Green/natural Burial is apparently greener than cremation. This is burial in a location where the intent is not preservation of the body with the usual procedures, but essentially allowing normal decay and so forth. However this should probably be done by a company who knows what they're doing, as various disease issues exist with human remains, obviously you don't want to do it near a drinking water source etc. It also has to be done pretty quickly, again for safety/hygenic reasons. I wish I could remember the article source, but I bet a google on green burial would do it.
Cremation relases carbon and uses more energy. A lot of energy, if we're not using the indian model (which is probably better than the western/modern method of a huge furnace). Nonetheless, the carbon issue remains (no pun intended).
Of course depending on the local conditions, natural burial may not be viable, but for those where it is, I'd make it the number one choice, cremation the second.
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