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Gates Foundation Throwing $42 Million Into The Toilet

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Image credit Lloyd Alter: Broken Toilets in the Amazon Bill and Melinda are making a big investment in " a strategy to help bring safe, clean sanitation services to millions of poor people in the developing world." The foundation notes that a billion people have to shit in the open, and billions more lack a safe, reliable toilet or latrine. Sylvia Mathews Burwell of the Global Development Program says: No innovation in the past 200 years has done more to save lives and improve health than the sanitation revolution triggered by invention of the toilet," Burwell said in her speech at AfricaSan, the third African Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene, organized by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW). "But it did not go far enough. It only reached one-third of the world. What we need are new approaches. New ideas. In short, we need to reinvent the toilet. If only this were true. ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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