Environmental impacts: General

Anumo, S. 2013

‘Potential ecological risk of heavy metal distribution in cemetery soils’, Water,Air and Soil Pollution, 224:2, 1-12.

Canning, L. & Szmigin, I. 2010

‘Death and disposal: the universal, environmental dilemma’, Journal of Marketing Management, 26: 11-12, 1129-42.

da Cruz, N., Lezana, Á. & Freire dos Santos, P. & 3 others 2017

‘Environmental impacts caused by cemeteries and crematoria, new funeral technologies, and preferences of the Northeastern and Southern Brazilian population as for the funeral process’, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24, 24121–24134. 

Daramola, O. 2019

‘Environmental sanitation implication of the disposal of the dead: a tale of two traditional African cities’, Environment, Development and Sustainability, 21:2, 727-744.

Daramola, O. 2017

‘Polluting till death and beyond: A perception study of the disposal of the dead in a traditional African city’, Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, 28:3, 400-413.

Daramola, O., Ojo, A., & Joel, S. 2014

‘Environmental sanitation perception and practices of the disposal of the dead in the Ile-Ife City, Nigeria’, International Journal of Academic Research in Environment and Geography, 3:1, 15 36.

Douglas, K. 2013

‘The current state of public cemeteries in Rivers State, Nigeria’, Nigerian Health Journal, 13:1, 58-61.

Fieldler, S., Breuer, J., Pusch, C.M. & 4 others 2012

‘Graveyards – special landfills’, Science of the Total Environment, 419, 90-97.

Franco, D., Georgin, J., Camo, L. & 6 others 2022

‘The environmental pollution caused by cemeteries and cremations: a review’, Chemosphere, 136025.

Keijzer, E. 2017

‘The environmental impact of activities after life: life cycle assessment of funerals’, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 22:5, 715-730.

Martin, D. 1996

‘On the cultural ecology of sky burial on the Himalayan plateau’, East and West, 46: 3/4, 353-70.

Santarsiero, A., Cutilli, D., Cappiello, L. & Minelli, L. 2000

‘Environmental and legislative aspects concerning existing and new cemetery planning’, Microchemical Journal, 67, 141-45.

Slominski, E. 2023

‘Life of the death system: shifting regimes, evolving practices, and the rise of eco-funerals’, Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy, 19:1, 2243779.

Stowe, J. P., Schmidt, E. V., & Green, D. 2001

‘Toxic burials: the final insult’, Conservation Biology, 15:6, 1817-1819.

Żychowski, J. 2011

‘The impact of cemeteries in Kraków on the natural environment – selected aspects’, Geographia Poloniza, 84:1, 13-32.


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