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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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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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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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Terra Preta de Indio

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.

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Biochar gets a Cartoon

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 […]

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