ISO officials have pledged to promote development and deployment of climate-friendly technologies for use by industry around the world. ISO, the world's largest developer of voluntary technical standards, signed a partnership agreement with leaders of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI). Backed by the United Nations, CTI aims to combat global climate change that may stem from industrial pollution and economic development. "Business and industry need more than calls for action," explains ISO Secretary-General Lawrence D. Eicher. "They need practical tools, including standards, for doing the job. Developing such tools is where ISO can help." For example, he adds, ISO is ready to develop standards on reducing "greenhouse gas" emissions--standards that will be suitable for adoption by all types of economies. ISO also has a portfolio of hundreds of international standards dealing with such environmental aspects as the quality of air, water, soil, and emissions.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material thats ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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