Category: People & Community

Accessing my world – ISO standards to remove barriers

ISO standards to remove barriers Few things can be more frustrating than thoughtlessness and bad design that excludes people. But sometimes the best way to cater for people’s differing needs is not clear. That’s where ISO Standards come in. Covering everything from placement of signage for blind people to safer pedestrian crossings for the deaf ...

New UN supply chain system to slash delays, save lives in large-scale health crises

In collaboration with partners and as a part of a global supply chain network, the United Nations emergency food relief agency has set about developing the first-ever information platform to better manage supply chains and efficiently match deliveries with demand in responding to large-scale health emergencies such as pandemic outbreaks. “The creation of this new ...

How bad is air pollution in the UK?

The government must devise a new plan to clean the air after losing two court cases. As part of the So I Can Breathe series, we examine air pollution in the UK. Who is most to blame and what should be done? How bad is UK air pollution? Air pollution is a major contributor to ...

HP pledges 25% emissions reduction by 2025

HP has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its global operations by 25 percent by 2025, compared to 2015. The IT giant says it will reduce its climate impacts through a three-phase approach: first, optimizing energy efficiency in its operations and buildings. The other two phases focus on shifting toward less GHG-intensive ...

Is there a way to tackle air pollution?

The search for solutions to the threat of polluted air is generating ideas that range from the modest to the radical to the bizarre. A London primary school may issue face-masks to its pupils. The council in Cornwall may take the extreme step of moving people out of houses beside the busiest roads. Four major ...

Is London really prepared for climate change, cyber attacks and terrorism?

ICE London’s new knowledge programme will seek to answer whether the capital is prepared for human and environmental threats. London is a growing city, predicted to contain 11 million people by 2050. The demand for housing, offices and retail areas continues to grow as the city becomes ever larger. But how prepared is this booming ...

Over time, nuisance flooding can cost more than extreme, infrequent events

Long-term impact of climate change on US cities is rising, UCI researchers find Global climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding. According to researchers at the University of California, Irvine, ...

Health care services remain inviting cyber-attack targets

With health care data fetching significant profits both in underground data sales and ransomware, the industry is an inviting target, but network scans indicate organizations remain vulnerable. The health care industry continues to be a major target of attacks, with stolen electronic health records generating lucrative profits for data thieves and ransomware attacks often leaving ...

Unplugged natural gas leak threatens Alaska’s endangered Cook Inlet belugas

Natural gas from a 52-year-old underwater pipeline has been leaking for at least two weeks into Cook Inlet in Alaska, home to a number of endangered species, including beluga whales. The company that owns the pipeline, Hilcorp, has said that the pipeline cannot be shut down without posing additional risk to the environment or employee ...

Climate Disclosure Project’s report shows progress on emissions but says it’s not enough

More than 4300 Suppliers to Large Companies Complete Survey, with About One-Third Saying they Reduce CO2 Emissions in 2016. The latest annual supply chain report from the UK's Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) repeats the same theme as most recent years, finding some progress in the reduction of carbon emissions in the supply chain, but that ...

Taking auditing to new level with International Standard under revision

ISO’s popular standard for auditing management systems is under revision and has just reached the first voting stage, a crucial step in its development. Organizations are increasingly turning to management systems, in a quest to be more effective and save time and money. Many companies have several different management systems, each focusing on different areas, ...

Leading global collaboration in climate change standards

ISO is collaborating globally to update and extend its climate change standards and help the world minimize and adapt to the effects of climate change. There is now little doubt that climate change is happening. It is the major environmental challenge of the 21st century, and it affects us all. “The scientific evidence for warming ...