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The greenest burial is an unadorned body in a shallow grave. But bioethicist Philip Olson says most folks prefer a more dignified send-off. Environmentally, that’s tough. Embalming fluids can leach into groundwater. And each cremation creates hundreds of pounds of CO2. Olson suggests a simple flush down the drain via alkaline hydrolysis. Technicians heat and pressurize a cylinder containing the body and corrosive chemicals. A few hours later, they flush the resulting organic liquid and place the bones in an urn. The 300 gallons of water aside, it could be a greener way to go.