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Interesting fact about cremation practices

Poorest people cannot afford costs of dying.

The poorest people in society cannot afford to pay the costs of funerals, a survey has revealed. Researchers said the average cost of dying – including funeral, burial or cremation and state administration – stands at £7,622, having risen by 7.1% in the past year.

They estimate that more than 100,000 people will struggle to pay for a funeral this year. The authors of the study at the University of Bath’s Institute for Policy Research have called on the government to review the system of state support for funeral costs.

In spite of the lowest recorded mortality rates for England and Wales, the cost of dying has increased over recent years. The average cost of a funeral rose by 80% between 2004 and 2013 and is expected to continue to increase.

source the Guardian

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How Much Is Your Dead Body Worth?

Dead bodies have become big business.

Each year millions of people’s lives are improved by the use of tissue from the dead. Bodies are used to supply spare parts, and for surgeons to practice on. Horizon investigates the medical revolution that has created an almost insatiable demand for body parts and uncovers the growing industry and grisly black market that supplies human bodies for a price.

They removed the video from Youtube ;-(


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Cremation on Cuba

Cremation an option for increasing numbers of Cubans today  10 / 06 / 2007

What before was a sporadic event now is a growing demand in Cuban society, commented Víctor Valdés Morales, director of the Necrology Services of Havana.

According to this official, since last May, Provincial Necrology Services of the city began to offer cremation services. During this period 113 bodies have undergone this process. Valdés Morales explains that this system is a boon to the environment by reducing the number of burials in the 21 cemeteries of the capital that some present problems of availability of niches and crypts.

“Current practice demonstrates that requests in funeral culture are expected to increase. By that time we will have cold storage chambers which we do not have at present and that limits to six the number of services a day,” the official explained.

From tradition to will Although it may seem incredible, a survey done by this paper among inhabitants of the capital revealed that cremation is the preferred option above the old tradition of burial.

The Crematorium was built in the New Guanabacoa Cemetery and was finished in January of 2006. Since then it began setting up the new incinerator, manufactured in Spain with advanced technology. The process was responsibility of technicians and assistants, specialists of the Center of Automation and Engineering of the Ministry of Informatics and Communications and engineers of the Electricity Company of the capital as well as the National Association of Innovators and Rationalization.

Eyder González Caobí, one of the operators of the equipment mentioned initiatives of Cuban technicians preparing an electronic command panel and the design of a tray to deposit the body that allows a better manipulation of bones and speed up the incineration that is calculated to last, approximately, two and a half hours.

Source: By Marianela Martín, Lourdes Pérez, Ariel B. Coya, Juventud Rebelde

Read more: Original article here! Cuba Headlines

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European Law

According to the European Law pyrolysis is a form of burning as long as the resulting biochar is afterwards burned to ashes. So the only conclusion can be that there is no principle obstacle to start with petpyrolysiums.

Directive 2000/76/EC of the European Parliament

Article 3 Definitions
4. “incineration plant” means any stationary or mobile technical unit and equipment dedicated to the thermal treatment of wastes with or without recovery of the combustion heat generated. This includes the incineration by oxidation of waste as well as other thermal treatment processes such as pyrolysis, gasification or plasma processes in so far as the substances resulting from the treatment are subsequently incinerated.

This definition covers the site and the entire incineration plant including all incineration lines, waste reception, storage, on site pretreatment facilities, waste-fuel and air-supply systems, boiler, facilities for the treatment of exhaust gases, on-site facilities for treatment or storage of residues and waste water, stack, devices and systems for controlling incineration operations, recording and monitoring incineration conditions;

Article 2 Scope
1. This Directive covers incineration and co-incineration plants.
2. The following plants shall however be excluded from the scope of this Directive:
(b) Experimental plants used for research, development and testing in order to improve the incineration process and which treat less than 50 tonnes of waste per year.


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Test Rabbit

Infrared test

Stripped and prepared microwave

A broken microwave oven is the base stripped the useless parts out and closed all the holes in the oven. Made three vents pressure inlet and outlet and the outlet for gases during the pyrolysis phase.


All the newly created spaces filled up with extra insulation.

infrared test

Getting a small animal to preform tests on, isn’t that simple.
The supermarket had a test rabbit nearing his ultimate sell date with 30% deduction.


And the test is underway.
Temperature set to 80 degrees with thermocouple in carcass.
Curious to see how far the evaporation of the water-content has progressed after 24 hours.

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Pet Cremation

Over population and city live combined with abundant fossil fuels give rise to cremation in the western world. Man’s companion the omnipresent cat’s and dog’s have there own crematoriums and if  a better method than cremation in the form of pyrolysis is available pet cremations are in our spotlight. In places where human cremation is heavy regulated, pet-cremation can act as a introduction because it’s a special kind of waste disposal.

But 311 doesn’t tell you what to do with a rotting animal carcass until your normal trash pickup day. So you call Clarke or any one of the numerous other people and services who will pick up your animal. How many animals are we talking about? “About 90 percent of pets die by euthanasia,” says Dr. Amy Kurowski of St. Marks Veterinary Hospital. In her practice, about 95 percent of those are cremated.
In the rest of the country, it may still be common to bury the family pet in the backyard. But there are an estimated 1.7 million pets in New York City, and most apartment dwellers don’t have that option.

The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery  photo by Jared Gruenwald
The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery
photo by Jared Gruenwald
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Thai Cremations Bangkok

Nowadays, Chinese and Christians tend to change from burial to cremation because of acute problems with space to bury the dead.

In Bangkok, there are 308 temples that provide about 2,254 cremations per month, and every coffin uses an average of 3.75 square meters, or 0.4043 kilograms of plastic. That means, in the course of a month, more than 900 kilograms of plastic are incinerated at the temples in Bangkok, adding to pollution caused by cars and factories. Nowadays,
most of coffins are made of chipboard or particleboard that looks like real wood.
Both produce many pollutants such as dioxins and heavy metals.
Coffin handles, inner lining, sanitary sheets including decorations around the coffin are all made of artificial materials mainly plastic. Glues in chipboard and paint, containing formaldehyde, are also pollutants when burnt. Clearly, cremation is a practice that generates and releases extreme smoke pollution that contains cancer-producing materials such as dioxins and furans (Association of Burial Grounds, 2003; Cunningham et al, 2003; Environmental Health Department, 2001; Kruaysawat, 1999;
UNEP Chemicals, 2001).

Moreover, mercury emissions from dental amalgams during cremation
may cause huge effect to the environment. Mercury will leak from these fillings because of mercury’s low vapor pressure and add to the mercury levels already present in the body. The hazards of mercury are severe even in small doses. Once present in the body mercury immediately and continually affects the functions of the kidneys and can affect the central nervous system. Loss of balance, prevalence of antibiotic resistant intestinal
bacteria, and risk of low fertility are other health effects of mercury (Malony, 1998; Scarmoutzos and Boyd, 2003, UNEP, 2003).

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the Yishin Crematory

World’s Largest Crematory

The world’s largest crematory, the Yishin Crematory, is located in Shanghai. The facility has 24 incinerators that help dispose of most of the roughly 100,000 people that die in Shanghai each year. Members of the “burn teams” that do the dirty work have ash all over their clothes, in their hair and in their fingernails. The workers say that busiest time of the year is before Lunar Year because more people die in the winter than other times of year and families want to make sure all funeral rites are completed before the holiday begins.

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Do the Math

Do the Math: A Movie to Spark a Movement

There is so much fossil fuel in the ground we can make the world uninhabitable for ourselves if we burn it all.
We have to stop using fossil fuels for non-essential practices like cremation’s, we can do it with solar power!

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