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IBI Response to SEC Filing Against Mantria Industries LLC

By: IBI Staff

On November 16, 2009, IBI became aware of the US Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of alleged irregularities in investments and business activities promoted by two companies and several individuals. One of these businesses, Mantria LLC, claimed to be producing biochar. IBI's knowledge of Mantria's biochar activities is limited to what has appeared in press releases—IBI has not visited the site of Mantria’s operations nor have we supported any of their projec

IBI Sends Letter of Support to US Senate for Clean Energy Partnerships Act of 2009

By: Thayer Tomlinson

IBI sent a letter of support to the 6 Senators (lead by Senator Stabenow) who introduced a new bill entitled the Clean Energy Partnerships Act of 2009 which includes 2 biochar provisions. The Clean Energy Partnerships Act of 2009 recognizes the importance of sustainable biochar production systems to help combat global climate change while also enhancing the earth's soils and addressing waste utilization, renewable energy production, and increased agricultural productivity.

US Senate Introduces Carbon Offset Bill which includes 2 Provisions for Biochar

By: Thayer Tomlinson

A newly introduced bill in the US Senate provides additional congressional support for biochar projects to qualify for carbon offsets, as well as R&D funding for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for biochar production and utilization projects.

North Dakota State University Bioenergy Conference biochar session with Johannes Lehmann and James Lovelock

By: Kelpie Wilson

On December 1, 2009, the North Dakota State University Bioenergy and Product Innovation Center (BioEPIC) presents Growing the Bioeconomy: Solutions for Sustainability,  a 12-state alliance of simultaneous state conferences. The co-hosts will share content through high-speed communication systems to promote agriculturally based sustainable solutions for global climate change and energy supply.

IBI Agricultural Extension Director Julie Major participates in "Scaling Up Community Carbon Projects" workshop in Chiapas, Mexico

By: Thayer Tomlinson

conference participantsOn 12-14 October, Julie had the pleasure of joining a diverse group of stakeholders to share experiences and reflect on barriers for the scaling up of community-level carbon emission offset projects in the developing world.

Biochar research project funded by Canada's Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

By: Thayer Tomlinson

A team in Canada lead by Prof. Donald Smith of McGill University in Montreal received an announcement that their proposal "Biochar: Biofuels Help Themselves" was accepted for funding. The work will include the characterization of biochar using relevant feedstocks and technology, and pot and field testing of biochar across Canada. Effects on crop yields, soil properties, microflora and greenhouse gas emissions will be evaluated in the Canadian context.

Opportunity to Host a Potential Biochar Conference in the UK

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The United Kingdom Energy Research Centre (UKERC) Meeting Place has put out a call for proposals for conference hosting that could be a perfect opportunity for a group in the UK looking to host a biochar conference.

The Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD) releases new climate paper highlighting biochar

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD) released a paper today entitled "Cutting Non-CO2 Pollutants Can Delay Abrupt Climate Change, Solve “Fast Half” of Climate Problem" in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

US Senate to consider "WECHAR" biochar bill

By: IBI Staff

On Thursday, September 24, 2009, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, and four cosponsors (Senators Max Baucus and John Tester of Montana, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, and Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico), introduced the “Water Efficiency via Carbon Harvesting and Restoration (WECHAR) Act of 2009.” The bill establishes a loan guarantee program to develop biochar technology, initiates a program of biochar landscape restoration projects on public land, and authorizes a competitive grant program to fund research on biochar characteristics, impacts and economics.

18-20 October - Joint International Workshop between United Kingdom and China

By: IBI Staff

Partners China Agricultural University, Rothamsted Research, University of Edinburgh and the UK Biochar Research Centre are sponsoring "A Joint International Workshop between United Kingdom and China - Influences of Biochar on Soil Processes and Fertility." The workshop takes place on 18-20 October in Beijing. The workshop aims are to discuss the importance of biochars as soil additives to improve soil physical, chemical and biological properties and to mitigate climatic change by carbon sequestration.