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Can biochar save the planet?

We here at ClimateYou aren’t farmers or agronomists, so we present this article from CNN without comment. Biochar sounds too good to be true, so we wonder how much energy is used to produce biochar from biomass, and how many greenhouse gas emissions are produced converting biomass into biochar. We are hoping that some of our readers can contribute answers about what seems to be a very promising process and product both for reducing greenhouse emissions and for raising yields and farm income

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  1. I am a farmer from Western Australia who has been working with our local Agriculture Department on biochar projects for the last couple of years. Initial trial results show we can reduce fertilizer application rates by 50% while maintaining the same yeilds.

    The greatest gain from an environmental perspective is that in making biochar we can take half the energy out of the biomass and convert the rest of the carbon from a form of carbon which has a half life measured in months to carbon which has a half life of hundreds of years.

    Dale Park

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