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Tattoos home

In Europe, 12% of the population has tattoos, are they safe? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2016 by the European Union (EU):" Safety of tattoos and permanent make-up

Latest update: 17 November 2017

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4  home

In 2002, the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a target: reduce the loss of biodiversity by 2010.

That target was missed, and a new set of targets for 2020 were adopted. More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2014 by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD):"Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 - Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity 

Latest update: 6 November 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.


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?


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?

Antibiotics Research home

Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health issue. What are the prospects for the development of new drugs to fight it? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2017 by the World Health Organization (WHO):"Antibacterial agents in clinical development - An analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including tuberculosis 

Latest update: 3 November 2017

Safety of sunscreens home

Zinc oxide (ZnO) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) are used in sunscreens. Are they safe? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2016 by The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA):" Literature Review on the safety of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticles in sunscreens 1

Latest update: 29 June 2017

Food & Agriculture home

Climate change poses a threat to food security; what are the strategies and policies that could help address this problem? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2016 by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO):" 2016 - The State Of Food And Agriculture

Latest update: 28 June 2017

Benzodiazepines home

Benzodiazepines are a class of pharmaceutical drugs that are widely prescribed for insomnia, anxiety, depression, and a range of other conditions.How should they be used, considering that dependance and tolerance can develop with continued use? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2015 by Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP):" Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice, Part B Benzodiazepines

Latest update: 26 June 2017

Arctic Climate Change home

The Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the planet, and in a region where ice and snow are so present, this has deep impacts. How will environments and populations worldwide adapt to these changes? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2017 by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP):"Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic, AMAP  

Latest update: 30 May 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