TheWaterChannel NewsFlash: November 04, 2014
Biochar, the Climate Challenge and a Culture of Sustainability
In its Synthesis Report released on Sunday (Nov 4), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls for “greater interactions among water, food, energy, and biological carbon sequestration...” for effective decisions for climate resilience.
Biochar is charcoal used for particular purposes, especially as an addition to the soil to enhance its fertility. Biochar can hold carbon in the soil for hundreds and even thousands of years. And the energy generated as part of biochar production can displace carbonpositive energy from fossil fuels. Additional effects can further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance carbon storage in soil.
A surge of enthusiasm around biochar’s potential has attracted much commercial interest. However, the idea of large-scale biochar production has come under criticism by many, who accuse such enterprises of “destroying the biosphere in order to save it.”
So what is the optimal role of Biochar within the larger effort to meer the climate challenge? Dr. Sai Bhaskar Reddy, author of the book 'Biocharculture,' will discuss in this free, open webinar today. Everybody is invited!
The webinar will begin at 1330 GMT or 1900 India Time (here to check your local timings). For more info on Biochar, Dr Reddy, and how to attend the webinar, please visit http://goo.gl/FGRyTZ
With regards,TheWaterChannel Team