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Sanitation for all

Nature volume 486, page 185 (14 June 2012) | Download Citation

Water pollution from sewage is causing great damage to India. The nation needs to complete its waste systems and reinvent toilet technologies, says Sunita Narain.

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  1. Sunita Narain is director general of the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi and author of Excreta Matters: How Urban India is Soaking up Water, Polluting Rivers and Drowning in its Own Waste (State of India's Environment, Centre for Science and Environment, 2012).

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