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws. Houston's efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation's largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached. Apr 30, 2016
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The Daily Climate
Bakken oil field is causing a rise in air pollution, study says. An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. Apr 30, 2016
Scientists say there’s basically no way the Great Barrier Reef was bleached naturally. This year, we’ve seen alarming bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, caused by warm sea temperatures. A recently completed aerial survey of the reef found that 93 percent of the smaller reefs that comprise it showed at least some bleaching, and in the northern sector of the reef, the large majority of reefs saw bleaching that was severe — meaning many of these corals could die. Apr 30, 2016
First U.S. death tied to Zika is reported in Puerto Rico. A Puerto Rican man died from complications of the Zika virus earlier this year, the first reported death attributed to the disease in the United States. Apr 30, 2016
FLASHBACK, 2001: Cheney's energy plan focuses on production. Vice President Cheney offered a preview Monday of a Bush administration energy plan that will be long on increased development of domestic oil, natural gas and nuclear power, but short on conservation. Apr 30, 2016
Australia coal mines brace for floods as La Niña looms. Five years ago floods linked to a La Niña weather pattern nearly brought Australia's coal industry to a standstill. With another of the sea-cooling events now forming and the risk of heavy rains returning, mining companies say they are ready. Apr 30, 2016
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