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The big necessity : the unmentionable world of human waste and why it matters

Author: Rose George
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Human waste is a major public health threat: population growth is taxing even the most advanced sewage systems, and the disease spread by waste kills more people worldwide every year than any other single cause of death. Even in America, 1.95 million people have no access to an indoor toilet. Yet the subject remains unmentionable. The Big Necessity takes aim at the taboo, revealing everything that matters about how  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rose George
ISBN: 9780805082715 0805082719
OCLC Number: 234213749
Description: 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : examining the unmentionables --
In the sewers --
The robo-toilet revolution --
2.6 billion --
Going to the Sulabh --
China's biogas boom --
A public necessity --
The battle of biosolids --
Open-defecation-free India --
In the cities --
The end.
Responsibility: Rose George.
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Human waste is a major public health threat: population growth is taxing even the most advanced sewage systems, and the disease spread by waste kills more people worldwide every year than any other single cause of death. Even in America, 1.95 million people have no access to an indoor toilet. Yet the subject remains unmentionable. The Big Necessity takes aim at the taboo, revealing everything that matters about how people do--and don't--deal with their own waste. George also explores the infrastructure disasters waiting to happen and the potential saviors: from China's five million biogas digesters to the U.S. Army's personal lasers used by soldiers to zap their feces in the field.

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Informative and Entertaining - Highly Recommended

by grenda01 (WorldCat user published 2009-01-29) Excellent Permalink

I picked this book up without having heard about it previously and found it hard to pull myself away from the engaging stories and fascinating facts. The author is not trying to give a complete guide to toilets of the world or to give a simple history of sanitary practices, instead she pulls out the...
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