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#Biochar #Carbon Sequestration #Pyrolysis


Doug Fogelson

Sequestering carbon that is floating around the atmosphere can help keep the delicate balance we need to slow global warming. One way to do this is to produce “biochar,” a byproduct of a process called “pyrolysis” that consists of carbon and ashes and increases the fertility of soils if used as an amendment. Biochar is also a carbon sink once produced, and when widely used, it could reduce the global net emissions of CO2, methane, and nitrous oxide. The research in this area is fairly young, but it is clear that a product which will both enrich soil and sequester carbon is a win-win.

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