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Why Do Public Bathrooms Make Us So Anxious, And Why Aren't We Doing Anything About It?

The Conversation US | Posted 11.20.2015 | Weird News
The Conversation US

American public bathrooms are often designed to make the experience exceedingly uncomfortable. Silence about the issue persists, largely because of cultural taboos that discourage any discussion about alleviating design flaws.

Sanitation Challenge for Ghana's Cities

Patrick Moriarty | Posted 11.22.2015 | Impact
Patrick Moriarty

Average living standards improved while the government managed to halve the rates of poverty, hunger and lack of clean drinking water. Despite this success, one major failure sticks out: sanitation.

Sanitation Financing: An Opportunity to Accelerate an End to Open Defecation

Gary White | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Gary White

As the world leaders set out to determine how to achieve the new ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, we encourage them to explore ensuring access to affordable capital for sanitation solutions for all.

On World Toilet Day, More Than Just Poop Emojis

Sarina Prabasi | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Sarina Prabasi

Some people have suggested that a campaign around poop emojis is superficial. But when it comes to engaging the public on a serious but seemingly far-away problem, we're counting on our poop emoji friends to give us a hand.

On World Toilet Day Reality More Offensive Than Words

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 11.21.2015 | World
Sanjay Wijesekera

The world has come a long way. In 1990, nearly half the global population lacked adequate sanitation and 1 in 4 people worldwide (1.3 billion) defecated in the open. In 2015, 68 percent of the global population -- which is now 2 billion higher -- has improved sanitation.

WASH UP! for Universal Children's Day

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Every child has the right to survive and thrive, but for far too many children, this right is denied in the simplest of areas, particularly in the provision of clean, safe, and child-friendly water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services such as toilets.

Women and Toilets. A Tale of Two Worlds.

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS | Posted 11.17.2015 | Women
Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS

The indignity of a missing or dysfunctional toilet has health and personal safety consequences for girls and women, especially during their periods.

Why I Donated a Toilet to Wikipedia

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

This time I'm supporting Wikimedia Foundation by donating a toilet to their headquarters. It's for their gender-neutral bathroom, and it's my third donated latrine.

Et tu, Toilet? Tips for Tackling Tricky Toilets

Wendy E. Simmons | Posted 10.19.2015 | Travel
Wendy E. Simmons

Whether the foe you face is a pit latrine, a hole in the ground, a long drop or squat toilet, a filthy fly-infested outhouse, or just your standard issue loo that's seen better days, here's how to make peace with the enemy.

Here's How Rats End Up In Toilet Bowls

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science

If you don't like rats, you might want to sit down for this -- but maybe don't sit on the toilet. Intrigued by the question of how rats make it i...

Mobile Showers and Toilets Give Homeless a Clean Slate

NationSwell | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact

Silas Borden has spent the last five years living on the streets of San Francisco. He's used to making the best with what he has, so when he stumble...

The Power and Potential of Improving Water Efficiency: CaliforniaToilets

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 07.09.2015 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Debates about water in California, the western U.S., and indeed, worldwide, have traditionally focused on the question of how best to further expand water supply to meet some hypothetical future increase in water demand.

One-Third Of World Doesn't Have A Toilet. Here's What It Will Take To Change That.

AP | KATY DAIGLE | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact

NEW DELHI (AP) — Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialized West, but still are a luxury for a third of the world's people who have no acce...

How to Solve the World's Toilet Problem

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

Sanitation is a different story. It is not an exaggeration to say that the one of the biggest health threats children face -- diarrhea -- is precisely due to the fact that 2.4 billion people -- 1 in 3 worldwide -- do not have a good enough place to defecate.

Giant Toilet Clog In Florida Turns Out To Be Alive Iguana

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 06.09.2015 | Weird News

Talk about a crappy way to go. An iguana in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, died Sunday after it was pulled from a toilet, reported ABC affiliate WPLG Lo...

She Pours Coke Into Her Toilet -- You're Going To Freak Out When You See This | Posted 06.01.2015 | HuffPost Home

Cleaning the toilet is one of the most dreaded household tasks. There's nothing glamorous about it, but if you use Coke, it'll turn the messy chore into a simple task.

Showers and Toilet on Wheels Give Homeless a Clean Slate

NationSwell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact

Silas Borden has spent the last five years living on the streets of San Francisco. He's used to making the best with what he has, so when he stumbled upon a bus offering free showers and a toilet, he couldn't resist.

Promoting WASH Through Traditional Leaders And Technology

Anna Winters, PhD | Posted 10.26.2015 | Impact
Anna Winters, PhD

When we first started working in the WASH sector in Zambia, we were using mobile phones and cloud-based data aggregation to engage government workers. We worked through community volunteers and district environmental health technicians. Little did we know, we had only scratched the surface.

Zambia Hits Major Milestone In Push To Stop Open Defecation

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact

Zambia just took one big step forward toward becoming an "open-defecation-free" country. According to the Southern African nation's government, no...

Forget The Seven Kingdoms, And Rule Your Bathroom With This

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.16.2015 | Weird News

This throne won't grant its sitter dominion over the seven kingdoms, but ruling the bathroom is totally fair game. Tim Baker, the lead designer at ...

9 Easy Earth Day Tips You Won't Find Anywhere Else

Noah Horowitz | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Noah Horowitz

You don't have to buy a hybrid car or install solar panels to make changes that have a significant environmental benefit, save money and are easy to do.

This 124-Year-Old Patent Reveals The Right Way To Use Toilet Paper

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business

The eternal debate over bathroom conventions seems to have actually been answered more than a century ago. Toilet paper should be "over," not "under."

Flushing vs. Composting in Drought Stricken California Valley

Angie Cordeiro | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Angie Cordeiro

California has antiquated composting toilet regulations that need to be modified to address the current 20+ year catastrophic drought that we are facing.

4 Truths About Water and Sanitation

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Lisa Schechtman

Right now, one-third of the world's population lives without a decent toilet. One in ten people doesn't have access to safe drinking water. Without these, even basic handwashing can be beyond reach.

The Road to Health Goes Through the Toilet

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

In many countries, open defecation is a hidden problem. Hidden among the poor, in rural areas, or remote villages. But it should not be hidden away from public discourse.