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Animal testing home

Evaluating the safety of chemicals most often requires the use of tests on animals.

However, there is a strong push towards the use of alternative methods. What are these alternatives and are they effective? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2017 by European Chemicals Agency (ECHA):" The use of alternatives to testing on animals for the REACH Regulation

Latest update: 20 May 2018

Safety of Cosmetics home

Safety assessment of cosmetic products for human health are now required from different cosmetics regulations worldwide. What do they cover? More...

This is a faithful synthesis and summary of several scientific consensus reports. For the full list of sources, see the references.

Latest update: 9 February 2018

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The GreenFacts Initiative is a non-profit project with an independent Scientific Board and a non-advocacy policy. Our Mission is to bring complex scientific consensus reports on health and the environment to the reach of non-specialists. GreenFacts publishes clear, faithful, and verified summaries of existing scientific reports on health, the environment and sustainable development.

Air PollutionAir Pollution

Current levels of air pollution still affect public health. Air pollution can cause respiratory diseases and reduce life expectancy.

BiodiversityBiodiversity

What is the current state of biodiversity and the consequences of its loss for ecosystems and humans?

ChemicalsChemical substances

Substances we take in through food and water or through the air we breathe may influence our health.

Climate changeClimate change

What is the state of scientific research and knowledge on climate change?

Consumer safetyConsumer safety

Some consumer products may entail risks. For example are all tooth filling materials equally safe? Can using an MP3 player threaten my hearing?

Disease preventionDisease prevention

Several diseases, such as AIDS, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer are on the rise. How can they be prevented or their progress slowed down?

EnergyEnergy

Rising fuel prices and concerns about climate change and oil dependence have brought energy to the forefront of public debates and policies. What is the future of energy production?

Food & LifestyleFood & Lifestyle

Our eating habits or our consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs can each have consequences for our health.

Radiation & EMFRadiation & electromagnetic fields

Radioactive materials, ultraviolet radiation, electromagnetic fields from mobile phones, power-lines, and other devices, the whole spectrum is covered.

Risks of new technologiesRisks of new technologies

New technologies are entering our shopping carts. How do they differ from traditional products? Do they pose potential risk to our health or to the environment?

EnvironmentState of the environment

What is the current state of our ecosystems, forests and drylands? How is our environment affected by human activities?

Sustainable developmentSustainable development

Sustainability is the capacity to meet our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. How sustainable are current practices?

How sustainable are current practices?

Forests & agriculture land use home

How can an integrated approach to land management help meeting the needs of the world’s growing population? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2016 by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO):" State of the World’s Forests 2016. Forests and agriculture: land-use challenges and opportunities

Latest update: 2 February 2018

Organic Food home

Demand for organic food is growing. How is it regulated in Europe and what are the potential health and environmental benefits? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2015 by European Commission (EC):" Organic food: Helping EU consumers make an informed choice

Latest update: 27 December 2017

Pollution home

Pollution is everywhere. Contaminants coming from human activity are found in the most remote reaches of the planet.

How can we ensure that the planet doesn’t degrade further? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2017 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):"Towards a Pollution-Free Planet 

Latest update: 19 December 2017

Chernobyl home

Some 30 years ago, the most serious accident in nuclear history changed the lives of many. The greatest contamination occurred in areas that are now part of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine.
The UN Chernobyl Forum assessed how this region has been affected by the accident and how it has coped. More...

This Digest is a faithful summary of the leading scientific consensus report produced in 2006 by the UN Chernobyl Forum:" Chernobyl's legacy: Health, Environmental and Socio-Economic Impacts

Latest update: 17 December 2017

Genetically Modified Crops home

We are regularly confronted with genetically modified foods, be it in the news or on our plates. In what way are GM crops different from conventional crops? What is known about the possible risks for human health or the environment? More...

This Digest is a faithful summary of the leading scientific consensus report produced in 2004 by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO):"The State of Food and Agriculture 2003-2004 

Latest update: 17 December 2017

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Synthetic Biology home

SynBio uses faster and easier methods for producing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). What could be the potential risks of synthetic biology? More...

The answers to these questions are a faithful summary of the scientific opinion produced in 2015 by the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) and the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER):" Opinion on Synthetic Biology I - Definition

Latest update: 15 August 2015