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
One-stop science shop has become a favorite of industry - and Texas. Michael Dourson’s organization - TERA - filled a gap left by the EPA, which has evaluated the safety of only 558 of 84,000 chemicals on the market today. But an investigation shows the firm has close ties to chemical manufacturers, tobacco companies and other industry interests. Dec 19, 2014
EPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbage. Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material. Dec 19, 2014
EPA to issue new regulations for the disposal of coal ash. Six years after a catastrophic coal ash spill took out part of a Tennessee town, 10 months after a cascade of toxic grey sludge fouled a North Carolina river, the Obama administration is poised to unveil the first rules for the disposal of coal ash on Friday. Dec 19, 2014
Heart experts warn of air pollution dangers. Air pollution should be one of the avoidable heart risk factors – just like smoking and excess fat – that doctors warn patients to steer clear of, according to a new statement from 20 heart experts. Dec 19, 2014
Duke agrees to clean up last of South Carolina’s coal ash ponds. After nearly three decades of safety questions, Duke Energy is joining other South Carolina utilities in agreeing to clean up toxic coal ash that has polluted groundwater and threatened rivers across the Palmetto State. Dec 19, 2014
The Daily Climate
Why is Ecuador selling its economic and environmental future to China? If President Rafael Correa mounts another run, the battle over the Amazon oil reserves will be a big talking point in the Ecuadorean election, but the outcome will also be shaped by deals being made on the other side of the world, in Beijing. Dec 19, 2014
Could New York's fracking ban have domino effect? New York's decision to ban fracking for health reasons could reverberate beyond the state, bolstering other efforts to limit the controversial method of drilling for oil and natural gas. Dec 19, 2014
The worst disasters of 2014. From catastrophic flooding to the “polar vortex,” a look at some of the year’s most devastating events. Dec 19, 2014
NHL makes a bid to save the ice by going carbon neutral. The National Hockey League announced today it plans to offset the league’s carbon footprint during the current season and shrink energy use. The president of the Green Sports Alliance called it the "most important environmental initiative ever made by a professional sports league globally." Dec 19, 2014
Climate-change Christmas carols. Oh, the weather outside is frightful, The heat wave brutal and spiteful. Our crops have no water to grow - Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Dec 19, 2014