sustainability - restoration ecology http://tepuidesign.com/taxonomy/term/46/0 en What Is Biochar? A Valuable Soil Amendment http://tepuidesign.com/blog/what-biochar-valuable-soil-amendment <p><strong>Biochar is a fine-grained, highly porous charcoal that helps soils retain nutrients and water.</strong></p> <p><img class="img-right mceItem" src="http://www.biochar-international.org/files/graphics/photo2.jpg" alt="Biochar ready to apply" hspace="15" vspace="15" width="178" height="235" align="right"></p> <p>"Biochar is found in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires and historic soil management practices. Intensive study of biochar-rich dark earths in the Amazon (terra preta), has led to a wider appreciation of biochar’s unique properties as a soil conditioner. "Biochar can be an important tool to increase sustainable food production in areas with severely depleted soils, scarce organic resources, and inadequate water and chemical fertilizer supplies.</p> <p>"Biochar also improves water quality and quantity by increasing soil retention of nutrients and agrochemicals for plant and crop utilization. More nutrients stay in the soil instead of leaching into groundwater and causing pollution.<p><a href="http://tepuidesign.com/blog/what-biochar-valuable-soil-amendment">read more</a></p> http://tepuidesign.com/blog/what-biochar-valuable-soil-amendment#comments agrichar Biochar carbon climate food security living technologies regeneration restoration ecology soils terra preta Fri, 23 Oct 2009 08:57:47 +0000 erik 78 at http://tepuidesign.com Biochar for Environmental Management - Book Review http://tepuidesign.com/content/biochar-environmental-management-book-review <p><img class="floatleft border mceItem" src="/sites/tepuidesign.com/files/images_imce/biochar-environtmentl-management_0.jpg" alt="Biochar for Environmental Management" align="left" height="282" width="200"></p> <p><strong>"There is one way we could save ourselves..."</strong>&nbsp;<br> In a recent interview in New Scientist James Lovelock, originator of the Gaia theory, cited biochar as the one chance we have left to save humankind.</p> <p>Finally, the long-awaited “biochar bible” has been published. I have been reading and reviewing Lehmann and Joseph’s textbook on biochar for the past month, and I am thoroughly impressed. The edited collection of articles treads the difficult line between<p><a href="http://tepuidesign.com/content/biochar-environmental-management-book-review">read more</a></p> http://tepuidesign.com/content/biochar-environmental-management-book-review#comments Biochar book review restoration ecology soils terra preta Tue, 30 Jun 2009 14:33:36 +0000 eduardo 76 at http://tepuidesign.com