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ISBN: 9781603582551
Year Added to Catalog: 2009
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: Color photos
Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Number of Pages: 128
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: January 12, 2010
Web Product ID: 495

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The Biochar Debate

Charcoal’s Potential to Reverse Climate Change and Build Soil Fertility

by James Bruges

"Bruges' book is up to date and as comprehensive as any book could be at this extremely early stage of interest in the issue."

Dennis Meadows, coauthor of Limits to Growth and Emeritus Professor of Systems Policy and Social Science Research, University of New Hampshire

The Biochar Debate is the first book to introduce both the promise and concerns surrounding biochar (fine-grained charcoal used as a soil supplement) to nonspecialists. Charcoal making is an ancient technology. Recent discoveries suggest it may have a surprising role to play in combating global warming. This is because creating and burying biochar removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Furthermore, adding biochar to soil can increase the yield of food crops and the ability of soil to retain moisture, reducing need for synthetic fertilizers and demands on scarce fresh-water supplies.

While explaining the excitement of biochar proponents, Bruges also gives voice to critics who argue that opening biochar production and use to global carbon-credit trading schemes could have disastrous outcomes, especially for the world’s poorest people. The solution, Bruges explains, is to promote biochar through an alternative approach called the Carbon Maintenance Fee that avoids the dangers. This would establish positive incentives for businesses, farmers, and individuals to responsibly adopt biochar without threatening poor communities with displacement by foreign investors seeking to profit through seizure of cheap land.

The Biochar Debate covers the essential issues from experimental and scientific aspects of biochar in the context of global warming to fairness and efficiency in the global economy to negotiations for the future of the Kyoto Protocol.


About the Author

James Bruges

James Bruges worked as an architect in London, Sudan, and India until 1995 when he retired in order to write about economic and environmental issues. He is the author of Sustainability and the Bristol Urban Village Initiative, The Little Earth Book, and The Big Earth Book, and was a contributor to What About China? His work has also appeared in Resurgence, The Friend, and The Ecologist. He was raised in Kashmir until the age of twelve and now lives with his wife, Marion, in Bristol, England.

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