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Biochar Gains Momentum in Oz

Will Australia beat the United States as the first nation to officially recognize biochar as a bankable carbon offset? Like here in the States, the carbon sequestered through pyrolysis is not yet recognized as tradable in Australia, but Australian mining conglomerate Alumina Ltd sees immense promise in biochar.  The Syndey Morning Herald reports that Chief […]

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Biochar Hero, Johannes Lehmann, Testifies before the 111th Congress

On June 18, Cornell Associate Professor of Soil Fertility Management/Soil Biogeochemistry and author of Biochar for Environmental Management: Science and Technology (referred to by some as the Bible of Biochar) Dr. Johannes Lehmann testified before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. The hearing, Global Warming’s Growing Concerns: Impacts on Agriculture and […]

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Al Gore Supports Soil Carbon Sequestration

The Times UK recently reported on our former Vice President’s remarks at an environmental conference in at the Smith School in Oxford.  He made several key points with regards to soil carbon: (1) “There is three times as much carbon [sic] in the first two meters of soil than there is in all of the […]

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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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re:char Demonstrates Mobile Pyrolysis Technology

Brooklyn, NY re:char’s technology development arm publicly demonstrated one of its prototype small-scale, mobile pyrolyzers. The unit was built and tested at re:char’s fabrication lab in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This unit is capable of processing wood and ag waste with a bulk particle size of up to 1/2 inch in diameter. In its first public demonstration, […]

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