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Seven die cleaning Indian hotel septic tank: police

Ahmedabad - Seven people have suffocated to death while cleaning a hotel septic tank in western India without safety gear, police said Saturday.

Essential Science: Seed could bring clean water to millions

Shortage of clean water is a major health issue and cause of widespread disease in low income countries. To partly address this, researchers have developed ‘f-sand’ and it has a botanical component.

New initiative to bring clean water to needy children

The Mac and PC tech company OWC (Other World Computing) has teamed up with the charity Splash to bring water to children in need. Splash is a social justice organization committed to the poor.

India built 20 million toilets in two years, PM says

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday his government had built more than 20 million toilets and brought electricity to thousands of villages as he delivered an Independence Day report card.

India built 20 million toilets in two years, PM says

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday his government had built more than 20 million toilets and brought electricity to thousands of villages as he delivered an Independence Day report card.

India built 20 million toilets in two years, PM says

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday his government had built more than 20 million toilets and brought electricity to thousands of villages as he delivered an Independence Day report card.

Officials: Clean up efforts of Rio's Olympic waters have failed

Rio De Janeiro - Athletes taking part in the marathon swimming, sailing and windsurfing events next month at the Rio Summer Olympic Games have been warned by health officials to keep their mouths closed when in the water.

Better enforcement of FDA food-safety guidelines needed

Nutritional experts and the American public both agree on the importance and value of fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. Along with this perception, there has been a significant increase in the production of these healthy products.

Indians respond to Modi's 'Clean India Campaign'

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the "Clean India Campaign," inviting the country's citizens as a whole to participate in cleaning the nation.

Low-caste Indians still forced to clean human waste: rights group

Mumbai - Low-caste Indians are still routinely forced into manually removing human excrement from toilets despite a highly-publicised law introduced last year to end the "discriminatory practice", a rights group said Monday.

Ebola distracts from Africa's other outbreak: Cholera

The cholera outbreak going on in Northern Cameroon has already killed at least 65 people and infected over 1,300. Hampered by incursions from the insurgent Boko Haram sect, and with the world focused on the Ebola outbreak, Cameroon expects more deaths.

World Toilet Day: The right to have clean water and sanitation

Most people reading this article can go to their kitchen for a glass of water, or use the bathroom without a second thought. But what about the 2.5 billion people in our world today without sanitation or a source of clean drinking water?

Scores are dead in Nigeria as cholera outbreak continues

Cholera has been the scourge of mankind for over 200 years, killing millions of people. Once thought to be caused by "bad air," we now know it is spread through poor sanitation practices and a lack of hygiene, still common in developing countries.

Photo story: Living dirty in India Special

The manholes in Jothiammal Nagar, Chennai, overflow and fill the streets with sewage. Garbage dumped by the residents is not cleared by the civic body. The area lacks even basic hygiene. Is this the way to live?

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants a new toilet

Toronto - Most of the world doesn't think about toilets but in remote areas that have little water, and no sanitary systems toilets can mean life and death. In many areas of the developing world human waste enters into the water system resulting in disease.

Elderly New York woman fined for throwing old newspapers in trash

New York - An 83-year-old Upper East Side woman is upset after a local sanitation worker fined her $100 last month for throwing a bag of old newspapers in a green trash can. The lady said she “froze” and “scared me to death.”

Study: E.coli contamination found on half of shopping carts Special

On your next trip to the grocery store, be aware, much more than groceries may be riding in your shopping cart. More bacteria exists in these carts than in public bathrooms or on a city bus, and children may be the most at risk.

NYPost: New York snow clearing slowed purposely as budget protest

Unionized snow-clearing sanitation teams operating in New York City boroughs purposely slowed their efforts to protest budgetary issues, stranding countless city residents. The city denies the allegations.

Iowa hibachi chef fined for licking toads on the job

Davenport - Chef Christopher Turla earned his Davenport, Iowa restaurant a $335 ticket Wednesday after health inspectors saw a video of him kissing and licking toads in the kitchen of the local eatery. The county health department was less then amused by his antics.

Landfill workers couldn’t resist free cases of out-of-date beer

Dozens of cases of expired beer deposited in a landfill proved to be too much temptations for two Columbia, Missouri, sanitation workers who allegedly carted off dozens of cases of the dud suds.

Slumdog team contribution to help slum children in Mumbai

The ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ team has recently announced a commitment of £500,000 in a 5-year program to improve the lives of slum children in Central Mumbai, India.

More Than One Billion People Lack Access to Safe Drinking Water

More than one billion people still lack access to safe drinking water, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said.

Mozambican Singer Wins Environmental Prize For Highlighting Health Issues In Africa

A Mozambican musician who writes songs about clean water, sanitation and AIDS has been awarded a top environmental prize. Described as the "Nobel Prize of grassroots environmentalism, " the songs emphasized the importance of things like washing your hands

Cooking up 'nanorust' could purify water

If scientists can find a cheap, effective way to create this kind of nanorust, it could vastly improve the lives of millions around the world!
 

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Cholera in Cameroon is spreading rapidly.
Cholera in Cameroon is spreading rapidly.
Priscilla Sogah
Cows eating trash  Jaipur  India.
Cows eating trash, Jaipur, India.
Marcin Białek
Screen grab of women marching for improved access to toilets on November 18  2014.
Screen grab of women marching for improved access to toilets on November 18, 2014.
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One of the problems facing Harare is a crumpling sanitation infrastructure.
One of the problems facing Harare is a crumpling sanitation infrastructure.
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Inadequate urban sanitation affects over two billion people around  the world.
Inadequate urban sanitation affects over two billion people around the world.
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In India  many people defecate on the banks of the holy Ganges River. above is the line to the templ...
In India, many people defecate on the banks of the holy Ganges River. above is the line to the temple. Photo by Yaniv Malz in mid 2008.
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In a slum in Kenya  this is where people get their water.
In a slum in Kenya, this is where people get their water.
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Washington: Occupy D.C. camp at McPherson Square
Washington: Occupy D.C. camp at McPherson Square
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Child defecating in a canal in the slum of Gege in the city of Ibadan  Nigeria
Child defecating in a canal in the slum of Gege in the city of Ibadan, Nigeria
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