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  • Boyd Dent: Cemetery Hydrology

    Some newer delegates and visitors to the CCANSW website may not be familiar with Body Dent's thesis "THE HYDROGEOLOGICAL CONTEXT OF CEMETERY OPERATIONS AND PLANNING IN AUSTRALIA".

    The purpose of this research has been to evaluate the potential contamination impact of cemeteries on groundwater. A comprehensive study of the groundwaters in the unsaturated and saturated zones of nine Australian cemeteries has been made, with most sampling between October 1996 and August 1998. Periodic sampling from 83 wells or ponds yielded 305 complete samples which were tested for at least 38 inorganic and 5 bacterial analytes. Other, partially complete samples were used for metals and bacterial analyses. The soils of all sites were tested for a range of analytes that might reflect or affect the presence of human decomposition products.

  • Delhi government planning to build green crematoriums

    New Delhi: Asian Age reports Identifying burning of biomass as one of the major sources of pollution in the city, the Delhi government said it has hired an agency to create engineering designs for creating non-polluting crematoria with smoke tappers.

  • South Africa Report: Covid-19 burials do not increase water pollution risk

    A Water Research Commission report has indicated that the burials of people who have died of Covid-19 does not increase the risk of pollution of the environment and groundwater as the virus is unlikely to survive.

    However, according to the report entitled Death and Burial in the Time of Covid-19: Environmental and Health Risks, very little is known regarding Covid-19, and there are no records available for mass burials.