Today we are publishing the first 8-minute segment, Dr. Tom Goreau speaking on the importance of proper soil management in stabilizing the climate, on using rock dust in combination with biochar as an effective strategy to sequester carbon, and is giving his comments to the presentation of the study done in Panama on the increased growth of trees remineralized with basalt rock dust (view the full presentation here).
VIDEO: Rock Dust and Biochar as a Strategy for Carbon Sequestration (at SER2011)Written by Dasha Gaian
RTE has filmed a discussion on the potential role of remineralization to sequester carbon and stabilize the climate. Three prominent speakers participated in the discussion during SER2011, the 4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Merida, Mexico: Dr. Goreau, President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance and Coordinator of the UN Commission (SIDSPINST), Ron Larson, an expert on biochar, and Albert Bates, author and director of the Institute for Appropriate Technology.
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Sunday, 04 September 2011 09:52
posted by Erich J Knight
Black Swan of Biochar
Short of a nano material PV / thermoelectrical / ultracapasitating Black swan,
What we can do now with "off the shelf" technology, what I proposed at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.
The most cited soil scientist in the world, Dr. Rattan Lal at OSU, was impressed by this talk given to the EPA chiefs of North America, commending me on conceptualizing & articulating the concept.
Bellow the opening text. A full Report on my talk at CEC, and complete text & links are here:
The Establishment of Soil Carbon as the Universal Measure of Sustainability
The Paleoclimate Record shows agricultural-geo-engineering is responsible for 2/3rds of our excess greenhouse gases. The unintended consequence; flowering of our civilization. Our science has now realized these consequences, developing a more encompassing wisdom. Wise land management, afforestation and the thermal conversion of biomass can build back our soil carbon. Pyrolysis, Gasification and Hydro-Thermal Carbonization are known biofuel technologies, What is new are the concomitant benefits of biochars for Soil Carbon Sequestration; building soil biodiversity & nitrogen efficiency, as a feed supplement cutting the carbon foot print of livestock & in situ remediation of toxic agents, Modern systems are closed-loop with no significant emissions. The general LCA is: every 1 ton of biomass yields 1/3 ton Biochar equal to 1 ton CO2e, plus biofuels equal to 1MWh exported electricity, so each energy cycle is 1/3 carbon negative
Beyond Rectifying the Carbon Cycle, the same healing function for the Nitrogen and Phosphorous Cycles
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