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.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.