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The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change [Format Kindle]

Albert Bates

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Conventional agriculture destroys our soils, pollutes our water, and is a major contributor to climate change. What if our agricultural practices could stabilize, or even reverse these trends?

The Biochar Solution explores the dual function of biochar as a carbon-negative energy source and a potent soil-builder. Created by burning biomass in the absence of oxygen, this material has the unique ability to hold carbon back from the atmosphere while simultaneously enhancing soil fertility. Albert Bates traces the evolution of this extraordinary substance, from the ancient black soils of the Amazon to its reappearance as a modern carbon sequestration strategy.

Combining practical techniques for the production and use of biochar with an overview of the development and future of carbon farming, The Biochar Solution describes how a new agricultural revolution can reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to below zero while increasing world food reserves and creating energy from biomass wastes. Biochar and carbon farming can:

*Reduce fossil fuels inputs into our food system
*Bring new life to desert landscapes
*Filter and purify drinking water
*Help build carbon-negative homes, communities, and nations

Biochar is not without dangers if unregulated, and it is not a panacea, but if it fulfills its promise of taking us back from the brink of irreversible climate change, it may well be the most important discovery in human history.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 225 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0865716773
  • Editeur : New Society Publishers (23 novembre 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004FPZ3EO
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Overrated for what it is. 22 décembre 2010
Par Uncle Ret - Publié sur
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I bought this book to listen to on my kindle. As of this writing I am at chapter 11 or around 25% into the book and I can honestly say, I learned more about biochar in reading the first paragraph under its header on Wikipedia than I have listening to the book thus far.

The author does a fine job of story telling, taking the reader through a long journey down the Amazon to build sympathy for his argument and then cements that sympathetic view by then rapidly hammering failed agricultural societies. As he does this he salts his conversation with unsupported gems like that the 'Little Ice Age' in medieval Europe was caused by sudden overgrowth by vegetation of Amazonian cities due to their depopulation caused by European diseases and conquest.

If your looking to learn something about biochar, read Wikipedia or try another book. This guy is preaching to the choir in this one. If your already a believer and are looking for warm fuzzies, this is your book.

I intend to finish the book, so perhaps I will be back later to revise this review with 'he's a slow starter but worth the read'.

Edit: At around the midway point, the author starts going into more detail. However, precious little of his discussion relates to biochar. Rather he has moved from the first quarter of the book where he seeks to build emotional support from the reader to the current arguments outlining soil management and environmental responsibility. His style makes this an easy read or listen in my case, however, there is nothing groundbreaking thus far. I think my original rating of 3 is fair.

Edit2: Finished. Though the book was an enjoyable read / listen I'm glad to be done with it. The majority of the book is filling, interesting filling, but filling nonetheless based on the small amount of space actually devoted to biochar. The book is really more about propaganda / activism than providing useful information as the most intense discussion about biochar occurs when the author hits the activism pulpit near the end. My guess is that that the author is capitalizing on an emerging or 're-emerging' agricultural technology in writing this book for cash or fame.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 good book 20 janvier 2011
Par Joan - Publié sur
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This book reads like a novel, delving back into the history of humankind's influence on this planet's systems. It is rich in documentation and up-to-date research, without sacrificing readability. Add to that a great index and bibliography; it was money well-spent.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 loaded 25 juillet 2013
Par michael egan - Publié sur
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I remember the author in the early 1980s. He spearheaded the Tennessee Farm's (called "the hippie farm" by the locals)anti nuclear power fight with an impressive book titled "Honicker vs. Hendrie" which helped a group of us in southern Illinois figure out how to organize in our area. This book has the same depth and breadth of research and is so loaded with stories, science, history, recipes and ideas I read it twice and think I might read it again-- I rarely read books twice. The main focus of the book is on the context of how we got to where we are now and what we need to do; the book is not heavy on how to make biochar but if you're interested in making it or if you are making it you will love this book. I put it up with Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you Care about Our Planet & Humanity: Read THIS Book!! 7 mai 2011
Par Rob Wheeler - Publié sur
This book is one of the most important books that I have ever read. I am a UN NGO Representative for the Global Ecovillage Network and others. I have participated actively in the UN Commission on Sustainable Development for the past 15 years and read hundreds of books and thousands of articles on such subjects. And it really is one of the most important books - I have already read it 2 times through and underlining important information throughout.

Humanity is facing multiple inter-related crises ranging from global warming, food shortages, water scarcity, soil depletion, desertification and on and on. This book provides an overview of an incredibly helpful approach and solutions for dealing with all of the above. It introduces us to an excellent means for sequestrating carbon in the soil, while regenerating soil nutrients, and developing an integrated approach for regreening the deserts, desalinizing water through green house evaporation, and providing sustainable livelihood opportunities for those that are greatly in need of them. Introducing the BioChar Solutions found in the book to those living in the Saharan region of Africa could turn the lives around for hundreds of millions of people, who otherwise are likely to face drought and starvation once again.

The author and my friend, Albert Bates, is a great storyteller. He has founded and runs the Ecovillage Training Center on The Farm in Tennessee, where he lives. Albert is truly a renaissance man and demonstrates in his personal life how the things he writes about can and are being introduced effectively into the world. Read the book -- if you care about the future of humanity and our planet and what can be done to protect them both, you won't regret it.

Rob Wheeler
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The ancient, updated. 7 juillet 2014
Par Michael Brown - Publié sur
This is an informative book and very interesting overall. I do not give it five stars, due to the somewhat rambling and weakly connected sequence of the chapters (with the 'requisite' social commentary! Euh!). The book would have been more successful if the history prepared for the science. For me personally, while I love the accessibility of the text, it is strange that no real time is spent discussing how individuals can successfully create biochar in any meaningful fashion. I hope there will be larger scale mechanical biochar ovens for farms and elsewhere, but I am not going to be building one in my back yard. Insight into a 50 gallon low-tech version might have been helpful for the engaged reader. For the developing world and NGOs, the biochar stoves for cooking are interesting, however this is generally irrelevant to the average North American.
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