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The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change

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How the dirt below our feet can save us from extinction
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by New Society Publishers (first published October 1st 2010)
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Katie
Aug 05, 2012 Katie rated it did not like it
If you are familiar with biochar and its purpose, then this book may be wonderful. However, I picked it off a recommended list of permaculture books with almost no previous knowledge. The author presupposes a basic understanding of biochar that I did not have and from there runs into all kinds of rabbit trails about ancient civilizations, grazing animals and cookstoves (among other things) and finally loosely brings them together somewhere around page 130. I didn't really get the book until ...more
Lauren
May 16, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
While BioChar has some issues due to it's susceptibility towards not being used correctly, if it is done right, and if it doesn't get over-used, it has a true place in the way humans can possibly reverse the damage that has been done by over-using fossil fuels. What I liked about this book was the way Mr. Bates looked at it from many different ways. It does get technical, and I had to skim over some parts, but that only adds to the completeness of his survey.
Bob Simpson
Jan 03, 2014 Bob Simpson rated it it was amazing
Albert Bates thinks that a carefully monitored program of producing biochar and then using to revitalize damaged soils can sequester a lot of carbon, feed many more people and be part of repairing our atmosphere to prevent runaway climate change. I think he made a convincing case.
Laura
Jan 24, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Read it while staying at a friends house. Got half way through and don't know when I'll ever get the opportunity to read the rest. Let's just call it done.

Very engaging in it's writing style with interesting historical notes to accompany the detailed technical parts. Maybe tough for some people to follow when it gets into the chemistry/biology/physics side, but it's not all that intense. Biochar is something that I would love to try when/if I have my own farm and I would definitely refer to this
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Stewart
Aug 08, 2016 Stewart rated it liked it
Some good information, but the author rambles on about climate, carbon, and history way more than it actually conveys how to make quality biochar. There are also a number of errors that could've easily been checked. This book is NOT a how-to book. Way more about carbon than biochar itself.
Cris
Jan 07, 2016 Cris rated it it was amazing
Although I find the author's writing a little disjointed, I can't help but give this a 5 star rating. I can't stop thinking about the ways I can go about helping to save the world!
Chuck
Dec 22, 2012 Chuck rated it it was amazing
A very complete perspective on biochar that gives a great historical background and in-depth coverage on all aspects of production and how it can fit into dealing with our global climate issues.
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