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Cancer home

Cancer burden is rising globally, what can be done to prevent a further increase? What are the strategies that can be used for cancer prevention and early detection? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2020 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC):"The World Cancer Report 2020 : Cancer Research for Cancer Prevention 

Latest update: 24 March 2020

Cancer home

The most comprehensive, up-to-date science on cancer prevention, including statistics, causes, mechanisms and early prevention. More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2020 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC):"World Cancer Report: Cancer Research for Cancer Prevention 

Latest update: 23 March 2020

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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?

Europe Green Deal home

The European Union has published, at the end of 2019, a European Green Deal, which covers policy guidance on climate and pollution. These are the essential proposals. More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2019 by European Commission (EC):"The European Green Deal 

Latest update: 7 January 2020

Biodiversity home

The IPBES has published its first global assessement of biodiversity. What are the conclusions of this evaluation of ecosystems and the services they provide ? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2019 by The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES):"The global assessment report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem services, summary for policymakers 

Latest update: 20 December 2019

Biosecurity home

Biosecurity is concerned with animal and plant diseases, invasive species, the transmission of diseases from livestock to humans, and the effect that all of these can have of health and the environment. How can it be ensured through an integrated approach? More...

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

Latest update: 16 December 2019

Chlorpyrifos pesticide home

The approval of chlorpyrifos has recently been suspended by the european commission.

What are the EFSA conclusions that led to that suspension of its approval? More...

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

Latest update: 13 December 2019

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: 21 November 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