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Circular Economy home

Humans consume more goods and services than what is sustainable in terms of non-renewable resources. How can the concept of a circular economy help alleviate this problem? More...

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

Latest update: 16 May 2017

Thorium nuclear fuel home

Currently, nuclear reactors use enriched uranium as a fuel source, but uranium is relatively rare.

What are the challenges and advantages of using thorium as nuclear fuel? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2015 by :" Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Latest update: 15 May 2017

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Welcome to GreenFacts

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?

Chlorine Sodium Hypochlorite home

Chlorine and sodium hypochlorite are widely used for disinfection and bleaching, among other things to disinfect drinking water. It appears that the usage guidelines recommend since several years are still adequate in 2017. More...

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

Latest update: 5 May 2017

Ozone layer depletion home

Following the implementation of the ban on CFCs, the ozone layer has been slowly recovering. What is its state and how is it linked to climate change? More...

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

Latest update: 27 April 2017

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) home

PFOA is a compound used in the production of materials with water- or oil-repellant properties, such as waterproof fabrics and non-stick cookware. Is its presence in finished products a risk? More...

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

Latest update: 31 March 2017

Aspartame home

Aspartame is one of the most widely used artificial sweetener, is it safe? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2013 by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA):"Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of aspartame (E 951) as a food additive 

Latest update: 28 March 2017

Poly brominated flame retardant decaBDE home

Flame retardants are used in the production of many fabrics, plastics and other materials to make them more resistant to catching fire. Are those products safe? More...

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

Latest update: 23 March 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