My heartiest congratulation goes to Bangladeshi Scientist Abul Hussam on his achievement of being recognised as a "hero" of the environment in the Oct-29 issue of TIME magazine. His SONO filter which costs $35, is said to remove 98 percent of arsenic content in water and hence it is a filter which is capable of saving the lives of 137 million people around the world who use arsenic-contaminated water.
The harm which arsenic can cause is known to us all. Abul Hussam deserves praise for his hard work, determination and years of research---all for the sake of creating a filter capable of destroying arsenic. In our country, arsenic contamination of groundwater has led to a massive epidemic of arsenic poisoning and only our concerted efforts can help us to fight this battle against arsenic. He has indeed made us proud and it is men like him that our country needs if we are to prevent the poor people living in the villages from drinking arsenic contaminated water.