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As governments, business and the ordinary consumer attempt to recalibrate their daily existence to avoid the consumption of fossil fuels, we are often frustrated by the sheer scale and size of the task. What, we often ask, can we do to make a difference?

Hosting 6 % of the world’s biodiversity on its tiny land mass, it’s no wonder Costa Rica is committed to protecting the environment. Now, the next milestone on the political agenda is achieving carbon neutrality. Mauricio Céspedes, Executive Director at INTECO, ISO’s member for the country, explains …

The same disruptive technologies that are changing our lives and revolutionizing virtually every sector of the economy can be used to create a more sustainable world. By setting the standards that frame these initiatives, ISO/TC 207 helps scale solutions to our most urgent environmental challenges. 
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Well over half the world’s population does not have access to safe sanitation. For many people, this means the indignity and risks that come of having no toilets. The answer, it seems, lies in new sustainable treatment plants. ISO and the Gates Foundation have joined forces to show how clean toilets …
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Due to the rising energy scarcity as well as global warming, countries are now paying much closer attention to clean-energy technologies and using green tech in industry. ISO has just released its May/June 2019 issue of ISOfocus dedicated to everything clean, green and sustainable.
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Cocoa is a tricky business. The prime ingredient in one of the world’s favourite treats, chocolate, the humble cocoa bean, is a difficult crop to cultivate. What’s more, it is mostly grown on smallholder farms in regions of the world that lack adequate infrastructure and offer poor living conditions. …
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Today, many people who are visually impaired or have low vision must cobble together different tools just to use everyday items. But this is set to change thanks to a new ISO standard for accessible design that will bring tactile information to the use of everyday products. 
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What does the future hold? This year on 28 April, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work draws attention to the future of work and reminds us of the importance of ISO solutions in combating work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide.
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Floods, droughts, record-breaking temperatures – the evidence indicates that addressing climate change has become one of the world’s most pressing issues, which is why the publication of two ISO standards will have a significant part to play in helping to reduce damaging greenhouse gases.
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National libraries are amazing resources, community assets and treasure troves of knowledge. But what makes them so amazing? A new ISO standard helps to find that out via a combination of performance indicators and specific methods for impact assessment.