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    A new standard ensures their quality

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    TEDx talks in Geneva, 11 February

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    Keeping it clean

    The newly revised standards for cleanrooms have just been published

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    Waging the war on bribery

    A new standard to fight bribery reaches voting stage

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Straws get a sip of standardization

Colorful, functional, fun, both kids and adults love them. Billions of drinking straws are produced each year; yet despite their worldwide use, plastic (polypropylene) straws had never been the subject of standards and specifications.

New ISO standard speeds up quality control and facilitates trade of probiotics and starter cultures

Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, present in yogurt and other dairy products, are well-known medical foods used as a probiotic, or "friendly bacteria", to maintain a healthy digestive tract. Flow cytometry, a cell-counting method for assessing the quality of cultures by determining the proportion of active cells, had met with a degree of skepticism. Now, a new ISO standard rubber-stamps the validity of this method, speeding up quality control and facilitating trade.

My take on Davos and the 4th industrial revolution

Walking the snowy streets of the small Swiss town of Davos, it’s impressive to know that 40 heads of state and 2 500 leaders from business and society are here to talk about some of the most important global challenges facing us today.

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Climate chaos

Record heat, melting ice and rising seas show how climate change is affecting us. Around the globe, seasons are shifting and temperatures are climbing, threatening to deprive us of the very things – air, water, food and a safe place to live – we depend on for survival. But there’s new hope ahead.

ISO has produced over 570 environment-related standards, including those that monitor climate change, quantify greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promote good practice in environmental management and design.

In the January/February 2016 issue of ISOfocus, we ask the top experts in the field how ISO’s portfolio can address climate change, reduce GHG emissions, and manage mitigation and adaptation

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