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2015-11-16. Celebrating United Nations World Toilet Day.

posted Nov 19, 2015, 12:02 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated Nov 19, 2015, 12:03 PM ]
By Cathy Cockrell, UC Berkeley News Center. For GSS Population Growth chapter 5. Excerpt: ...the annual international observance dedicated to the toilet, meant to draw attention to the worldwide sanitation picture and its impact on health, safety and the environment. The facts may be startling to those who enjoy modern sanitation: An estimated 2.4 billion people worldwide (about one in three) lack access to a facility that at least separates human excrement from human contact. More than a billion relieve themselves on the ground or into open bodies of water. Nearly a thousand children a day die of diarrhea related to water, sanitation or hygiene. ...William Tarpeh...’s using new technical processes to extract nitrogen from urine to create a nutrient-rich fertilizer.  ...Emily Woods is Tarpeh’s counterpart on the feces side of sanitation. A mechanical engineering grad student at Berkeley, she’s also co-founder of Sanivation, a young business venture that has begun converting human feces into cooking charcoal in a poor community in Kenya........  http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/11/16/celebrating-world-toilet-day-reinventing-sanitation/