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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Once upon a time, way back in the sixteenth century, the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana was the first European explorer to travel up the Amazon River and into the Rio Negro, a huge tributary, upriver from present-day Manaus.
Peter Read says, The emissions reductions gospel is failing – we need something more. NGOs who oppose geo-engineering are running the risk of climatic catastrophe.
Friend of re:char and biochar researcher Folke Günther provides handy and easy-to-follow instructions on how to construct a simple, two-barrel biomass pyrolyzer at home. Folke’s Simple Charcoal Retort consists of two nested steel barrels, and can be made using recycled or locally-available materials. While the system is not designed to produce fuel oil, it does […]
Our friends over at Worldchanging just posted a cartoon describing biochar and its benefits, created by cartoonist Andy Lubershane. The post alludes to some of the criticism surrounding industrialized production of biochar, and raises some interesting points of debate in the comments: I have a belief that biochar can be employed wisely.It is up to […]
Confusion continues to rein as bloggers and experts challenge many of the claims of the biochar community. We have previously posted about the Biochar Wars, and are alarmed by the lack of understanding demonstrated by many of these critics. Understandably, many are weary of a new ‘magic bullet’ solution to climate change, particularly after the […]
CNN Tech offers some of the first mainstream media coverage of the emerging biochar revolution. The segment includes both text and video and profiles the work of researchers Chris Steiner and Brian Bibens at the University of Georgia. Biochar is considered by many scientists to be the “black gold” for agriculture. Its high carbon content […]
Claims of UK-based Carbonscape have been challenged by some pyrolysis researchers.
A recent article in the scholarly journal Soil Biology and Biochemistry provides more evidence to the significant longevity of solid carbon in agricultural soils.
Biochar researcher and enthusiast Dr. Nakka Sai Bhaskar Reddy reports of evidence of a biochar tradition in India.