August 2017

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The first rule of a solar eclipse is, you don’t look directly at the sun with the naked eye. The second rule of a solar eclipse is, you don’t look directly at the sun with the naked eye. 
Waterfalls and lakes in Plitvice jezera national park, Croatia.
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Clean water is vital to life and one of our most precious resources, yet around 40% of the world’s population doesn’t have enough. At the same time, we are our own worst enemy as over 80% of wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem neither treated nor reused.
View of city square in Shanghai, China.
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With urban populations worldwide swelling, there’s an urgent need to calculate the sustainable performance of the buildings that we live and work in. But the variety and complexity of methods available can seem overwhelming. This is where ISO 21930:2017 comes into play. 
Man looking at the screen of a tablet where there is a woman wearing a headseat.
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Today’s knowledge economy requires diverse training and learning services beyond the formal, national education system. A new standard aims to not only help providers improve their service, but provide recognition and credibility on the international market.
Meteorological balloon in the sky
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As worldwide research into weather patterns and natural disasters rises, so too does the use of meteorological balloons. Increasing global trade and demand for balloons that provide accurate data requires an international approach. A new ISO International Standard has just been published to take them...
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The PDF format exemplifies the value of standards. Had the specification for PDF not been published from the technology’s introduction in 1993, PDF would just be one of a dozen document formats. More than any other single factor, Adobe’s decision to make the PDF specification freely available enabled...
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Getting the most out of ISO 26000, the world’s first and most widely used International Standard for social responsibility, is the aim of a new guidance document just published.

July 2017

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Early detection of fire and smoke are essential to save lives, property and the environment. Modern technology such as video fire detectors, especially in some high-risk places like tunnels, oil and gas environments, public buildings or storage areas, enable a fast response to a potential fire. A new...
Call center workers in cubicles
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We all know the frustration of phoning a call centre, only to be put on hold for an interminable amount of time or taken through a long and complex series of options before arriving at a dead end. And when we finally get hold of someone, it is usually to battle with the language barrier or be told to...
Front of a hippies Volkswagen painted van.
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Over the course of its seventy-year history, ISO has undergone a remarkable transformation, keeping pace with, and redefining its role in, a fast-changing world. But how have personal attitudes and responsibilities changed over the same time? We go family-style on a big platter of environmental issues.