Friday, 16 November, 2018

Bill Gates stuns crowd with poop

Bill Gates shows a slide for an improved toilet system Bill Gates shows a slide for an improved toilet system
Pablo Mccormick | 08 November, 2018, 23:24

"This small amount of faeces could contain as many as 200 trillion rotavirus cells, 20 billion Shigella bacteria, and 100,000 parasitic worm eggs".

On Tuesday, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), and the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) held a Reinvented Toilet Expo in China that showcased innovative sanitation products.

"I never thought I'd know so much about shit", joked the billionaire.

"In places without sanitation you have got way more than that", Gates said, pointing to the feces inside the clear canister resting on a table.

Gates also said his and Melinda's foundation would be pledging a further 200 million United States dollars to encourage more companies to get involved with developing an affordable toilet of the future.

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Gates noted that the production of these toilets is in its initial phase, and that it will be at least a decade before reinvented toilets reach the masses in the poorest areas.

"They take both the liquid and solids and do chemical work on it, including burning it in most cases".

It is the first time Mr Gates' foundation has addressed an event in China, where President Xi Jinping is promoting a three-year "toilet revolution" to build or upgrade 64,000 public toilets by 2020 to help boost tourism and economic growth. Each year, poor sanitisation costs the world roughly $200bn (£153bn) in healthcare expenses and is estimated to be responsible for the deaths of half a million children under the age of five.

The ideas are being hailed by Gates as the "most significant advances in sanitation in almost 200 years", the news site reports.

According to the world health organization (who), 2.3 billion people worldwide still lack access to basic sanitation. "It's a question of how quickly this new category of off-grid solutions will scale", he said.

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"In rich countries we have sewers that take clean water in, flush some of the dirty water out, in nearly all cases there's a treatment plant", he said.

The stunt, of course, was to underline the very worthy need to deal with raw human waste.

The initial demand for the reinvented toilet will be in schools, apartment buildings and community toilet facilities, he added.

On his trip, Mr Gates also appeared at the First China International Import Expo in Shanghai, at a time of tension between the USA and China.

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