Are Human Burial Practices Messing Up Earth’s Ecosystems?

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Are humans destroying the circle of life? #decomposition #death #burial #ecosystem
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5783396/

Putrescine and cadaverine https://www.rsc.org/images/TM0512-putrescine-cadaverine_tcm18-221656.pdf

Biochemistry Changes That Occur after Death: Potential Markers for Determining Post-Mortem Interval
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A greener way to go: what’s the most eco-friendly way to dispose of a body?
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jul/09/greener-way-to-go-eco-friendly-way-dispose-of-body-burial-cremation

More People Want a Green Burial, but Cemetery Law Hasn’t Caught Up
https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2019/11/20/more-people-want-a-green-burial-but-cemetery-law-hasnt-caught-up#:~:text=While%20no%20state%20laws%20explicitly,burial%20to%20gain%20a%20foothold.

Thinking About Having a ‘Green’ Funeral? Here’s What to Know
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Scientists search for death’s aroma
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Recycling the dead
https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/recycling-dead

Decomposers
https://www.scienceworld.ca/resource/decomposers/

Life after death: the science of human decomposition

https://www.theguardian.com/science/neurophilosophy/2015/may/05/life-after-death

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The science of human decay
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Postmortem Changes
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK539741/

Burial & cremation rates in US
https://nfda.org/news/statistics#:~:text=Rates%20of%20Cremation%20and%20Burial,up%208.1%25%20from%202015).