Author Archive | Jason

The Trouble with Offsets

To date, there have been multiple attempts by trade groups to develop and verify a carbon offset methodology for biochar. Briefly, a carbon offset credit is a payment made by an emitter of carbon (a power plant, mine, oil refinery) to the developer or owner of a carbon sequestration project (owner of a forest reserve, […]

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Call for re:char Summer Interns (Kenya and Austin)

It’s that time of year again. As our organization grows, we need talented people to fill positions. We  believe an intensive, summer internship is the best way to identify and hire permanent team members. Working for re:char isn’t easy. We work in some of the toughest areas on the planet. If you think you have […]

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IBI Convenes Biochar Characterization Standard Working Group

The International Biochar Initiative (IBI) has convened two working groups to develop a draft characterization standard for biochar. I’ve been fortunate to participate in the North America/South America/Africa working group among some of the brightest minds in biochar, from both industry and academia: Jim Amonette, United States Jason Aramburu, United States Louis de Lange, South […]

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Businessweek names re:char one of America’s 25 most promising social enterprises!

This week, Bloomberg Businessweek named re:char founder, Jason Aramburu, one of America’s Top 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs! At re:char, we believe by integrating social impact directly into a venture’s mission, we can do good while making money. We are thoroughly honored to be a part of this cohort of brilliant entrepreneurs and ventures. You can […]

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re:char appoints Dr. James Lovelock to Advisory Board

It is with great pleasure that re:char officially announces the appointment of Dr. James Lovelock to our advisory board. Dr. Lovelock will take the position of ‘scientific advisor,’ helping to ensure a gaia-centric and sustainable rollout of re:char’s technology. Dr. Lovelock has long been our hero, and it is truly an honor to work with […]

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Disarming the Biochar Wars

Since we posted on the growing debate over biochar, the Internet and the twitterverse have ignited into a firestorm of controversy over biochar. In general, it seems that a lack of information is pervading both sides of the debate. As a seasoned group of biochar enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and researchers, re:char presents the following items which […]

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Dr. James Hansen on Biochar and Soil-based Sequestration

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDefzZCLgF4 re:char recently caught up with Dr. James Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies at a high-profile demonstration against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining in Southern West Virginia. Dr. Hansen discussed his opinions on biochar, and the need for better agricultural practices which sequester carbon rather than release it. This brief interview was shot […]

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Elegant Explanation of Biochar by Dr. James Lovelock

Dr. James Lovelock, climate change visionary and originator of the Gaia Hypothesis recently spoke to KUOW in Seattle about climate change, biochar and the future of the human race. We’ve linked to the podcast of the interview below, as it provides a lovely and elegant explanation of the biochar concept, and how it can be […]

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$365 Charcoal Retort

Friend of re:char and International Biochar Initiative Press Liason, Kelpie Wilson, recently posted an interesting slideshow describing her $365 charcoal retort kiln on her website. Kelpie’s design is simple and inexpensive, and based on her slideshow appears to work quite well. We invite you to visit her original post for the slideshow and how-to.

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Congo Biochar Initiative Receives Major Funding

Democratic Republic of the Congo re:char friends The Biochar Fund recently won a €300,000 grant from the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) to impliment the biochar concept in 10 villages  in the Equateur Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Biochar Fund team believes the project provides further scientific validation of the biochar concept, […]

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