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Poop-Eating Worm

Claire Bernard | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Claire Bernard

Oxfam is testing the Tiger Worm Toilets, aka the poop-eating worm toilets, with several West Point residents. But judging from the smell, the construction of a toilet wasn't working well enough to keep the community healthy.

4 Reasons the Detroit Water Shut-Offs Matter

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 07.06.2014 | Detroit
Lisa Schechtman

Last month, the City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began to shut off water service for around 3,000 customers a week, people who have fallen behind on payments by more than $150 or 60 days.

Detroit's Water Cutoffs: Counterproductive and Coldhearted

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 06.26.2014 | Detroit
Rep. John Conyers

Imagine a week without running water. Imagine not only the physical thirst but also the inability to bathe, to cook, or to clean. This is the reality right now in Detroit. But we can change it.

When Women Are Dying to Go to the Toilet, We Can't Just Do Nothing

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 06.13.2014 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

Diarrhoeal diseases linked to fecal contamination kill 1,400 children a day. Another 162 million children worldwide are stunted -- they are undersized and may have developmental delays -- with the lack of adequate sanitation, water and hygiene being a contributing factor.

India Gang Rape Case Exposes How A Lack Of Toilets Endangers Women

AP | BISWAJEET BANERJEE | Posted 06.03.2014 | World

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — The two teenage girl cousins had walked out together at night, as they did every night, into the wild bamboo fields 10 or 15 m...

The Future of Water Is #Girlstrong

David Winder | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
David Winder

WASH Warriors: it's time to make toilets for all a reality, putting an end to the practice of open defecation and giving women and girls the tools to safely manage their menstrual hygiene needs.

Despite Progress, 748 Million Still Lack Access To Clean Water: New Report (HOW TO HELP)

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact

While notable improvements have been made, nearly 750 million people -- half in sub-Saharan Africa and half in Asia -- still lack access to clean drin...

One Simple Tool That Can Help With The World's Water Crisis

Jenna Sauber | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Jenna Sauber

Most of us have probably never questioned that clean water will come out the faucet when we want it. In the United States, homeowners and renters pay the monthly water bill without giving it a second thought.

Where Are the "Disrupters" for Labor on College Campuses?

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Take a fresh look at the labor movement. You could be organizers who make the case for union membership, or push for laws that help college students and working families.

Shining the Spotlight on Sanitation

Sasha Kramer | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Sasha Kramer

Gone are the days of sanitation languishing in the shadows while other basic human needs take the spotlight.

14 Ways To Make Sanitation Sustainable

Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact

What has more impact, new technology or behavioural change? Is there such a thing as a scalable solution that is also sensitive to cultural needs? Our...

Sanitation And Water For All -- Because We Must

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

'Sanitation and water for all' is more than a title. It is a goal that is both morally right and unquestionably necessary.

California Lawmakers Reconsider Bare-Hand Food Ban

AP | FENIT NIRAPPIL | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are beginning to back away from a new law that bans bare-hand contact with food in restaurants and ba...

This Toilet Will Zap Your Poo Into Fuel (And Save Lives)

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 03.20.2014 | Technology

While some engineers are busy perfecting sexting apps, others have turned their expertise to a decidedly less seductive, but more important pursuit. T...

These Cringeworthy Restaurant Truths Will Make You Think Twice About Dinner

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.29.2014 | Healthy Living

For peace of mind, we may prefer to imagine restaurants as sanitized bastions of total cleanliness. Their spotless surfaces have to exemplify the loft...

Bringing Urban Infrastructure to Communities On the Margins

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Informal settlements are especially underserved when it comes to infrastructure, and they often lack recognition from the government as well as the means to access necessities like clean water or healthcare.

Bloomberg Project Wastes Millions While 22,000 New York Children Remain Homeless -- What Will de Blasio Do?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 02.11.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

An expensive human scandal surrounds us. Thirty-three less prosperous countries take better care of their children than we do. It's unreal, it's shocking.

Ten Tips for Maintaining Your Home Kitchen Like a Restaurant Kitchen

Emily Teel | Posted 02.05.2014 | Taste
Emily Teel

Home cooks can become better cooks by taking a few kitchen tips from the big leagues.

Do Epic Sh*t

Toby Storie-Pugh | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Toby Storie-Pugh

I'm not fearful of not reaching Everest's summit. I have a possibly tongue-in-cheek theory that all motivations in life can be distilled down to fear. It is omnipresent, so you might as well be scared about something worthwhile.

Go Green -- But Not for Your Great-Great-Grandchildren

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 01.31.2014 | World
Bhagwan Chowdhry

We are increasingly becoming used to the rhetoric that goads us into worrying about generations that will come hundreds of years from now but we conveniently ignore the plight of many in our own neighborhoods today.

Bill Gates Is Getting The Toilet Wrong

www.nytimes.com | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact

In addition to eradicating polio in India and starting the personal computer revolution, the Seattle Superman of our age has managed to make going to ...

These Ridiculous Toilets Might Actually Be Onto Something

Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact

On the first ever World Toilet Day, we’ve been raising awareness for the 2.5 billion people who lack access to proper sanitation. As we investiga...

Indian Women Have To Risk Their Lives Just To Use A Toilet

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact

Less than one-in-three households in Indian villages have toilets, a dire situation that poses major safety risks for women who are often attacked whi...

UN Celebrates Inaugural World Toilet Day

AP | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The lack of access to a decent toilet is no joke for a third of the world's people, but a matter of life and death. Some 2....

World Toilet Day: Governments, Civil Society And Business Must Work Together to Tackle Sanitation For Women's Health

Jean-Laurent Ingles | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Jean-Laurent Ingles

Sanitation and hygiene are motors which drive health, social and economic development around the world. An environment that lacks sanitation and clean water is an environment where achieving other development goals is an impossible dream.