The Big Necessity

The Big Necessity

The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805082715
Branch Call Number: 363.72 George 12/2008
Characteristics: 288 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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IPL_Mandy May 27, 2014

We always here about the need for clean water in developing countries, but I never thought about the reasons why. This book clearly and thoughtfully explains why much of the available drinking water is contaminated around the world - a lack of proper sewage sanitation. While this sounds like an unappealing topic (toilets, sewers, methods for waste disposal), it is told through stories about individuals and how they cope in their daily lives, and of people who are creating innovative ways to deal with the problem. It's even entertaining and funny at times. Serving suggestion: a tall glass of clean water and anything with fibre


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