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
Mass murder by botulism: Surge in Great Lakes bird deaths driven by invaders. Part 11 of Winged Warnings. Nonnative creatures such as gobies have been driving a deadly surge in avian botulism in the Great Lakes over the past 15 years, killing an estimated 80,000 birds, including endangered piping plovers. Now scientists are searching for what has triggered this change in intensity of the disease: If they can unravel where and why the lethal toxin is building up in food webs, they can predict which shorelines are death traps for birds. Sep 18, 2014
Environmental influences on the aging brain. At this point, there may be more research questions than answers, but evidence thus far strongly suggests environmental factors can play an instrumental role in influencing neurological function in older adults. Sep 18, 2014
Study links flame retardants in the Columbia to household laundry. A study published Wednesday reveals household laundry water is washing chemical flame retardant pollution into the Northwest's biggest waterway. Sep 18, 2014
Fish-choking balls have states limiting cosmetic contents. Microbeads, the tiny plastic balls added to body scrubs and toothpastes by such manufacturers as L’Oreal SA (OR) and Procter & Gamble Co. (PG), were marketed as the greatest beauty aid since cold cream. Now fish have a gut full, and some U.S. and state lawmakers want the ingredient banned. Sep 18, 2014
Elizabeth Whelan, who challenged food laws, dies at 70. Elizabeth Whelan, an epidemiologist who crusaded against what she called junk science by starting a national organization to question conventional wisdom on food, chemicals and the environment, died on Sept. 11 in Manahawkin, N.J. She was 70. Sep 18, 2014
The Daily Climate
Deep inside the wild world of China's fracking boom. China's push to wean itself from coal has also triggered a rush to develop alternative power sources. The natural gas that lies deep within its shale formations is now a top contender. Sep 18, 2014
Antarctic ice should set record, but Arctic dwindles. Though the amount of sea ice at the Antarctic should set an all-time record high this month, Arctic ice shrank to its sixth-lowest level on record, scientists from the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported this week. Sep 18, 2014
Why Americans are flocking to their sinking shores even as the risks mount. Despite laws intended to curb development where rising seas pose the greatest threat, Reuters finds that government is happy to help the nation indulge in its passion for beachfront living. Perennial presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is one among many who has gotten special treatment. Sep 18, 2014
Is coal dust risky? Scientists are looking into it. Coal had been transported around the country by rail for decades before the recent push to bring it by train to ports in the Northwest. Yet, scientists don’t really know how much coal dust could escape from rail cars, how far it might travel, and what coal-borne mercury and other contaminants might do to aquatic life. Sep 18, 2014
Is climate change destabilizing Iraq? A prolonged severe drought in the Mideast has been tied by some observers to rising conflict in Iraq and Syria. Does the rise of ISIS have it’s roots in climate change? Is it possible to say that we might be witnessing the first real ‘”climate change war” in Iraq and Syria? Sep 18, 2014