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Lyme Disease home

What is the treatment? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2015 by Belgian Federal Public Service for Health (BFPSH):" Borréliose de Lyme - Report of a work group of Belgian specialist

Endocrine disrupting properties of pesticides home

The european regulations on pesticides have brought forward a debate on the concepts of risk and hazard in this particular context. More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2015 by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA):"EFSA supporting publication 2015: EN-867. 29 pp. EFSA (European Food Safety Authority), 2015. © European Food Safety Authority 

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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?

Pesticides occupational risks home

We review the scientific literature regarding the health risks associated with occupational exposure to pesticides. More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2013 by French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM):"Pesticides : Effets sur la santé - Une expertise collective de l’Inserm 

Substitution of harmful chemicals home

What are the challenges that are posed by this substitution process ? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2016 by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):" Synthesis Report from the OECD Workshop on Alternatives Assessment and Substitution of Harmful Chemicals 

Glyphosate and cancer home

What explains such a difference in the classification of glyphosate between the evaluations conducted by IARC and EFSA? More...

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

India Millennium Development Goals home

How did India fare in meeting the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2015 by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP):" www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/India_and_the_MDGs_0.pdf

Effects of cannabis home

Are teens well informed about the risks associated with cannabis? What are those risks ? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2015 by Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA):" The Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence

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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