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IBI Posts a new White Paper for Members on Biochar for the Remediation of Soils Contaminated with Potentially Toxic Elements

By: Thayer Tomlinson

IBI is pleased to post a new resource for members entitled Biochar for the Remediation of Soils Contaminated with Potentially Toxic Elements (PTEs) by Hailong Wang, Xiaokai Zhang, and Marta Camps-Arbestain. Members can read and download the white paper by logging in at The paper presents an overview of the issue, how biochar can be used as a remedial amendment, the efficacy of biochar in reducing PTE mobility and bioavailability, and references a number of recent studies.

Read all about the first World CharDay event activities from the Ithaka Institute

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The Ithaka Institute has published a report from the first World CharDay event. Initiated by the Ithaka Institute, the event (held in June 2015) included participants from at least 12 different countries around the globe. Read about the individuals who participated and provided their biochar production information at

Support Biochar Bob's work to increase the use of biochar in organic farming in the Domincan Republic

By: Thayer Tomlinson

More information on this work is available at

From Biochar Bob: "My name is Bob Cirino, and I’m inspired to build paradise on Earth. To me, paradise is where society is beautifully integrated with nature. Paradise is a place where humans can express their humanity to the maximum of their ability while maintaining the health of the environment around them.

Submit an Abstract to Advanced Compost and Biochar Processings: Solution for Economical Phosphorus Recovery Conference (due August 17)

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Advanced Compost and Biochar Processings: Solution for Economical Phosphorus Recovery Conference - September 17-18. Toledo, Spain

Conference registration:

Participation is free from the EU28 Member States, registration is mandatory which is valid only after confirmation from the organizers, number of attendees is limited, EU stakeholders welcome.

Participate in a webinar on Biochar and Applications for Restoration in the Uinta Basin

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Biochar and Applications for Restoration in the Uinta Basin; more information at
Date: Tuesday July 28, 2015
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm MST
Speakers: Chris Peltz, Soil Scientist and Darren McAvoy, USU Forestry Extension Associate

Participate in crowd funding a new biochar innovation in South Africa

By: Thayer Tomlinson

From the NewCarbon Prototype:
With this campaign we want to raise awareness of Biochar, our technology, and gain your support to complete the construction of the first NewCarbon Prototype and run our first production and testing campaigns.
The information gained from our Research and Development work, using the NewCarbon Prototype, will be used to develop specific environmental-socio-economic projects within our poorer communities. We aim to have our first community project up and running towards the later part of 2015.

Presenting the IBI Online Biochar Training Course

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Are you interested in gaining more in-depth knowledge on biochar and biochar systems? A new online course from IBI, Biochar Training for Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development, is an intensive training series on all aspects of biochar, presented by leading biochar experts. Students have the opportunity to learn about best-science updates on biochar to promote the uptake of biochar production and use, and actions necessary to overcome the barriers to commercialization of the biochar industry.

Register now for the June Biochar Webinar Series with Josh Kearns discussing Low-cost water treatment using biochar (June 22)

By: Thayer Tomlinson

BiocharEXPO 2015 coming soon June 24 - 27, 2015 at the Gardens of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Milan, Italy

By: Thayer Tomlinson

For more information, please see:

Date: 24 - 27 June, 2015
Location: Gardens of the Faculty of Agriculture, Milan

IBI Launches the Online IBI Biochar Classification Tool

By: Thayer Tomlinson

In order to better understand how a specific biochar may function when incorporated as a soil amendment, IBI has developed an online tool that allows producers and other stakeholders to classify their biochar materials based on a set of physicochemical properties. Biochar may offer direct and indirect benefits when applied to soils.