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California is trying to fight a deadly Hepatitis A outbreak

Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency amid a growing outbreak of Hepatitis A, a highly contagious virus that affects the liver. In San Diego, where more than 500 cases
This organization uses human-centered design to deliver impactful sanitation solutions

This organization uses human-centered design to deliver impactful sanitation solutions

In many parts of the western world, buying a toilet isn't something most people think twice about. But for around 40% of the global population — and particularly within rural communities — modern pour
How World Vision uses partnerships to meet ambitious water, sanitation, and hygiene goals around the globe

How World Vision uses partnerships to meet ambitious water, sanitation, and hygiene goals around the globe

Imagine delivering a child in a place where you're required to bring your own water to the delivery room, in a healthcare facility in which there's no viable way for the staff to wash their hands
It’s a dirty job, but studying fake faeces may be lifesaver

It’s a dirty job, but studying fake faeces may be lifesaver

Bath University scientists hope research into fake excrement could tackle waste-related illness in countries that lack efficient sanitationIt’s not a project for those of a delicate sensibility.
Germophobes would love this bacteria detecting towel

Germophobes would love this bacteria detecting towel

The Mizu Smart Towel changes color when it detects bacteria, telling you when to throw it in the wash.
Akshay Kumar: Toilet isn't a dirty word – my latest film made me love the loo | Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar: Toilet isn't a dirty word – my latest film made me love the loo | Akshay Kumar

The Bollywood star hopes that the story of Anita Narre, who shocked India by leaving her new husband because his home had no toilet, can inspire the country to tackle a sanitation crisis that blights
How Water Mission's WASH solutions stand the test of time

How Water Mission's WASH solutions stand the test of time

For developing communities in many parts of the world, safe drinking water is far from a guaranteed part of daily life. Hand in hand with water safety is the issue of proper sanitation. A lack of
This fancy shoe cover is perfect for keeping your floors clean

This fancy shoe cover is perfect for keeping your floors clean

'Clean Step' shrink wraps your shoes so you don't dirty up your floors. Ever.
'We fight with each other over water': rivers run dry in Mozambique – in pictures

'We fight with each other over water': rivers run dry in Mozambique – in pictures

In the absence of basic sanitation, life in rural Mozambique during the dry season involves a relentless cycle of arduous journeys to collect water unfit for drinking. The struggle for survival, which
What Happens to Mardi Gras Beads?

What Happens to Mardi Gras Beads?

Festive beads are key to New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebration, but they're also causing a major headache to the city's sanitation department. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.
Do Automatic Toilets Waste Water?

Do Automatic Toilets Waste Water?

Automatic-flush toilets are supposed to be more sanitary, but does that come at an environmental price? Learn why phantom flushes happen and what the industry is doing about it in this episode of
The dirtiest thing in your hotel room is not what you think

The dirtiest thing in your hotel room is not what you think

Travel is a dirty business. From public transit to airports to taxis, germs run rampant. You may think once you check into…
Here’s how to make Alexa control a toilet — because why not?

Here’s how to make Alexa control a toilet — because why not?

Alexa-controlled toilets are a thing in 2018, but cost thousands. An enterprising person can make their own by following these instructions. It takes a bit of work, multiple components and about $750
Life without toilets: the photographer tackling a global taboo

Life without toilets: the photographer tackling a global taboo

Andrea Bruce’s prize-winning images from India, Haiti and Vietnam document the deeply sensitive issue of open defecation, which affects 1.1 billion of the world’s poorest peoplePhotographs: Andrea
More than 800m people need to travel 30 mins for safe water, report finds

More than 800m people need to travel 30 mins for safe water, report finds

To mark World Water Day, NGO says accessing water is getting more difficult in world’s most environmentally stressed nations Water inequality is increasing in the world’s most environmentally stressed
First XDR typhoid is on the verge of being untreatable, spreading globally

First XDR typhoid is on the verge of being untreatable, spreading globally

Health experts say outbreak is a "clarion call" for health authorities worldwide.
Dignity, community and hope in the Haitian slum of Jalousie – in pictures

Dignity, community and hope in the Haitian slum of Jalousie – in pictures

Behind the brightly painted exterior of Jalousie, one of Haiti’s largest slums, lies a community struggling with a lack of sanitation, intermittent electricity and rivers of plastic waste.

Tushy is the simple bidet for every toilet

If there’s one thing I envy in the global spirit and character its the appreciation of a fine bidet. Hygiene being close to godliness, one can imagine the huddled scientists at CERN and KAUST and
Human beds have much more saliva and fecal bacteria than chimp beds

Human beds have much more saliva and fecal bacteria than chimp beds

Humans take hot showers, wash their sheets, and use soaps, disinfectants, hand sanitizers and all sort of other cleansers to keep themselves free of dirt and germs. And yet, after all that effort,
'Islam... Does Not Encourage Excess': Massive Hajj Clean-Up Begins

'Islam... Does Not Encourage Excess': Massive Hajj Clean-Up Begins

Mina (Saudi Arabia) - Thousands of cleaners are busy separating plastic from other rubbish as more than two million Muslims wrap up a pilgrimage to Mecca that presents a huge environmental challenge