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San Francisco spends $3.1m/year on homeless toilets and $65m/year cleaning up poop

San Francisco's housing crisis is also (of course) a homelessness crisis, and homelessness crises beget public defecation crises -- and San Francisco has a serious public defecation crisis. The city
Bill Gates Uses Jar Of Poop To Spread Message Of Life-Saving Toilet Tech

Bill Gates Uses Jar Of Poop To Spread Message Of Life-Saving Toilet Tech

Better sanitation could save 500,000 lives and $233 billion annually.
Why Bill Gates brought a beaker of poop to a gathering in China

Why Bill Gates brought a beaker of poop to a gathering in China

On a stage in Beijing, Bill Gates took out a beaker of yellowish-brown fluid and put it on a nearby podium. “This is a container…
Bill Gates just brought a jar of poop on stage — for a very good reason

Bill Gates just brought a jar of poop on stage — for a very good reason

Bill Gates just brought a jar of human poop on stage during a speech. Yes, you read that right. To be fair, there was a good reason for Gates' use of the unusual prop. He was appearing at the
What India can learn from Ethiopia about food security

What India can learn from Ethiopia about food security

Despite India’s fast economic growth and poverty reduction over the past few decades, food insecurity remains very high. This puzzle has been named the “south…
Five million families in Britain living in houses without baths – archive, 29 November 1960

Five million families in Britain living in houses without baths – archive, 29 November 1960

29 November 1960: Despite the fact that most of these houses are also without hot-water supply and inside lavatory there is low take up for government grant scheme Mr Frank Allaun, the member for
Scientists think Alabama's sewage problem has caused a tropical parasite. The state has done little about it.

Scientists think Alabama's sewage problem has caused a tropical parasite. The state has done little about it.

Raw sewage–soaked lawns are a common sight in and around Lowndes County. “It's an infectious disease nightmare,” said one parasitologist.
India’s smart city scheme has no space for the poor

India’s smart city scheme has no space for the poor

India’s urban population is growing. More than 50% of the country’s population is forecast to be living in cities by 2030. This is a major…
Tired of dark fields and jeering men: the bride who led a 'toilet revolution' | Amrit Dhillon

Tired of dark fields and jeering men: the bride who led a 'toilet revolution' | Amrit Dhillon

Komal Hadala’s hellish treks to relieve herself inspired a campaign that left her Indian village flushed with successThe day after her wedding, Komal Hadala was shaken awake at 4am by her
Maps show how Bengaluru is expanding way too quickly for its residents

Maps show how Bengaluru is expanding way too quickly for its residents

The home of India’s tech industry is growing rapidly. But basic government services have yet to catch up. While most people in the southern Indian…
The 12 key takeaways from Narendra Modi’s last budget

The 12 key takeaways from Narendra Modi’s last budget

The Narendra Modi government today (Feb. 01) delivered its last annual budget. Faced with a general election in weeks from now— and the scars of…
Is India cleaner after Modi’s Swachh Bharat?

Is India cleaner after Modi’s Swachh Bharat?

Open defecation levels have come down, but not as much as the Narendra Modi government claims.
Housing in sub-Saharan Africa improves but millions of people live in slums

Housing in sub-Saharan Africa improves but millions of people live in slums

Study identifies major transformation in quality of living conditions, but governments urged to improve urban sanitationFrom cities to the countryside, Africa has undergone a dramatic transformation
Facebook political ads show Modi is still king of social media in India

Facebook political ads show Modi is still king of social media in India

BJP seems to be campaigning aggressively with his face and name.
'Hygiene is the first priority': Nepal looks to clean up its act on sepsis

'Hygiene is the first priority': Nepal looks to clean up its act on sepsis

In a country where dirty water and poor sanitation jeopardise the lives of millions, moves are afoot to improve health facilitiesIt was midnight when Kalpana and Rohit Agri had to take their
'My message is simple: use the toilet': tackling open defecation in Nigeria

'My message is simple: use the toilet': tackling open defecation in Nigeria

Regular patrols are helping to ensure villagers in Kano state are practising good hygiene, to improve sanitation and cut diseaseWhen Nasiru Ibrahim goes on patrol around his village, he’s not looking
Sewage, Zika virus – and the team in Brazil mapping disease hotspots | Dom Phillips

Sewage, Zika virus – and the team in Brazil mapping disease hotspots | Dom Phillips

Volunteers in Salvador’s favelas are collecting data on deadly infections and inequality to help campaign for better sanitationWearing crisp, white T-shirts and carrying tablets, the students fan out
Narendra Modi to face down critics by hailing Clean India scheme a success

Narendra Modi to face down critics by hailing Clean India scheme a success

Prime minister’s announcement of an end to open defecation in India marred by claims of coercion and violenceNarendra Modi is to declare that his flagship sanitation programme has ended open
Clean India Mission shows that flexibility is key to even poo healthy

Clean India Mission shows that flexibility is key to even poo healthy

The mass participation has turned the mission into a national movement.