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The study discovered that the cremations were dirty too. Dental fillings mean that they account for as much as a fifth of Britain's mercury emissions; regulations require crematoria to cut mercury emissions by half by 2012. There is also the call for green burials. "This could mean sharing hearses, or using homegrown flowers and coffins made with cardboard or willow, which biodegrade easily."
The economist reported in 2010 that new technologies are changing the picture, one such is water cremation or alkaline hydrolysis, where a corpse is placed into a heated solution of water and potassium hydroxide. In a few hours, the corpse dissolves into an inorganic liquid, which can be used as fertiliser, and a white ash-like residue. Another nascent technology takes a different approach, The body is freeze-dried in liquid nitrogen, then vibrated so that it dissolves into a fine powder. Furthermore processes evaporate water and remove things like mercury. The residue can be put into a shallow grave and turns to mulch in about a year.
DA Roth of Signatureurns writes that a cemetery in Victoria state in Australia has begun an innovative way to bury the dead in an environmental friendly and inexpensive way; an alternative to cremation. This is "standing room only" for those who choose to be buried in this unique cemetery. The deceased are placed in biodegradable body bags instead of the normal caskets, and buried vertically on land that is used for animal grazing.


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 08:14:15 PM EST
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I'm finding it odd that my instinctive reaction is that cremation is hygienic, but dissolving bodies and using them as fertiliser is a step or two too close to Soylent Green.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 07:27:09 AM EST
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