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Biochar is a proven form of carbon removal. Can it scale up?

Max Graham writes in Canary Media about biochar.

The C3 Take
  • Biochar is a charcoal-like substance that is created by burning agricultural waste or organic matter with a process that does not release any CO2 emissions.
  • Biochar can sequester carbon dioxide for hundreds, if not thousands, of years and is relatively easy to deploy.
  • In addition to emissions reduction benefits, biochar improves soil health.
  • While a shovel-ready climate solution, biochar faces several challenges to implementation most notably by farmers who do not see it as a value-add to food production.

“Part of the challenge is that biochar doesn’t exactly fit into the standard American farming curriculum. It’s neither a fertilizer nor a pesticide, and it doesn’t supercharge crop production. ​’It’s not something that’s likely to double yield,’ said Milton McGiffen, a cooperative extension specialist and agricultural researcher at the University of California, Riverside. Still, McGiffen said, biochar’s benefits are clear, particularly when it’s added to soils that have a lot of sand or clay and struggle to hold on to water and nutrients.”

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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