How Your Death Affects Climate Change

December 3, 2014 9:49 PM

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You might take solace in the fact that when you die, your days of polluting the planet are over. But the truth is that the method you choose to dispose of your mortal remains has more of a deleterious impact on the environment than you might think.

Today, more than 50 percent of Americans choose conventional burial for their bodies when they die. This means that they are pumped full of embalming fluid (a known carcinogen), put into a casket (often made of tropical hardwood), and buried inside a concrete grave liner. This is to stave off the na...

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