The United Nations’ highest policymaking body declared access to water and sanitation to be a basic human right two years ago. But a coalition of “water justice activists” in late July said that goal remains little more than a good intention.
A new report predicts urban air pollution will become the No. 1 cause of premature death in the coming decades, beating out poor sanitation and dirty drinking water to take more than 3.5 million lives per year.
Cholera, the scourge of centuries past, has infected 100,000 people in Zimbabwe, dwarfing the body count of the much better publicized swine flu and demonstrating once again the dramatic and tragic inequality of health care in many parts of the developing world.