Dispatches: An Amazingly Crappy Story

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In 2009, Canadian researcher Geoff Hill asked park managers across North America what problems did they needed solved? Every single one of them said, “Human waste.” Since then, Hill has been on a quest to figure out what to do about the fact that each year national parks in the US and Canada get hundreds of millions of visitors, and at some point most of them have to take a dump. So far, every solution has failed, and so with every trip to the outhouse we’re contaminating groundwater, spreading disease, and costing parks a fortune. Recently, however, Geoff found an elegant remedy.

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