Out of the 10 million people or so who die each year in India, close to 85% of the population practice cremation, according to the latest UN statistics. This results in the cutting down of an estimated 50 million trees and the production of approximately 8 million tons of carbon dioxide each year.Do Indians still dump dead bodies in the Ganges River? How does this practice effect the environment of the river? Is the water contaminated, or is the water potable? Isn't this practice barbaric, and shouldn't it be stopped if it still goes on? Can you eat the fish that feed on the corpses? Would you? The poor and lonely people don´t get cremated but they ends up in the Ganges river anyway somehow. It is a natural and very common sight in India. In the western world it might be a crime scene, but not in India.