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Sanitation

America's Poor and the Human Right to Water

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Obama's budget cuts will make it harder for municipalities to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to average U.S. households, but the poorest Americans will be even more at risk of losing access to these basic human rights.

WATCH: Matt Damon Speaks Out About Global Water Crisis

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Matt Damon chose to focus his efforts on the global water crisis for two reasons: "One was the enormity of the problem and two was the availability o...

What's Wrong With 311 in Los Angeles

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Olmsted

Citizens who take the time to keep their neighborhoods clean should not have to jump through hoops. The operator should just send the information where it belongs.

Garbage Collection Set To Resume After Storm

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — New York City's sanitation department plans to resume collecting trash and recyclables after services were suspended because of last ...

The F Word: Setting the Story Straight on Snow "Slowdown"

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Laura Flanders

It's worth noting: the story of a union-staged work slowdown after New York's first major snowstorm of the year has been debunked pretty thoroughly by now.

City Declares Emergency As Snow Approaches

| Mariel S. Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

MANHATTAN -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a weather emergency late Tuesday afternoon as a Nor'easter bore down on the Big Apple. Sanitation wor...

A Great Government Investment

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

With all the talk about cutting budgets, the federal, state and local governments should invest more in an activity with a terrific ROI - aggressively...

Nervous NYC Overdoes It For Friday's Light Snow

AP | SARA KUGLER FRAZIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — New York City came out overprepared Friday for a weak storm that delivered just a few inches of snow – not enough to plow in mo...

The F Word: Public Workers Getting Snowed

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Laura Flanders

Non-New Yorkers gloat beware -- the Big Apple's storm offers just a taste of the problems that are likely to be coming your way.

POOP Founder on World Toilet Day

Deanna Neil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deanna Neil

While poop can be funny, ecologically sound waste management and basic sanitation are no joke.

Major Aid Organizations "Duped Donors" and "Failed Haiti" Group Charges

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

The Disaster Accountability Project (DAP) released an online petition today, targeting leaders of major disaster relief and aid organizations for failing to do more to prevent the cholera outbreak in Haiti.

Cholera in Haiti: "a disease of poverty"

Crossover Dreams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Crossover Dreams

Cholera is spread through the ingestion of contaminated water. Photo: United Nations By Peter Costantini Ansel Herz has filed three stories so far...

Survivor 21: Infants vs. Senior Citizens: They Baffle Science!

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

I've been complaining for a few weeks now that this season of Survivor has been tortuously dull. Well this week it bounced back with twists so bizarre that, in the words of my idol W.C. Fields: "They baffle science!"

Haiti: Cholera Outbreak Metaphor for No Accountability

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

It began as a trickle of questions and sketchy information last night. An email from a friend and colleague in Haiti: "Do you know what is happening a...

Children Should Carry Books, Not Crappy Water

John Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Sauer

Nathan Strauss, 17, a student at Abington Senior High School in Pennsylvania, is part of a growing movement of America's youth who are stepping up to make a change in the lives of the students around the world who are carrying water and not books.

The Four R's: Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic... and Restrooms

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Greenblatt

Sanitation is a basic need that could enable a new destiny for billions of people and it is time to apply the same degree of innovation and ingenuity to this problem that has been brought to bear in other fields.

The Neglected Development Goal

Jan Eliasson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jan Eliasson

Sanitation is still one subject in international development that goes unmentioned. It is an issue that touches on the lives and health of millions of individuals, and one which world leaders have promised to address.

Stockholm Water Confab Rings Alarms, Offers Hope

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

According to freelance journalist Rose George, a child dies from diarrhea -- usually brought on by fecal-contaminated food or water -- every 15 seconds. But human waste can be used to good purpose.

Turning Water Rights Into Reality

John Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Sauer

Developing countries need to prioritize water as the keystone to development, just as the United States did at the turn of the 20th century.

On World Water Week 2010

Karl Hofmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karl Hofmann

In the time it takes you to read this post, another eight children in developing countries will have died from water-related illnesses. That, I think we can all agree, is no way to start the school year.

Report from South Asia: Is Universal WASH Access in Reach?

John Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Sauer

I've been amazed at how much is happening on the ground. Despite the multitude of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) problems, the issue seems entirely solvable here.

Meetings, Ministers and the Least Appealing of all Causes

Karl Hofmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Karl Hofmann

Billions of people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Improving access not only saves lives, it can also increase education rates, reduce poverty and drive economic growth.

Why US Philanthropists Should Care About Sanitation and Water

John Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Sauer

Over the past three years, only 42% of aid for water and sanitation has been targeted at least developed and low-income countries where the need is the greatest.

Dealing with the Rainy Season in Haiti -- A Dusty First Move

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

We recently found out that the government of Haiti identified a site for temporary location of homeless people living in flood-prone settlements in Port-au-Prince. They took two months to identify the site and we had one week to prepare it.

Worshipping at the Porcelain Altar: How Toilets can Change the World

Steve Fleischli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Fleischli

If I had to make a list of things Americans take for granted, the toilet would be near the top. That's because most of us don't really think about to...