This study reveals how poop can be worth $9.5 billion

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From Feces to Fuel - Scientist Sees Potential in Poop-Power


On the same line of the study in the video above, the United Nations think tank researched a simple and very profitable solution to the disposal of human waste. According to Time, humankind produces 640 billion pounds of feces every year and 3.5 billion gallons of urine. This means that every individual is creating an incredible amount of human waste a year, and while in developed countries the process is as simple as flushing a toilet, it becomes a much greater issue in other regions.

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Twenty-five to 45 percent of human feces is actually composed of gaseous methane that is produced by the bacterial breakdown and a solid residue that can have an energy content similar to that of coal if dried and concentrated. According to the report, if the waste produced by one billion people was to be converted to fuel, the result could power 10 to 18 million households, being worth $376 million.

While the study shows promising ideas, the problem of implementation persists, especially when it comes to scale to a global level. On the other hand, any other great achievement of humankind was not an easy process and the implications of implementing such project could be enormous for the the environment and for society.

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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CHARMIN - Finalists at The 10th Annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest show off their stunning bridal creations made only of Charmin toilet paper, tape, glue and/or needle and thread on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in New York. (Amy Sussman/AP Images for Charmin)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CHARMIN - Susan Brennan, the winner of The 10th Annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, shows off her gown made of 20 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in New York. (Amy Sussman/AP Images for Charmin)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CHARMIN - The top three prize winners of The 10th Annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, Susan Brennan, Amber Mills and Katrina Chalifoux, show off their exquisite dresses made of Charmin toilet paper on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in New York. (Amy Sussman/AP Images for Charmin)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CHARMIN - Model walks the runway wearing toilet paper couture at The 10th Annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest sponsored by Charmin on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in New York. (Amy Sussman/AP Images for Charmin)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CHARMIN - Crafted from 16 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft by Mimoza Haska, of Surfside Beach, S.C., the winning toilet paper couture dress is displayed at RK Bridal during the ninth annual Cheap Chic Wedding Dress Contest sponsored by Charmin, Thursday, June 6, 2013, in New York. (Jason DeCrow/AP Images for Charmin)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CHARMIN - Finalists in the ninth annual Cheap Chic Wedding Dress Contest sponsored by Charmin rolled out toilet paper masterpieces for the chance to win $2,000, Thursday, June 6, 2013, in New York. (Jason DeCrow/AP Images for Charmin)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CHARMIN - Project Runway's Season 11 contestant Kate Pankoke judges toilet paper masterpieces during the ninth annual Cheap Chic Wedding Dress Contest sponsored by Charmin, Thursday, June 6, 2013, in New York. (Jason DeCrow/AP Images for Charmin)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 19: Katrina Chalifoux of Chicago poses with her winning creation during a toilet paper wedding dress construction contest at Ripley's Believe it or Not museum on 42nd Street. (Photo by Craig Warga/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 19: Terri Glover of Texas checks out her dress before the competition during a toilet paper wedding dress construction contest at Ripley's Believe it or Not museum on 42nd Street. Katrina Chalifoux of Chicago won the contest. (Photo by Craig Warga/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 19: One of the creations at a toilet paper wedding dress construction contest at Ripley's Believe it or Not museum on 42nd Street. Katrina Chalifoux of Chicago won the contest. (Photo by Craig Warga/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: Romanian priests on a visit to the Holy Land pause during their stroll along the beachfront to take photos of a model dressed in a toilet paper bridal gown as she poses with a male model dressed as her bridegroom during a photo-opportunity on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Seven dresses made either completely or partially of toilet paper were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: Models pose in bridal gowns made mainly of toilet paper during a photo-opportunity on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The dresses were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: Models wearing bridal gowns made mainly of toilet paper are prepared for a photo-opportunity on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The dresses were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: A model wearing a toilet paper bridal gown is prepared for a photo-opportunity on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Seven dresses made mostly of toilet paper were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: A male model dressed as a groom waits for female models dressed in bridal gowns made either completely or partially of toilet paper to join him for a photo-opportunity on the beachfront on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The dresses were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: A male model dressed as a groom poses with a female model dressed in a bridal gown made mainly of toilet paper, as another model waits to take her place, during a photo-opportunity on the beachfront on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The dresses were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: A male model dressed as a groom walks with models dressed in bridal gowns made mainly of toilet paper, during a photo-opportunity on the beachfront on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The dresses were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: Models pose in bridal gowns made mainly of toilet paper during a photo-opportunity on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The dresses were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
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