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Fluorinated gases home

Fluorinated gasses have an effect on the ozone layer and on the climate. What are the stakes related to their use in refrigeration or air conditioning? More...

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

Latest update: 30 September 2019

Exposure to chemical mixtures home

Organisms, including humans, are exposed to mixtures of chemicals rather than to isolated, single compounds. Yet the safety of chemicals is usually assessed compound per compound.

But how to evaluate the risk of multiple possible combinations of chemicals when present in a mixture? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2015 by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA):"Harmonisation of human and ecological risk assessment of combined exposure to multiple chemicals 

Latest update: 21 August 2019

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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?

Sulfaxoflor Pesticide home

Sulfoxaflor is a new insecticide active ingredient that was recently registered for approval. It has been developed subsequent to the restrictions of use of neonicotinoids1, partly because of their effects on honey bees. Is this new molecule safe? More...

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

Latest update: 26 April 2019

Palm Oil home

Palm oil is one of the most used vegetable oils, in good part because oil palm culture is cost-effective.

What is the impact of oil palm culture for biodiversity and how can it become sustainable? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2018 by the World Conservation Union (IUCN):" Oil palm and biodiversity: A situation analysis by the IUCN Oil Palm Task Force

Latest update: 26 April 2019

Biodiversity home

Many species that are essential for biodiversity and for agricultural production, such as bees, are currently threatened. Since biodiversity underlies the food system, it is a critical issue for food security and for sustainable development. More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2019 by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO):" The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

Latest update: 25 April 2019

Global Warming home

The earth’s climate has already warmed up by 1.0°C since the beginning of the industrial period. What will happen when this reaches 1.5°C or 2.0°C? How can it be prevented? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2018 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):"IPCC Special Report Global Warming of 1.5°C 

Latest update: 24 April 2019

Marine litter home

Plastic waste is a growing issue: plastic production is projected to double over the next decade, and without a planning for the effective management of waste, the social, economic and environmental impact is also projected to increase.

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

Latest update: 15 February 2019

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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