World Toilet Day
November 19, 2012
It's easy for us to take things like sanitary sewers for granted, but the UN has declared today World Toilet Day
, and it's worth noting that 7,500 people die every day
because they don't have access to safe sanitation, including toilets. That's truly unacceptable in 2012.
Drought continues: River traffic threatened
November 26, 2012
The drought may become a little more invisible in the winter months, but it's still with us, and now the lack of rain is threatening barge traffic on the Mississippi River
. The river is a major economic thoroughfare, and if traffic is shut down (as it might be around St. Louis), that could have a serious impact on the economy.
No meaningful relief from drought
November 27, 2012
The persistent drought didn't really improve this month -- Iowa has only gotten about half of its normal rain for November, and most of the state is in a severe drought or worse
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