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The Big Necessity

The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

By Rose George
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The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters by Rose George

The Big Necessity (2008) takes a detailed look at the issues surrounding human excrement. Most people would rather ignore these issues – but turning a deaf ear is precisely what’s led to the sanitation crises plaguing the world today. Sanitation is too important to dismiss; a lack of it is causing thousands of needless deaths worldwide. Find out what can be done to help in these blinks.

  • Anyone who’s ever had a bowel movement
  • Anthropologists interested in city-planning, urban design and living
  • Activists interested in global health and saving lives

Rose George’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Guardian and Scientific American. Her other books include Ninety Percent of Everything and A Life Removed.

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