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
Maria weakens to category 2; Puerto Rico dealing with threat of dam failure. Fears in storm-battered Puerto Rico have shifted to a failing dam as the U.S. territory reels from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. Sep 24, 2017
Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds. The fertility rate in Flint, Mich., dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in 2014, according to a new working paper. Sep 24, 2017
Farmer wants a revolution: 'How is this not genocide?' Health comes from the ground up, Charles Massy says – yet chemicals used in agriculture are ‘causing millions of deaths’. Susan Chenery meets the writer intent on changing everything about the way we grow, eat and think about food. Sep 24, 2017
Reports of livestock deaths, other ag losses trickle in after Harvey. At the peak of Harvey’s flooding in southeast Texas, Chambers County rancher Richie Devillier couldn’t distinguish between the westbound lane of Interstate 10 and the Gulf of Mexico. Torrential rainfall had filled in one side of the massive roadway, and wind generated by the storm whipped the water into a choppy surf — instead of hosting bumper-to-bumper traffic, I-10 was navigable only by boat, as shown in a now-viral video. Sep 24, 2017
Scott Pruitt expensed weekend trips home to Oklahoma. Records show the head of the Environmental Protection Agency spent weekends in his home state during his first three months in office, frequently flying to and from Oklahoma at taxpayer's expense. Sep 24, 2017
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The Daily Climate
Maria weakens to category 2; Puerto Rico dealing with threat of dam failure. Fears in storm-battered Puerto Rico have shifted to a failing dam as the U.S. territory reels from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. Sep 24, 2017
Reports of livestock deaths, other ag losses trickle in after Harvey. At the peak of Harvey’s flooding in southeast Texas, Chambers County rancher Richie Devillier couldn’t distinguish between the westbound lane of Interstate 10 and the Gulf of Mexico. Torrential rainfall had filled in one side of the massive roadway, and wind generated by the storm whipped the water into a choppy surf — instead of hosting bumper-to-bumper traffic, I-10 was navigable only by boat, as shown in a now-viral video. Sep 24, 2017
Scott Pruitt expensed weekend trips home to Oklahoma. Records show the head of the Environmental Protection Agency spent weekends in his home state during his first three months in office, frequently flying to and from Oklahoma at taxpayer's expense. Sep 24, 2017
Rep. Lamar Smith cites fake news in fight against climate science. Rep. Lamar Smith (R- Texas), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has worked to delegitimize an important study on climate change, establishing there has been no recent slowdown in climbing temperatures. Smith’s pursuit inadvertently required citing other work that is far less credible. Sep 24, 2017
Climate optimism versus fatalism. “The ice caps are melting, Leonard. In the future, swimming won’t be optional!” So says the inept genius Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory whilst explaining why he learnt swimming off the internet (rather than in a pool). Sep 24, 2017
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