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Invitation to Take Biochar Survey sponsored by UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

07/16/2009
By: Thayer Tomlinson

A Review of the Potential Benefits, Costs and Issues Surrounding the Addition of Biochar to Soils

New Bill in US Senate would create pilot program for black carbon-free stoves

07/15/2009
By: Thayer Tomlinson

(07/08/2009) 
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced a bill this week to promote the use of fuel-efficient stoves that produce significantly less carbon than traditional stoves.

Prof Ian Lowe's Poem to Biochar

07/15/2009
By: Thayer Tomlinson

Taken from Dr. Lowe's address to the 1st Asia-Pacific Biochar Conference, Gold Coast, May 2009.

IBI Launches New Website

07/10/2009
By: IBI Staff

The International Biochar Initiative is rolling out a new website to better inform the public and to help members of the biochar community network and share information.

IBI hopes that researchers, commercial entities, policy makers, development agents, farmers and gardeners, and others committed to sustainable biochar production and utilization will take advantage of all the new resources they will find on the site. These include:

The Secrets of Soil--Terra Preta at the Smithsonian

06/30/2009
By: Thayer Tomlinson

Terra Preta at the Smithsonian"Dig It!" an exhibition on soil at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC features a monolith of typical Terra Preta soil complete with layers and pottery shards.  IBI Chairman of the Board, Johannes Lehmann, worked with the Smithsonian Museum to ensure that this important example of soil was included in the exhibit.  To see more information on Dig It!, visit the website at: read more...

Worldwatch Report: Mitigating Climate Change Through Food and Land Use

06/29/2009
By: IBI Staff

Worldwatch Institute has issued a new report on agriculture and climate that points to biochar as an important climate solution:

Mitigating Climate Change Through Food and Land Use
Sara J. Scherr and Sajal Sthapit
hardcopy or ebook -  $12.95   

From the summary: 

New ag report from Deutsche Bank discusses biochar

06/26/2009
By: IBI Staff

The Deutsche Bank, in collaboration with The Nelson Institute's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), released a new report today on agriculture and climate change that includes several mentions of biochar as an important agricultural and climate mitigation tool.

The Biochar Blues

06/03/2009
By: Thayer Tomlinson

IBI Board Member Stephen Joseph has penned the "Biochar Blues". Click here to listen to and sing along with the blues. (click here for the full lyrics). 

Words written by: IBI's Stephen Joseph with help from David Roth, Roia Rafieyan, Diana Neri, Claudia Lees, Nick Jackson and Jennifer French

Music and recording: Roia  Rafieyan www.roiamusic.com