23 de abril de 2019
ÚLTIMAS NOTICIAS:
English - News

Mexican says environmentally friendly funerals could become the norm

Mexico City, Sep 12 (EFE).- While environmentally friendly funerary processes are still hard to come by, growing one's departed loved ones into trees could become the norm in the future.

 Photograph provided by Gayosso showing their salt and sand pods in Mexico City, Mexico, Sept 12, 2018. EPA-EFE/Courtesy Gayosso/Editorial use only

Photograph provided by Gayosso showing their salt and sand pods in Mexico City, Mexico, Sept 12, 2018. EPA-EFE/Courtesy Gayosso/Editorial use only

Mexico City, Sep 12 (EFE).- While environmentally friendly funerary processes are still hard to come by, growing one's departed loved ones into trees could become the norm in the future.

David Morales, a researcher with the Chemistry Institute at Mexico's National Autonomous University (UNAM), told EFE that overpopulation and a growing shortage of plots, as well as the high amount of air and water pollutants released in burials and cremations will be a decisive factor toward eco-friendly ways of dispose of human remains.

Oscar Chavez, planning director at Gayosso, Mexico's leading provider of funerary services, said that, while clients often choose peculiar ways of honoring their dead loved ones, the current practices are bound to disappear due to an increasing environmental awareness.

Traditional burial and cremation processes involve a high amount of harmful chemicals, including varnishes and paints, as well as metallic ornaments used to adorn caskets, Morales said.

"If (the body) is cremated, it goes up into the atmosphere; if it is buried, most of the components find their way into the earth, polluting the soil," he said, adding that such contaminants can also cause groundwater pollution.

Mercury - which is added to bodies to preserve them - is also a harmful component.

To counter the harmful effects of traditional body disposal methods, new solutions have emerged over the past few years, including the use of organic pods, subjecting bodies to alkaline hydrolysis and even turning organic carbon into graphite.

Alkaline hydrolysis - also known as biocremation - is a process that has been recently introduced in Mexico, which consists of "accelerating the natural decay process through the use of water and temperature," yielding zero emissions.

According to Chavez, clients can also opt for a salt pod, which allows relatives to dispose of their loved ones' ashes in the ocean, or even compost husks that grow human remains into trees.

Yet of the 18,500 funerary services that Gayosso expects to provide this year, only 2 percent of clients will choose from among the environmentally friendly options, a figure the company expects to rise to 5 percent within the next few years.

Comentarios

Histórico de noticias
Bus crash in Bolivia leaves 25 dead

La Paz, Apr 22 (efe-epa).- A bus ran off the road and plunged 350 meters (about 1,150 ft.) to the bottom of a ravine near the Bolivian capital, resulting in...

Colombians resume search for missing after mudslide

Rosas, Colombia, Apr 22 (efe-epa).- Colombian authorities on Monday resumed their search for more than a dozen people listed as missing after a mudslide...

Trumps host 30,000 at White House for Easter egg hunt

By Javier Romualdo

Mexico's president vows to reduce violence as murder rate soars

By Eduard Ribas i Admetlla

Peruvian minister: No police negligence or abuse in Garcia case

Lima, Apr 22 (efe-epa).- Peruvian Interior Minister Carlos Moran on Monday rejected questions about the way in which police tried to arrest late President...

California residents battle pollution on Ormond Beach

By Ivan Mejia

Micro-brewery draws on tradition of Uruguay's beer mecca

Paysandu, Uruguay, Apr 22 (epa-efe).- Micro-brewery Bimba Brüder, a venture that started with two brothers and their cousin brewing beer at home, achieved...

Paqueta Island, the antidote to Rio de Janeiro's craziness

Sandra Carnota Mallon

Research reveals that some hydrocarbons have mineral origin

Washington, Apr 22 (efe-epa).- An international group of scientists at the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) announced on Monday that part of the Earth's...

Mexican circus adjusts to life without animal acts

By Martha Lopez

Quirky Uruguayan museum showcases the history of industrial food production

Fray Bentos, Uruguay, Apr 22 (epa-efe).- Although the machinery at the former Frigorifico Anglo site, a Uruguayan historic heritage monument, have not...

At least 19 people die in landslide as heavy rains pound Colombia

Bogota, Apr 21 (EFE).- At least 19 people have died after a landslide on Sunday wiped out several homes in southwestern Colombia following heavy rains that...

Popular Uruguayan hot springs discovered while searching for oil

By Raul Martinez and Sarah Yañez-Richards

Venezuela social networks, strange combination of reality, hyperpolarization

Jose Luis Paniagua

Venezuela's Zulia state hit by power outage

Caracas, Apr 21 (efe-epa).- A power outage hit the northwestern Venezuelan state of Zulia early Sunday, state-owned electric utility Corpoelec said.

Paragliding offers new way to view Uruguay River

By Sarah Yañez-Richards

Embiid leads 76ers to 108-112 triumph over Nets, provokes collective

New York, USA, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- Cameroonian power forward Joel Embiid returned to the Philadelphia Sixers as the star of Game 4 of the first round NBA...

Besides electricity, what else does Venezuela lose in a blackout?

By Hector Pereira

Supporters hope Argentina's Fernandez will enter presidential race

Aitor Pereira

Waves of trash expose Rio's environmental deterioration

By Sandra Carnota Mallon

Gunmen kill 13 at party in Mexico

Veracruz, Mexico, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- Armed men burst into a private party at a restaurant in the southeastern Mexican city of Minatitlan and killed 13...

Westbrook helps Thunder to first playoff win over Trail Blazers 120-108

Oklahoma City, USA, Apr. 19 (efe-epa).- Point guard Russell Westbrook on Friday scored an impressive 33 points, helping Oklahoma City Thunder beat the...

Democratic presidential candidate calls for impeachment trial against Trump

Washington DC, Apr 19 (efe-epa).- Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Friday urged the House of Representatives to initiate...

Cops scatter opposition protest against Ortega near Managua cathedral

Managua, Apr 19 (efe-epa).- Nicaragua's anti-disturbance police scattered demonstrators protesting against the Daniel Ortega government at the end of the...