Jun 22, 2010 at 05:34 PM

Biochar: A Panacea for Global Warming Issues

By Terralogix Group

Reproduced from author Cassie Ryan from The Epoch Times

Biochar: A Panacea for Global Warming Issues
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton holds up a variety of biochar, here a mixture of sawdust and wet paper which Haitians are using as a cheaper cooking alternative to charcoal. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Haiti and other Latin American countries are benefiting from an ancient practice that converts waste into essential products and services. Biochar is a sustainable alternative to firewood and charcoal with the power to restore soil productivity, provide energy for domestic, agricultural and even industrial purposes, and mitigate climate change through carbon storage.

In Haiti, the proliferating population’s quest for firewood has deforested this mountainous country, regularly washed by flooding rain. As a result, nearly a third of topsoil has been lost and Haiti can no longer feed itself. The recent earthquake highlighted the fact that many Haitians were subsisting in the country’s cities, forced off the land by the poor soil fertility and the inability to grow food.

Nathaniel Mulcahy, the founder of non-profit organisation World Stove, is using biochar technology to help developing nations.

“Biochar-producing stoves save fuel, reduce both emissions of greenhouse gasses and indoor—and outdoor air pollution,” he said. “In this way, we improve soils, preserve forests and bring better health and economic independence to people.” 

Posted in Waste to Energy Plants.