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    Mongabay, a leading resource for news and perspectives on environmental and conservation issues related to the tropics, has launched Tropical Conservation Science - a new, open access academic e-journal. It will cover a wide variety of scientific and social studies on tropical ecosystems, their biodiversity and the threats posed to them. Tropical Conservation Science - March 8, 2008.

    At the 148th Meeting of the OPEC Conference, the oil exporting cartel decided to leave its production level unchanged, sending crude prices spiralling to new records (above $104). OPEC "observed that the market is well-supplied, with current commercial oil stocks standing above their five-year average. The Conference further noted, with concern, that the current price environment does not reflect market fundamentals, as crude oil prices are being strongly influenced by the weakness in the US dollar, rising inflation and significant flow of funds into the commodities market." OPEC - March 5, 2008.

    Kyushu University (Japan) is establishing what it says will be the world’s first graduate program in hydrogen energy technologies. The new master’s program for hydrogen engineering is to be offered at the university’s new Ito campus in Fukuoka Prefecture. Lectures will cover such topics as hydrogen energy and developing the fuel cells needed to convert hydrogen into heat or electricity. Of all the renewable pathways to produce hydrogen, bio-hydrogen based on the gasification of biomass is by far both the most efficient, cost-effective and cleanest. Fuel Cell Works - March 3, 2008.

    An entrepreneur in Ivory Coast has developed a project to establish a network of Miscanthus giganteus farms aimed at producing biomass for use in power generation. In a first phase, the goal is to grow the crop on 200 hectares, after which expansion will start. The project is in an advanced stage, but the entrepreneur still seeks partners and investors. The plantation is to be located in an agro-ecological zone qualified as highly suitable for the grass species. Contact us - March 3, 2008.

    A 7.1MW biomass power plant to be built on the Haiwaiian island of Kaua‘i has received approval from the local Planning Commission. The plant, owned and operated by Green Energy Hawaii, will use albizia trees, a hardy species that grows in poor soil on rainfall alone. The renewable power plant will meet 10 percent of the island's energy needs. Kauai World - February 27, 2008.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Geotimes focuses on the biochar revolution

The upcoming July issue of Geotimes, a publication of the American Geological Institute which deals with earth, energy and the environment, will focus on the growing biochar revolution. Check out this short teaser video, but don't forget to watch the second, much more in-depth presentation as well:

This second video offers a very good, longer introduction to 'terra preta' and its modern variant known as biochar. It was made by ABC News in Australia, where the concept is making serious head way.

It seems like the idea to use soils as carbon sinks - by putting biochar obtained from the production of carbon-negative energy into them -, is rapidly becoming one of the winning technologies with which to combat climate change. One advocate of the concept of biochar is NASA's Dr James Hansen, who says we need to implement it in order to put humanity on track to reach a goal of reducing atmospheric CO2 levels from today's 387ppm to 350ppm (previous post).

This 350ppm target means we do not merely need to 'reduce' our emissions, which we could do by investing in carbon-neutral energy technologies like wind or solar. No, we need to go much further. 350ppm means we actively need to take CO2 out of the atmosphere. Biochar based 'negative emissions' energy is capable of doing this.

One of the organisations testing the concept is the Biochar Fund. It studies the application of biochar at the tropical forest frontier, because it is there where it may yield many additional benefits - from ending rural poverty, and slowing deforestation, to reducing hunger and putting an end to energy poverty.
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Blogger jcwinnie said...

Can Geotimes sell me some of those hypothetical terra preta carbon negative credits? Taking the wife and kids to Alberta for holiday -- http://jcwinnie.biz/wordpress/?page_id=2946 driving up in my new Toyota "No Permafrost" Tundra and am worried about my carbon footprint.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Jonas said...

Jcwinnie, it's early days. Just give the idea a chance, willya? ;-)


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