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May 19, 2009

In this episode we sit down with Steve Brick of the International Biochar Initiative (IBI). The goal of the podcast was to get a clearer understanding of what exactly Biochar is and what are the benefits. We also discuss whether or not Biochar is the silver bullet of solving our climate problem.
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regarding how to make biochar pilfrtaboe, it is absolutely critical to remember that the whole point of this strategy as first devised in the ancient amazon rainforest is to grow food. abundant food. tasty food. healthy food. nutritious food.the foundation of any community economy is feeding people. every day everyone must eat. if we harness this daily appetite of humanity to technology change and ecology restoration, this will generate lots of money, incentive and abundance.this is very simple: offer consumers a choice to buy food grown by methods & materials that remove carbon from the atmosphere. why sell carbon on securities exchange or cap & trade auction when food is more real, personal and universal?you want farmers to buy and use biochar? show them a market for food, feed & fiber grown with it. offer consumers a clear choice by identifying such biochar-grown foods in the marketplace. if consumers buy such food, farmers will grow it, which means farmers will buy and use biochar, too. [url=]netxqukrrzx[/url] [link=]fnqcky[/link]

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Dear Sir, I have been researching re the Adam roertt and found this biochar site and your interesting experience building the roertt.Would you have plans available on how to build this roertt. We would wish to replicate it here in Negros the Philippines to addres the need for sustainably and carbon neutral production of charcoal which as a popular fuel for domestic use, moreso that liquified petroleum gas has become prohibitively expensive and households are resorting to the use of wood and charcoal. There is a local community fabricating bricks wher we could source these from.Anticipating your kind reply. Maria Rosa E. Solis Executive Director GENESYS Foundation San CArlos City Negros Occidental Philippines

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Earth lives in the sunshine in space, amsdit lots of radiant energy. Reduced Carbon is a source of chemical energy, waiting to be released at the convenience of its owner (assuming access to O2). The balance which concerns us is the radiative heating (incoming) versus the radiative cooling (outgoing photons) of the planet.Using my round numbers, for every 7 billion tons of Carbon oxidized there is a one ppm (part per million by volume) increase in the atmospheric CO2, assuming half is (conveniently?) absorbed by the oceans. This amount seems insignificant compared to the tons of N2 and O2 in the air.N#N N#N O=O N#N C O CLinear CO2 molecules dramatically affect the radiative balance because of their flexing geometry and relative movement of electrons and protons, especially when a photon with certain frequency hits a colliding pair. All the greenhouse gases are invisible, absolutely small, electromagnetic dancers in the sky. The predominant N2 and O2 molecules seem to say NO, we do not dance. We are not greenhouse gases. A habitable earth does require some greenhouse gases, but our current massive oxidation of reduced Carbon is threatening the radiative balance by overloading the atmosphere with greenhouse gases. Can we all agree that fossil fuels, especially coal, are much, much more valuable to us if we leave them in the ground? Will this be the ultimate tragedy of the commons?I highly recommend The Storms of My Grandchildren by Dr. James Hansen as a narrative about Carbon balance.

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Biochar Soil Technology.....Husbandry of whole new orders of life

Biotic Carbon, the carbon transformed by life, should never be combusted, oxidized and destroyed. It deserves more respect, reverence even, and understanding to use it back to the soil where 2/3 of excess atmospheric carbon originally came from.

We all know we are carbon-centered life, we seldom think about the complex web of recycled bio-carbon which is the true center of life. A cradle to cradle, mutually co-evolved biosphere reaching into every crack and crevice on Earth.

It\'s hard for most to revere microbes and fungus, but from our toes to our gums (onward), their balanced ecology is our health. The greater earth and soils are just as dependent, at much longer time scales. Our farming for over 10,000 years has been responsible for 2/3rds of our excess greenhouse gases. This soil carbon, converted to carbon dioxide, Methane & Nitrous oxide began a slow stable warming that now accelerates with burning of fossil fuel.

Wise Land management; Organic farming and afforestation can build back our soil carbon,

Biochar allows the soil food web to build much more recalcitrant organic carbon, ( living biomass & Glomalins) in addition to the carbon in the biochar.

Biochar, the modern version of an ancient Amazonian agricultural practice called Terra Preta (black earth, TP), is gaining widespread credibility as a way to address world hunger, climate change, rural poverty, deforestation, and energy shortages… SIMULTANEOUSLY!
Modern Pyrolysis of biomass is a process for Carbon Negative Bio fuels, massive Carbon sequestration,10X Lower Methane & N2O soil emissions, and 3X Fertility Too.
Every 1 ton of Biomass yields 1/3 ton Charcoal for soil Sequestration, Bio-Gas & Bio-oil fuels, so is a totally virtuous, carbon negative energy cycle.

Biochar viewed as soil Infrastructure; The old saw;
\"Feed the Soil Not the Plants\" becomes;
\"Feed, Cloth and House the Soil, utilities included !\".
Free Carbon Condominiums with carboxyl group fats in the pantry and hydroxyl alcohol in the mini bar.
Build it and the Wee-Beasties will come.
As one microbiologist said on the Biochar list; \"Microbes like to sit down when they eat\".
By setting this table we expand husbandry to whole new orders of life.

This is what I try to get across to Farmers, as to how I feel about the act of returning carbon to the soil. An act of pertinence and thankfulness for the civilization we have created. Farmers are the Soil Sink Bankers, once carbon has a price, they will be laughing all the way to it.

One aspect of Biochar systems are Cheap, clean biomass stoves that produce biochar and no respiratory disease. At scale, the health benefits are greater than ending Malaria.
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The biochar Fund is also doing amazing work in the developing world;

Also , I would like Rebut the BioFuelWatch folk\'s recent criticisms with the petition of 1500 Cameroon Farmers;
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The USDA-ARS have dozens of studies happening now to ferret out the reasons for char affinity with MYC fungi and microbes, but this synergy is solidly shown by the Japanese work, literally showing 1+1=3

Senator / Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar has done the most to nurse this biofuels system in his Biochar provisions in the 07 & 08 farm bill,

Charles Mann (\"1491\") in the Sept. National Geographic has a wonderful soils article which places Terra Preta / Biochar soils center stage.

Biochar data base; TP-REPP

NASA\'s Dr. James Hansen Global warming solutions paper and letter to the G-8 conference, placing Biochar / Land management the central technology for carbon negative energy systems.

The many new university programs & field studies, in temperate soils; Cornell, ISU, U of H, U of GA, Virginia Tech, JMU, New Zealand and Australia.

Glomalin\'s role in soil tilth, fertility & basis for the soil food web in Terra Preta soils.

UNCCD Submission to Climate Change/UNFCCC AWG-LCA 5
\"Account carbon contained in soils and the importance of biochar (charcoal) in replenishing soil carbon pools, restoring soil fertility and enhancing the sequestration of CO2.\"

This new Congressional Research Service report (by analyst Kelsi Bracmort) is the best short summary I have seen so far - both technical and policy oriented. .

Given the current \"Crisis\" atmosphere concerning energy, soil sustainability, food vs. Biofuels, and Climate Change what other subject addresses them all?

This is a Nano technology for the soil that represents the most comprehensive, low cost, and productive approach to long term stewardship and sustainability.

Carbon to the Soil, the only ubiquitous and economic place to put it.
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Biochar Studies at ACS Huston meeting;

Most all this work corroborates char soil dynamics we have seen so far . The soil GHG emissions work showing increased CO2 , also speculates that this CO2 has to get through the hungry plants above before becoming a GHG.
The SOM, MYC& Microbes, N2O (soil structure), CH4 , nutrient holding , Nitrogen shock, humic compound conditioning, absorbing of herbicides all pretty much what we expected to hear.



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