The Biochar Solution
Carbon Farming and Climate Change
by Albert K. Bates
The Biochar Solution explores the dual function of biochar as carbon-negative energy source and potent soil-builder. Created by burning biomass in an absence of oxygen, biochar has the unique ability to hold carbon back from the air, while simultaneously enhancing soil fertility. Author Albert Bates traces the evolution of this extraordinary substance from ancient black soils of the Amazon to its reappearance as modern carbon sequestration strategy.
the single most important initiative for humanity's environmental future.
The biochar approach provides a uniquely powerful solution, for it allows us to address food security, the fuel crisis and the climate problem, and all in an immensely practical manner. With its careful evaluation of every aspect of biochar, this book represents a cornerstone of our future global sustainability.
by James W. Lee
Advanced biofuels and bioproducts will play an increasingly significant role to provide renewable energy and ensure environmental health for a sustainable future of human civilization on Earth. This book highlights new developmentsand opportunities in bioenergy research & development in relation to global energy and environmental challenges.
The Biochar Revolution
Black is the New Green
How to transform agriculture & the environment
by Paul Taylor
The Biochar Revolution is an encyclopedic companion and testimonial. Dr. Taylor has as authors 18 of the best people in academia & industry, as well as grassroots, hands-on journeymen. Their personal travails and triumphs to develop and apply biochar technologies are inspiring. These authoritative innovators allow you to view this cohesive whole system of sustainable carbon management.
Science & Technology
by Tim Flannery
This book, I believe, provides the basic information required to allow implementation of
Origin, Properties, Management
Johannes Lehmann, Dirse C. Kern, Bruno Glaser, William I. Woods
Research by leading scientists unraveling secrets of how ancient Amazon tribes created the extra-ordinary soil fertility of terra preta.
Published by Springer, 2003, 505 pages
ISBN 1402018398, 9781402018398
Amazonian Dark Earths (ADE) are evidence of vanished civilizations in the Amazon, and reveal a large, sophisticated societies that sustained intensive agriculture with infertile soils. Known as Terra Preta de Indio (Indian black earth), even today these unusual soils are fertile, highly productive. Associated with pre-European settlements, it's uncertain if ADE were intentionally made, or mere by-product of inhabitation. This book reviews current studies of these fascinating soils' origin, properties and management. Multi-disciplinary papers by leading experts sketch the next revolution in soil management.
of the Americas
by Charles C. Mann
This book by a respected archival historian and antiquities researcher is shattering the images of pre-Columian America as a wilderness untouched by human disturbance.
Slash & Char
AN ALTERNATIVE TO
Slash & Burn
by Christoph Steiner, Ph.D.
This book by a scientist who has been to the Amazon to study Terra Preta first-hand. In this, his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Steiner makes the case that a shift from the practice of slash-and-burn agriculture to the slash-and-char of the indigenous tribes can move Amazon agriculture from a vicious cycle of rainforest destruction, to a sustainable path to a future of stability and abundance.
to Save the Planet
by Chris Goodall