The Biochar Solution

Carbon Farming and Climate Change

A revolutionary advance rooted in ancient practices, biochar is an effective carbon capture, a carbon-negative energy source and a potent soil-builder. The Biochar Solution combines a detailed examination of carbon farming with a practical guide to biochar production and soil biology.

By: Albert Bates

Foreward By: Vandana Shiva

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How the dirt below our feet can save us from extinction.

Conventional agriculture destroys our soils, pollutes our water and is a major contributor to climate change. What if our agricultural practices could stabilize, or even reverse these trends?

The Biochar Solution explores the dual function of biochar as a carbon-negative energy source and a potent soil-builder. Created by burning biomass in the absence of oxygen, this material has the unique ability to hold carbon back from the atmosphere while simultaneously enhancing soil fertility. Author Albert Bates traces the evolution of this extraordinary substance from the ancient black soils of the Amazon to its reappearance as a modern carbon sequestration strategy.

Combining practical techniques for the production and use of biochar with an overview of the development and future of carbon farming, The Biochar Solution describes how a new agricultural revolution can reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to below zero while increasing world food reserves and creating energy from biomass wastes. Biochar and carbon farming can:

  • Reduce fossil fuels inputs into our food system
  • Bring new life to desert landscapes
  • Filter and purify drinking water
  • Help build carbon-negative homes, communities and nations.

Biochar is not without dangers if unregulated, and it is not a panacea, but if it fulfills its promise of taking us back from the brink of irreversible climate change, it may well be the most important discovery in human history.

About The Author(s)

Albert Bates was a delegate to the Copenhagen climate conference, trying to point the world back towards a stable atmosphere using soils and trees. His books include Climate in Crisis and The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook. Working with the Global Ecovillage Network he has taught appropriate technology, natural building and permaculture to students from more than sixty nations.

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Book Specifications

ISBN: 9780865716773

Page Count: 208

Dimensions: 6 × 9 × 0.416 in

Publication Date: October 01, 2010

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