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
Drowning in plastic. It will be difficult to explain to future generations how and why humanity decided to use the planet’s oceans as a dustbin for plastic, a material known for its durability. Perhaps we thought it magically evaporated. Jan 25, 2015
‘Fifty miles out we could smell the pollution’: sailing amid the ocean litter. For the majority of landlubbers, the fact that the world’s oceans are clogging up with the detritus of a rampant consumer society can easily be ignored. For most, the watery expanses beyond our coastlines might just as well be another planet. Jan 25, 2015
Meant to keep malaria out, mosquito nets are used to haul fish in. Across Africa, from the mud flats of Nigeria to the coral reefs off Mozambique, mosquito-net fishing is a growing problem, an unintended consequence of one of the biggest and most celebrated public health campaigns in recent years. The nets have helped save millions of lives, but scientists worry about the collateral damage: Africa’s fish. Jan 25, 2015
How Keystone review undercut Obama's climate policies. Ranchers arrested for trespassing on their own property. Preachers moonlighting as land agents. Billionaire activists hiring former Navy SEALs to conduct mock terror attacks. Given the farcical turns the fight over Keystone XL has taken, it's only fitting that the pipeline has reemerged as a top priority for the new Republican Congress. Jan 25, 2015
Research: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria May Travel Via Feedlot Dust. There have been many concerns raised in recent years about the overuse of antibiotics on farms, but the effect such uses have on human health is not fully understood. Jan 25, 2015
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The Daily Climate
How Keystone review undercut Obama's climate policies. Ranchers arrested for trespassing on their own property. Preachers moonlighting as land agents. Billionaire activists hiring former Navy SEALs to conduct mock terror attacks. Given the farcical turns the fight over Keystone XL has taken, it's only fitting that the pipeline has reemerged as a top priority for the new Republican Congress. Jan 25, 2015
No prospect of relief from constant nuclear headache. A private consortium formed to deal with Europe’s most difficult nuclear waste at a site in Britain’s beautiful Lake District has been sacked by the British government because not sufficient progress has been made in making it safe. Jan 25, 2015
U.N. moves toward ocean biodiversity treaty. U.N. member states Saturday agreed to begin negotiations on a treaty to protect marine biodiversity in ocean areas extending beyond territorial waters, a move heralded by environmental organizations. Jan 25, 2015
Dry January starts familiar feeling of dread among farm water leaders. Facing a fourth drought year and maybe the driest January on record, farm water leaders hope storms are on the way, but they saw a dry January last year and got no water from the federal Central Valley Project. Jan 25, 2015
In UK, MPs demand moratorium on fracking. A moratorium on fracking in Britain in the interests of combating climate change will be demanded by an influential committee of MPs tomorrow. Jan 25, 2015
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