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During Travel To India, Bill And Melinda Gates Discuss Global Health Efforts

News outlets report on Bill and Melinda Gates’s visit this week to India. Hindustan Times: Bill Gates shares Modi vision of affordable toilets “Having stepped down as chairman and then turning to a ‘technology adviser’ for Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella, he now spends his time trying to save people…

Kashmir Flood Waters Threaten Risk Of Disease, Health Experts Say

Associated Press/The Guardian: People of Kashmir face risk of serious disease in wake of devastating floods “The floodwaters are finally receding in much of Kashmir, but health experts worry a crisis could be looming with countless bloated livestock floating across the waterlogged region and hundreds of thousands of people living…

Flooding In Pakistan, India Displaces Nearly 1M People

News outlets report on flooding in Pakistan and India that has displaced nearly one million people. The Guardian: Kashmir monsoon floods leave 460 dead and displace almost a million “Authorities in Pakistan and India are struggling to cope with raging monsoon floods which have killed more than 460 people, displaced…

Research Can Help Improve Water, Food Security

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: How Research Can Banish Water and Food Scarcity Frank Rijsberman, CEO of the CGIAR Consortium, discusses the consortium’s “research into water scarcity, livelihoods, and food security” (9/5).

Stockholm Water Meeting Ends With Call To Focus On Water, Sanitation

Bloomberg News: Stockholm Water Week Ends With Plea to Join U.N. in Talks “One of the premier water events of the year ended today with a plea to the energy and agricultural industry to curb waste while improving efficiencies ahead of U.N. climate talks…” (Hackley, 9/5).

Changing Attitudes Critical To Solving India’s Sanitation Problem

New York Times: India’s Sanitation Needs Editorial Board “India may finally be on the verge of making progress on eradicating one of its most intractable problems: open defecation because of a lack of toilets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi deserves credit for focusing on the scourge. But it will take more…

Bangladesh Sees Success In Sanitation Efforts; India Still Struggles

Thomson Reuters Foundation: How to stop open defecation? Even if you build a toilet, they may not come “Bangladesh and India have long tried to stop people from defecating in outdoor public places — a practice that spreads fatal diseases — but Bangladesh has had much more success than the…

World Water Week To Bring Water Efficiency Into Spotlight

The Guardian: ‘Water efficiency should be our goal,’ says head of World Water Week “[Head of the Stockholm International Water Institute and World Water Week] Torgny Holmgren explains why the 2014 [World Water Week] theme is energy and water and what impact he hopes this year’s conference will have…” (Young,…

More Than 2B Gained Access To Clean Water Since 1990, WHO Says

Christian Science Monitor: Since 1990, billions more have access to clean water “Over the past couple of decades, easier access to clean water has become a reality for a huge portion of the world’s population. According to a publication released by the World Health Organization, … more than two billion…