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
Dreamlike pictures of the water the world needs. Photographer Mustafa Abdulaziz has dedicated the past four years of his life to one thing: taking pictures that tell stories about water. Sep 26, 2016
After Amerithrax: Biodefense in a post-9/11 America. Biodetection technology has evolved tremendously since the anthrax attacks of 2001, but that’s not the real problem with the U.S.’s biodefense. Sep 26, 2016
Too poor for proper plumbing: A reality in 500,000 US homes. The inability of many to afford a working septic tank in areas like rural Alabama where running water is not a given could create a health crisis. Sep 26, 2016
Could ants be the solution to antibiotic crisis? Scientists have pinpointed a promising new source of antibiotics: ants. They have found that some species – including leaf-cutter ants from the Amazon – use bacteria to defend their nests against invading fungi and microbes. Sep 26, 2016
Residents of 5,000 Cedar Rapids homes asked to evacuate. Cedar Rapids residents spent Sunday stacking sandbags and moving valuables to higher ground as the city prepares for what is expected to be the second-worst round of flooding in its history. Sep 26, 2016
The Daily Climate
Investors urge food companies to shift from meat to plants. A group of 40 investors managing $1.25 trillion in assets have launched a campaign to encourage 16 global food companies to change the way they source protein for their products to help to reduce environmental and health risks. Sep 26, 2016
How a small, family forest can help save the planet. Small, private forests, which make up more than half of the forestland in the U.S., can be turned into potent weapons against climate change. Sep 26, 2016
Some cities are taking another look at LED lighting after AMA warning. Nearly 13 percent of area/roadway lighting is now LED. But the American Medical Association is concerned that some may disturb sleep and increase the risk of serious health conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. Sep 26, 2016
UVM researcher’s work could provide salvation for bee species. One of the most common bees in Vermont as late as the 1990s appears to have been eradicated from the state, but a University of Vermont researcher has provided the federal government with data that could prove critical to the bee’s recovery. Sep 26, 2016
Obama climate plan, now in court, may hinge on error in 1990 law. A failure to resolve conflicting amendments in the Clean Air Act about 26 years ago could imperil the president’s signature climate change policy. Sep 26, 2016