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Biochar can help to feed the world!
Biochar can help to control climate change!
When the Spanish explorers returned home with stories of enormous cities, and magnificent gardens in the Upper Amazon basin, nobody believed them. When the city people died from European diseases, and the cities disappeared back into the jungle, nobody remembered them.
The secret of those thriving cities was the ground up charcoal, biochar, that was added to their compost heaps. This black compost transformed the poor Amazonian soil into lush, rich gardens. The secret of biochar is that it is full of tiny holes. The tiny holes provide a perfect habitat for the microbes in the soil. The microbes seek out nutrients in the soil and make them available to plants. With the help of microbes even the thin Amazonian soil become highly fertile.
On the climate front, when biochar is buried in soil, the carbon in it is locked away safely for over 1,000 years. Biochar could help to reduce our dangerously high global CO2 levels.
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Biochar will not be able to solve our problems on its own. We seriously need to cut down on fossil fuels. We need to plant trees and to stabilise our population. Also, we need encouragement, like a fair carbon trading system, where people can earn carbon credits by locking away carbon, or spend them on things such as petrol or gas.