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The big necessity : the unmentionable world of human waste and why it matters / Rose George.

Authors: George, Rose, 1969-
Call number: 363.72 GEO
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2008.
Publication date: 2008.
Subject: Sanitation -- Health aspects.
Online: Contributor biographical information
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Title: The big necessity : the unmentionable world of human waste and why it matters / Rose George.
Edition: 1st ed.
Physical description: 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents note: In the sewers: the art of drainage -- The robo-toilet revolution: the actress and the gorilla -- 2.6 billion "... and sanitation -- Going to the sulabh: spade black, dung, horse -- China's biogas boom: a pig in every bedroom -- A public necessity: frightening the horses -- The battle of biosolids: bad smell, big tomatoes -- Open defecation-free India: husband wanted; must have toilet -- In the cities: aqua-privies for Jesus -- The end: small energy.
Summary note: 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.
Biography note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9780805082715
LCCN: 2008029999
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