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
Rap song demands Unilever clean up toxic waste in Indian town. An Indian rapper’s music video has put the spotlight on consumer giant Unilever and its CEO Paul Polman over mercury-related liabilities in a bio-diverse region around the town of Kodaikanal in southern India. Aug 03, 2015
Vermont study paints nuanced picture of GMO labeling effects. A new Vermont study suggests that consumers don’t necessarily see GMO lables on food as a negative warning. Aug 03, 2015
Minneapolis waterworks using mussels to sniff out river contaminants. Minneapolis water officials are trying to use about a dozen of the 3-inch-long, light brown mussels as an early-warning system for potential contaminants in the Mississippi River. Aug 03, 2015
In Washington's pot industry, pesticide use remains hazy. As marijuana growing goes from small underground operations to warehouse and fields, the monetary risk of pests that threaten the crop grows, while the use of pesticides to control them remains foggy. Aug 03, 2015
Environmentalists, First Nations oppose licence to keep Swan Hills waste facility operating. The plant’s website boasts the Swan Hills treatment centre is the “only facility of its kind in Canada.” But Sucker Creek First Nation Chief Jim Badger said the plant has contaminated the forest and poisoned traditional lands. Aug 03, 2015
The Daily Climate
EPA postpones Enbridge’s day of reckoning for Kalamazoo spill. The fine for calamitous pipeline rupture could exceed $100 million, but may take a year or more to decide. Aug 03, 2015
Obama's new emissions rules likely to help shape White House race. With Monday's release of landmark rules to combat global warming, President Obama highlights deep divisions in the country and helps shape the race to succeed him. Aug 03, 2015
With lab-grown meat, can we have our animals and eat them too? Cultured meat could finally free us from our strategic ignorance about eating animals. Aug 03, 2015
Why coal companies are collapsing in such spectacular fashion. Pretty much everything bad that could happen to the coal industry is happening. Aug 03, 2015
Northern California fire explodes; 24 homes lost, thousands threatened. The U.S. Forest Service said "fire activity dramatically progressed"  late Saturday, forcing the closure of several state highways in Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties. Aug 03, 2015