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Biochar and soil carbon sinks encourage ‘soil-first’ farming

Oct 28th, 2013 by YREA | Comments Off

DON GRAVES Where is the best place to store carbon? Is it in the air, oceans, trees or soils? Where is the most effective place to store water for crops? Is it in man-made irrigation dams or where it falls, in soils? Despite environmental restrictions on urban fire emissions from domestic fires, many orchardists regularly [...]

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Biochar in Soils Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Oct 10th, 2013 by YREA | Comments Off

Once again, research has shown that biochar can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by changing the activiy of the microorganisms in the soil. For a full report please see:   http://www.nanowerk.com/news2/green/newsid=32610.php

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Biochar: A solution to climate change, soil fertility and energy production

Sep 30th, 2013 by YREA | Comments Off

By: Gavin Portwood | September 26, 2013 |  Courtesy of Ben Discoe/Picasa Biochar has made waves in academic and agricultural circles within the past decade as a solution to climate change, soil fertility and energy production. Biochar is created from biomass through a process called pyrolysis – high temperature heating within an enclosed environment – [...]

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Biochar: climate action

Sep 3rd, 2013 by YREA | Comments Off

Action to combat climate change is a key goal of the EU. The organisation’s commitment to tackling the warming of the planet is exemplified in the estimated €3bn research investment budget under the Societal Challenges pillar of Horizon 2020. One substance which could assist in mitigating the effects of climate change is biochar. Biochar (created [...]

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Research project to test viability of biochar

Jul 12th, 2013 by YREA | Comments Off

Published on: 7/5/2013 11:42:38 AM By: Northern Ontario Business staff Collège Boréal and EACOM Timber Corp.’s Nairn Centre sawmill are collaborating on the school’s first applied research project on the analysis and use of wooden ash produced by the forest industry as charcoal for agricultural use (biochar). The ashes from the biomass combustion, a source [...]

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Biochar Carbon Protocol Development

Jun 26th, 2013 by YREA | Comments Off

http://www.mitacs.ca/r/32281 Program: Accelerate University: University of British Columbia Discipline: Forestry Partner: Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserves LTD Sector: Environmental industry Intern: Kahlil Baker Faculty Supervisor: Dr Gary Bull Biochar is charcoal that is used as a soil amendment to increase plant productivity and as a means of keeping carbon out of the atmosphere. Although a [...]

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Biochar Squelches Emissions From Biofuel Crops

Apr 14th, 2013 by YREA | Comments Off

http://www.earthtechling.com/2013/04/biochar-squelches-emissions-from-biofuel-crops/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Earthtechling+%28EarthTechling%29 by Beth Buczynski On the surface, biofuels seem like the perfect solution to our oil and gas addiction. Make the same kind of fuel from plants and make cars that can run on it. Simple right? Well, as EarthTechling writer Mat McDermott explains, it’s actually much more complex. The luster has long disappeared from [...]

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Biochar: a brief history and developing future

Jan 4th, 2013 by YREA | Comments Off

Commentary by Ryan King, special to mongabay.com January 02, 2013 I said in my recent book that perhaps the only tool we had to bring carbon dioxide back to pre-industrial levels was to let the biosphere pump it from the air for us. It currently removes 550bn tons a year, about 18 times more than [...]

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Biochar research

Aug 2nd, 2012 by YREA | Comments Off

Biochar is a fine-grained, highly-porous charcoal produced from carbon-rich biomass, including yard and landscaping waste and agricultural waste. Biochar is produced by pyrolysis or gasification of biomass (heating the biomass with little or no air). A primary function of biochar works to improve soil and enhance soil fertility. Further, biochar acts a natural cleanser, filtering [...]

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Biochar in Agricultural Systems

May 15th, 2012 by YREA | Comments Off

Rory O. Maguire, Assistant Professor, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech; Foster A. Agblevor, Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech Introduction There has been a great deal of interest in biochar recently for many reasons, including bioenergy production, carbon sequestration, use as a soil amendment to improve productivity, and as an end use for [...]

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