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 Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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