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Fisheries and aquaculture home

The production of fish and seafood continues to grow, year after year, even if capture fisheries have stopped expanding since the late 80s.

Is this sustainable? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2018 by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO):"  The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 - Meeting the sustainable development goals.

Latest update: 30 November 2018

Nanomaterials home

The increased production of new manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs) and their use in consumer and industrial products means that workers in those industries are the first to be exposed to these materials.

How are those risks managed? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2017 by the World Health Organization (WHO):"WHO Guidelines From Potential Risks On Protecting Workers Of Manufactured Nanomaterials 

Latest update: 19 November 2018

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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.


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?

Land Degradation and Desertification home

Land is an essential resource for human survival, and yet it is being degraded sometimes to the desert state through unsustainable uses. How can land conservation efforts help to reverse the current worrying trends in the state of our land resources? 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 November 2018

Children & Screens home

How are children using smartphones and tablets?

What are the potential consequences of screens and what should parents do to protect them? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2018 by European Commission (EC):"Young children (0-8) and digital technology, a qualitative study across Europe 

Latest update: 15 November 2018

Hazardous chemicals home

What can be done to reduce the effects of exposure to harmful chemicals? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in by the World Health Organization (WHO):"" 

Latest update: 15 October 2018

Radiological nuclear emergency home

Emergency response is, at its most, effective when the organizations and bodies that are involved are adequately prepared.

When it comes to nuclear and radiological emergencies, what are the steps needed for this preparedness? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2015 by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):" International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Standards for protecting people and the environment

Latest update: 8 August 2018

Water resources home

Demand for water in the world is steadily increasing at the same time as the water supply is facing challenges from pollution, climate change, desertification, agriculture. Can these challenges be met with solutions inspired by natural processes? More...

This is a faithful summary of the leading report produced in 2018 by UN Water:"United Nations World Water Development Report 2018, Nature-based Solutions for Water 

Latest update: 18 July 2018

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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