Environmental climate change impact

Our 2021 Annual Report: Environment, health, science & impact

What a time of change and growth!

We are pleased to share Environmental Health Sciences' 2021 Annual Report, highlighting the many activities we undertook last year that set EHS up for a strong 2022.


Download our annual report here:

EHS-2021-Annual-Report.pdf

Environmental impact

Agriculture and environmental health

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2021 was a year of excitement and challenge for our small nonprofit.

  1. We launched EHN en Español,
  2. Doubled down on our commitment to the groundbreaking early career science program Agents of Change, and
  3. Saw significant gains on both the toxics and climate fronts.

And we watched readers – like you! – get engaged in ways that continually surprised us.

Our work continues

PFAS in cosmetics

Photo by Jamie Coupaud on Unsplash

In just the first three months this year EHS staff has been a hive of activity:

  • Partnered with wellness community Mamavation.com to investigate PFAS contamination in sports bras, cosmetics and other products.
  • Driven a global campaign around groundbreaking BPA limits in Europe – and why the same scientific standards should be applied in the U.S.
  • Published 10 Agents of Change essays & podcasts exploring everything from new pathways into science to workplace chemical exposures.

Take a look at the work EHS did last year and be proud that you, as a reader, are moving it forward.

We certainly are grateful to you!

PS: Just today we published a look at impacts one year after publishing "Fractured," our groundbreaking investigation into spillover pollution from fracking fields in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Check it out!

Banner photo art by David Ryder for EHN.org

An update from the front lines of climate change and environmental health

Study: Methane emissions may be five times higher than previously thought
thehill.com

Study: Methane emissions may be five times higher than previously thought

Global emissions of methane from existing gas infrastructure may be up to five times higher than had been believed, a new study has found. Existing measures to burn off the powerful greenhouse gas …
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What SF's nearly normal rainfall over last year means for drought
www.sfchronicle.com

What SF's nearly normal rainfall over last year means for drought

Rainy months at the end of 2021 were followed by some of the driest months on record.
Conservation communication: Time to rethink the word ‘poacher’?
therevelator.org

Conservation communication: Time to rethink the word ‘poacher’?

Killing an endangered species is a heinous crime, but the language around the act requires a refocus away from colonialization.
Marco Rubio, Rick Scott urge Senate leaders for money to rebuild state.  Then don't vote for it.
www.tallahassee.com

Marco Rubio, Rick Scott urge Senate leaders for money to rebuild state.  Then don't vote for it.

Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rick Scott sent a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee chairs to get more funds to recover and rebuild Florida after Ian.
California’s water emergency: satisfying the thirst of almonds while the wells of the people that harvest them run dry
www.forbes.com

California’s water emergency: satisfying the thirst of almonds while the wells of the people that harvest them run dry

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Ian will 'financially ruin' homeowners and insurers
www.politico.com

Ian will 'financially ruin' homeowners and insurers

The storm inundated the homes of thousands of Floridians who don't have flood insurance, exposing weaknesses in the nation's effort to address the rising costs of extreme weather.
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Failure of the universities: The culture gap is now near lethal

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Shell's new petrochemical complex in southwestern Pennsylvania

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Ruth Greenspan Bell: Wealth and the climate dilemma

Ruth Greenspan Bell: Wealth and the climate dilemma

Developing countries that increase their fossil fuel production are at a crossroads: securing their own long-term well-being or earning revenue to finance programs to support immediate economic growth.

Solving the climate crisis will help both ‘sacrifice zones’ and ‘cute’ puffins

Solving the climate crisis will help both ‘sacrifice zones’ and ‘cute’ puffins

Curbing pollution for families in Chicago calms the climatic conditions that drive fish away from puffins half a continent away.

puffin tern recovery climate change

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