The big necessity : the unmentionable world of human waste and why it matters / Rose George.
- 1st Holt paperbacks ed.
- New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Co., 2009, ©2008.
288 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
- Sanitation -- Health aspects.
Feces -- Sociological aspects.
Sewage -- Sociological aspects.
Toilets -- Sociological aspects.
Sanitation -- Health aspects.
- 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.
- 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.
- "A Holt paperback."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-276), filmography (p. 277) and index.
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