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Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates to reinvent toilets

WASHINGTON — The man who reinvented computers and made PCs a household item in most wealthy nations, Microsoft tycoon turned philanthropist Bill Gates, is now focusing his attention on recasting the toilet. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is pledging millions of dollars in grants to reinvent the toilet, its…

UN calls for action on water, slums crisis in cities

CAPE TOWN (AFP) – The world needs to act immediately to tackle an urban crisis of growing city slums that lack water and sanitation, a top UN official warned Tuesday on World Water Day. “We have a crisis, we must recognise that,” Joan Clos, UN Habitat executive director, told an…

UN declares access to clean water a human right

UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly on Wednesday recognized access to clean water and sanitation as a human right, a move hailed by water advocates as a momentous step toward a future treaty. After more than 15 years of contentious debate on the issue, 122 countries voted in favor…

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