Our political discourse at large and the presidential debates
specifically have given short shrift to climate change . We as stewards
of planet Earth have been warned that we face a point of no return after
which recovery of our sacred ecosystem will not be possible. That point
is not fixed in time, we are moving toward it and it toward us blindly
with out knowing when or if we have all ready pasted it . All of the
familiar mitigation strategies are necessary, Reduce , reuse, recycle.
One of our impending tasks is to pull the carbon out of the atmosphere that
we put there. This page is dedicated to information about Biochar, the
one technique we have in hand right now that can be rolled out
Biochar is a solid material obtained from the carbonisation of biomass. Biochar may be added to soils with the intention to improve soil functions and to reduce emissions from biomass that would otherwise naturally degrade to greenhouse gases. Biochar also has appreciable carbon sequestration value. These properties are measurable and verifiable in a characterisation scheme, or in a carbon emission offset protocol.
This 2,000 year-old practice converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security and discourage deforestation. The process creates a fine-grained, highly porous charcoal that helps soils retain nutrients and water.
Biochar is found in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires and historic soil management practices. Intensive study of biochar-rich dark earths in the Amazon (terra preta), has led to a wider appreciation of biochar’s unique properties as a soil enhancer.
Biochar can be an important tool to increase food security and cropland diversity in areas with severely depleted soils, scarce organic resources, and inadequate water and chemical fertilizer supplies.
Biochar also improves water quality and quantity by increasing soil retention of nutrients and agrochemicals for plant and crop utilization. More nutrients stay in the soil instead of leaching into groundwater and causing pollution.