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Biochar Debate

Charcoal's Potential to Reverse Climate Change and Build Soil Fertility

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The Biochar Debate: Charcoal's Potential to Reverse Climate Change and Build Soil Fertility by James Bruges
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The Biochar Debate is the first book to introduce both the promise and concerns surrounding biochar (fine-grained charcoal used as a soil supplement) to nonspecialists. Charcoal making is an ancient technology. Recent discoveries suggest it may have a surprising role to play in combating global warming. This is because creating and burying biochar removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Furthermore, adding biochar to soil can increase the yield of food crops and the ability of soil to retain moisture, reducing need for synthetic fertilizers and demands on scarce fresh-water supplies. While explaining the excitement of biochar proponents, Bruges also gives voice to critics who argue that opening biochar production and use to global carbon-credit trading schemes could have disastrous outcomes, especially for the world's poorest people. The solution, Bruges explains, is to promote biochar through an alternative approach called the Carbon Maintenance Fee that avoids the dangers. This would establish positive incentives for businesses, farmers, and individuals to responsibly adopt biochar without threatening poor communities with displacement by foreign investors seeking to profit through seizure of cheap land. The Biochar Debate covers the essential issues from experimental and scientific aspects of biochar in the context of global warming to fairness and efficiency in the global economy to negotiations for the future of the Kyoto Protocol.
Release date Australia
February 17th, 2010
Author
Contributor
Illustrated by David Friese-Greene
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, index, bibliography
Imprint
Chelsea Green Publishing Co
Pages
120
Dimensions
136x223x10
ISBN-13
9781603582551
Product ID
3795631

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