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Coverage of biochar since April 18, 2022.

FOREST INK: Develop a national strategy to salvage wood burned in wildfires

"...As he points out this could be a window of opportunity to consider other options to mill closures but it will be a short-term supply of cheap wood. He then goes on to discuss the longer-term changes that need to take place to deal with the increasing wildfire season. It is time to talk about developing reforestation plans where harvested mixed-wood stands are returned to mixed-wood forests instead of being converted to softwood mono cultures..."

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FOREST INK: Carbon-neutral agriculture an option

"...Biochar is described as the New Black in reference to the importance of fossil fuels in industrial agriculture and the ongoing need to become carbon neutral. Management methods alone will not pave the way for climate-neutral food production. More research is needed, and pyrolysis of straw into biochar could prove to be part of the solution since it has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time increase the soils organic carbon content..."

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Groups criticize CRD's pace in advancing thermal biosolid-disposal facility

"...Pictured is the Capital Regional District’s wastewater treatment facility at McLoughlin Point. Local groups have reiterated their opposition to land applying biosolids in the CRD as a long-term plan. (CRD image)..."

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FOREST INK: North Americas largest biochar plant will be built in Quebec

"...The project will sequester 75,000 tons of carbon per year equivalent to over 400 rail cars worth of burned coal and generate certified carbon credits that will be sold by First Climate AG. Used as a soil amendment, biochar offers several benefits, including carbon sequestration, increased nutrient retention, and optimized soil aeration and drainage. Its properties allow it to contribute to soil regeneration, limit the use of fertilizers and sustain water resources..."

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UBC startup addresses burning farm and forestry waste

"...Kevin Kung, a post-doctoral researcher at the Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group at the University of British Columbia, and Takachar CTO, helped develop the machine mainly to address a problem in Northern India, where farmers burn off their fields every year after harvest..."

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Thermal processes possible for CRD's long-term biosolid solution

"...Pictured is the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Esquimalt. The CRD has received some results from thermal processing pilots that were looking at long-term options for the region’s biosolids. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito..."

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FOREST INK: Deep loam soils will also be useful for forestry

"...I first added compost on the bottom, then began adding two-inch layers of old soil, more compost, biochar, and a loam from a local company until I was six inches from the top of the bin..."

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FOREST INK: Company invests $10M in biochar

"...There are also portable systems that could treat the residual logging cull piles that may not be economical to chip and bring to town for the energy plant and wood pellet manufacturing. As with many new ventures it is a matter of developing markets for a product so investors will be encouraged to support the system..."

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Elon Musk's Carbon Removal XPrize dishes out $1M milestone awards

"...An unprecedented XPrize competition designed to develop solutions to the mounting levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has progressed to its next phase, with 15 teams from around the world each awarded US$1 million to continue developing their technologies. Teams working on ultra-thin CO2-soaking membranes and techniques that bury plant matter in the ground are among those to earn recognition from the judges, and will now press ahead with efforts to massively scale up their approaches. Launched last February, the $100-million Carbon Removal XPrize is the richest XPrize competition ever conducted, and tasks competing teams with demonstrating how carbon can be captured from the air and safely stored away for at least 100 years..."

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RANCH MUSINGS: Agriculture in the latest UN climate report

"...“The largest share of this economic potential comes from the conservation, improved management, and restoration of forests and other ecosystems (coastal wetlands, peatlands, savannahs and grasslands), with reduced deforestation in tropical regions having the highest total mitigation. Improved and sustainable crop and livestock management, and carbon sequestration in agriculture, the latter includes soil carbon management in croplands and grasslands, agroforestry and biochar ..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention biochar.

New Science Says Biochar is Very Permanent

Duration: 29:28

"...In our guests corner of the geoscience field, inertinites are well-known to be stable forms of carbon..."

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How biochar removes CO2 from the air -- and helps farmers thrive | Axel Reinaud

Duration: 11:27

"...Source: TED Talks Daily..."

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AN 3: Myno - Biochar To Cut GHG Emissions & Sequesters Carbon ft Thor Kallestad

Duration: 45:34

"...Source: The Crownsmen Show..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about biochar.

Biochar: How burning stubble could FIGHT air pollution

"...Biochar: Crop residue management and climate change mitigation in India: ..."

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The Reality of Carbon Capture

"...Most of the headlines come from direct air carbon capture technology, but there are some natural approaches starting to get attention that could not only sequester carbon from the atmosphere, but also improve our food production, reduce erosion, and many other benefits..."

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The problem with rice no one is talking about

"...But rice has a dark secret: It pumps pollutants into the air and is vulnerable to extreme weather..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about biochar relevant to the latest news.

Approaches to Implementing Ecosystem Climate Projects in Russia

"...At the initial stage of the formation of the Russian carbon market, only reliable and transparent projects should be allowed to be implemented (reforestation and afforestation with mixed species; improved forest management of managed forests; management of previously unmanaged forests; restoration of wetlands/grass ecosystems; conservation of soil carbon of agricultural lands; biochar application to soils)..."

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Current trends and future directions of global research on wastewater to energy: a bibliometric analysis and review

"...The study highlights three main research themes in ?wastewater to energy?, which are biogas production through anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge, methane generation from microbial wastewater treatment, and hydrogen production from biomass..."

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Biofuel-Integrated Routes

"...Pigments, vitamins, or essential polyunsaturated fatty acids can first be extracted from microalgae before lipid extraction for biodiesel followed by fermentation of defatted biomass for bioethanol..."

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Cover cropping to prepare degraded lands for forestry: challenges and opportunities

"...Cover cropping is practiced in conservation agriculture to preserve soil and water resources, alleviate soil compaction, sequester organic carbon, and control weeds..."

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Bamboo Gasification for Sustainable Energy and Rural Development in Uganda

"...Bamboo gasification is a promising social innovation for sustainable energy and rural development in Uganda..."

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Soil Bioamendment as a Low-Carbon Approach for Microbial Remediation of Organic and Inorganic Pollutants

"...Hence, this chapter focuses on the effects of hydrocarbons and metals on soil microbial community, and the efficiency of biochar and spent mushroom compost in soil remediation..."

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Comparative study of biochar and charcoal and their application in the construction industry

"...Incorporating biochar and charcoal as cement admixtures shows promise in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the negative environmental impact of organic waste in the construction industry..."

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Mitigation of Fugitive Gas Emissions from Landfill Using Biochar-Amended Soil Cover and Its Geotechnical Characterization

"...Considering recent major landfill fires in India, methane gas emissions have been identified as the primary cause..."

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Synergistic effects of adsorption and chemical reduction towards the effective Cr(VI) removal in the presence of the sulfur-dop

"...In this study, the anaerobic sludge withdrawn from thickener in a sewage treatment plant served as the precursor for sludge-based biochar fabrication, which was further modified via sulfur (S) heteroatom doping (i..."

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Low-molecular-weight aromatic acids mediated the adsorption of Cd2+ onto biochars: effects and mechanisms

"...The results of this study demonstrate that the effects of coexisting LMWAAs should not be ignored when biochars are applied in soil remediation and wastewater treatment..."

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Removal of diesel oil from water using biochar derived from waste banana peels as adsorbent

"...Overall, this study presents an adsorbent derived from waste material for diesel oil adsorption, which is useful for remediating oil spills and for wastewater treatment..."

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