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Biological diversity (Part 3): challenges and objectives for 2050 More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2020 by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD):" Global Biodiversity Outlook 5

Latest update: 29 July 2021

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Biological diversity (Part 2): the results of past & present action plans, objectives, actions and means at the horizon 2030 More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2020 by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD):" Global Biodiversity Outlook 5

Latest update: 22 July 2021

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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?

GBO 5 home

Biological diversity (Part 1): the context of the Convention and its objectives More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2020 by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD):" Global Biodiversity Outlook 5

Latest update: 11 June 2021

Single-use plastics home

Reusable tableware consistently outperforms single-use tableware in all the studies and across most environmental impact categories More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2021 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):"Single-use plastic tableware and its alternatives – Recommendations from Life Cycle Assessments 

Latest update: 20 May 2021

Biological Diversity home

Key decisions adopted in 2018 by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in preparation for a 2050 Biodiversity Vision for the Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 report published in 2020. More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2018 by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD):"Report of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity on its 14th meeting and its decisions - 2018  

Latest update: 5 May 2021

Epidemic diseases home

Key steps taken by an intercountry meeting organised by the WHO in 2019 to strengthen regional and national capacity to detect, verify and control emerging infectious diseases with epidemic and pandemic potential. More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2019 by :"Intercountry meeting on the strategic framework for prevention and control of emerging and epidemic-prone diseases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region  

Latest update: 20 April 2021

Mineral extraction risks home

The objective of this OECD Guide is to identify, prevent or mitigate through "due diligence" processes the risks of human rights, but also reputational and legal liability issues for companies related to mineral extraction in high risk of conflict area More...

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

Latest update: 3 April 2021

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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