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10 events that need their own landfills

By: Bryan Nelson on Oct. 29, 2009, 5:13 p.m.
A temporary temple on fire at a Burning Man festival

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Burning Man

Despite its leave-no-trace philosophy, Burning Man isn't exactly an environmentally friendly event. For one, the gathering in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno, Nev., takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy. In 2007, the event boasted a 99-foot oil derrick that consumed 900 gallons of jet fuel and 2,000 gallons of liquid propane to blast a mushroom cloud 300 feet into the sky. In fact, there's a actually a group of San Francisco scientists who created CoolingMan which calculates how much the event contributes to global warming.