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Biochar is booming: What are the risks?

Biochar is booming: What are the risks?

Biochar is having a boom. Last year, biochar played a pivotal role in removing 125,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide globally, accounting for a staggering 92.9% of all emissions removed through the engineered carbon removal market.

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US & Canada Biochar Protocol

US & Canada Biochar Protocol

The Climate Action Reserve (Reserve) U.S. and Canada Biochar Protocol provides guidance to account for, report, and verify greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions

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Do Carbon Prizes Work?

Do Carbon Prizes Work?

On Earth Day next year, expert judges will decide who should get the biggest incentive prize in history—$80 million for removing at least 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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2023 Global Biochar Market Report

2023 Global Biochar Market Report

Biochar has come into its own as a CDR technology, a circular climate change mitigation and adaptation solution, and as an input material for agriculture, the built environment, and soil and water remediation work

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Food Waste Statistics In Canada

Food Waste Statistics In Canada

Preventing food waste is one of the easiest and most powerful actions an individual consumer can take to lower their carbon footprint.  Wasting less food reduces greenhouse gas emissions and conserves natural resources. Reducing food waste also saves...

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Carbon markets are broken.

Carbon markets are broken.

There is a global shortfall of high-integrity carbon dioxide removal. Our analysis finds that fewer than 4% of carbon credits are generated by projects that remove (and safely store) excess carbon dioxide.

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2023 Year in Review by CDR.FYI

2023 Year in Review by CDR.FYI

Since 2021, durable carbon dioxide removal (CDR) has rocketed from only a handful of suppliers and 0.009 Mt tonnes delivered in 2020, to hundreds of companies testing out dozens of removal methods in the real world, delivering over 0.1Mt and selling 4.5Mt in 2023.

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Carbon Tech Banks on Deeper Roots

Carbon Tech Banks on Deeper Roots

One startup is working to remove the obstacle of adopting a new practice to be eligible for carbon market incentives by making plants increase their carbon sequestration by design

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What Every Leader Needs to Know About Carbon Credits

What Every Leader Needs to Know About Carbon Credits

As companies creep closer to their net zero target years, many have already begun purchasing carbon credits. The market for carbon credits is projected to grow 50-fold within a decade, from nearly $2 billion in 2022 to nearly $100 billion by 2030, and as much as $250 billion by 2050, according to Morgan Stanley.

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Carbon Removals: How to Scale a New Gigaton Industry

Carbon Removals: How to Scale a New Gigaton Industry

Reducing emissions remains the primary, most effective, and preferred response to climate change. But decarbonization alone could prove insufficient to reduce the residual “hard to abate” emissions that may persist in the medium term. Once decarbonization options have been expended, CDR could play a vital role in neutralizing residual emissions.

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It’s Carbon Management Day!

It’s Carbon Management Day!

For this week's #CleantechCatalyst, we're celebrating one of our carbonNEXT and Earth Tech: 2050 ventures that is making waves in carbon removal — Carbon Lock Tech! They're transforming organic matter into stable biocarbon, locking it away in soils,...

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2 Days above 2 Degrees

2 Days above 2 Degrees

Global average temperatures pushed past the “2 degree warming limit” twice in November. While this doesn’t signal the end of the world, it’s another strong hint as to the warming ahead.

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Taking it to The Heat: Fire to Food

Taking it to The Heat: Fire to Food

Biochar would be made from wood waste for the agricultural industry. A pilot project to utilize biochar technology in a regional context and help the agricultural industry is being put forward by Wildsight. The Fire to Food project would be a circular...

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October was Warmest Month on Record

October was Warmest Month on Record

Yes, October was another record-shattering month — just like the previous 4 months   The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its monthly climate report for the month of October on Wednesday and, once again, it was...

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What is Biochar?

What is Biochar?

Biochar is a charcoal-like substance produced by burning organic material from agricultural and forestry wastes (like wood chips, crop residues, or manure) under low-oxygen conditions. This process, known as pyrolysis, cooks the organic matter at high...

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Converting Biosolids in Carbon

Converting Biosolids in Carbon

McMinnville-based Solid Carbon says it's come up with a way to trap the carbon emitted during sewage treatment, locking it away in fresh concrete. PORTLAND, Oregon — Treated wastewater sludge is not something many people often think about, let alone as a...

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Using Trees to Remediate and Stabilize Mining Waste

Using Trees to Remediate and Stabilize Mining Waste

For decades, the Keweenaw Peninsula in the U.P. was home to more than 100 copper mines. One of the byproducts of that is stamp sands, the practice of crushing rock and extracting heavy metals. Remnants of it are still found throughout the peninsula....

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This Eco-friendly Concrete Uses Biochar

This Eco-friendly Concrete Uses Biochar

The biochar was able to suck up to 23 percent of its weight in carbon dioxide from the air. Washington State University (WSU) researchers have engineered a carbon-negative, environmentally friendly concrete that is nearly as strong as regular concrete by...

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6 Ways to Remove Carbon Pollution from the Atmosphere

6 Ways to Remove Carbon Pollution from the Atmosphere

Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have emitted more than 2,000 gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. (A gigaton is one billion metric tons.) This concentration of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the air causes the climate change impacts...

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Winnipeg’s Waste Stream is 44% Food

Winnipeg’s Waste Stream is 44% Food

While grocery bills rise, food is still being wasted in Winnipeg — and a new report says nearly half of that greenhouse gas-producing waste is avoidable. Food waste from single-family households made up about 44 per cent of Winnipeg's waste stream,...

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The Climate Economy Is About to Explode

The Climate Economy Is About to Explode

A new report suggests that the Inflation Reduction Act could be even bigger than Congress thinks. Late last month, analysts at the investment bank Credit Suisse published a research note about America’s new climate law that went nearly unnoticed. The...

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Biochar in Concrete

Biochar in Concrete

Houses, roads, industrial parks – all are still traditionally built with concrete. Though, the steadily increasing demand is accompanied by an increasing scarcity of resources. At the same time the greenhouse gas emissions of the concrete industry...

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Report on Landfill Methane Consultations Released

Report on Landfill Methane Consultations Released

In early 2022 Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) sought input on proposals for developing regulations on methane emissions from landfills. Comments received have been summarized in a “What We Heard” report, which can be accessed here:...

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Study Shows Benefits of Biochar Application

Study Shows Benefits of Biochar Application

“I saw biochar in action and it blew me away. When you see white beach sand that is now capable of producing food because it’s a functioning soil, it doesn’t take long to be convinced.” A study done by Saskatchewan Polytech on soil reclamation involving...

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Carbon-Negative Biochar Augmented Concrete

Carbon-Negative Biochar Augmented Concrete

“1 tonne biochar can trap 2.0-2.6 tonnes of CO2” It is well-established that the concrete industry and use of cement is one of the most emission-intensive industrial processes on Earth. Concrete is the most widely used human-made material on the planet...

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Is Carbon the ‘Crop’ of the Future?

Is Carbon the ‘Crop’ of the Future?

There is a growing interest in “carbon farming” among forward-looking agricultural producers in the United States. Ideas range from promoting on-farm practices such as conservation tilling and livestock rotation to establishing USDA-managed “carbon banks” to facilitate the buying and selling of agricultural carbon credits.

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Effect of Biochar on Microbial Community Composition and Enzymatic Activity

Effect of Biochar on Microbial Community Composition and Enzymatic Activity

Biochar offers several benefits as a soil amendment, including increased soil fertility, carbon sequestration, and water-holding capacity in nutrient-poor soils. In this study, soil samples with and without biochar additives were collected for two consecutive years from an experimental field plot to examine its effect on the microbial community structure and functions in sandy soils under peach-trees.

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Saying “Yes” to Cleantech

In this article, Yung Wu, CEO of the MaRS Discovery District, argues that long-standing barriers to getting cleantech innovations developed, financed and adopted may be starting to come down — and will need to come down — due in part to the challenges of climate change and COVID-19, as well as the need to rebuild our economy.

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New Report on Carbon Markets: What You Need to Know

New Report on Carbon Markets: What You Need to Know

The market for carbon offsets must be scaled up globally to make a sufficient dent in climate change, according to a new report that lays out a path toward a high-quality global carbon market. What does any of this mean? Let’s take you through it.

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Ten golden rules of large-scale tree planting

Ten golden rules of large-scale tree planting

Scientists have proposed 10 golden rules for tree-planting, which they say must be a top priority for all nations this decade. Forests are essential to life on Earth. They provide a home to three-quarters of the world’s plants and animals, soak up carbon dioxide, and provide food, fuels and medicines.

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Biochar Helps Hold Water, Saves Money

Biochar Helps Hold Water, Saves Money

Biochar’s benefits for the long-term sequestration of carbon and nitrogen on American farms are clear, but new research from Rice University shows it can help farmers save money on irrigation as well. The study showed that sandy soil, in particular, gains ability to retain more water when amended with biochar.

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Nitrous Oxide, More Harmful to the Climate Than CO2

Nitrous Oxide, More Harmful to the Climate Than CO2

A new study published in the journal Nature suggests that nitrous oxide — a gas that is 300 times more harmful to the climate than carbon dioxide — is steadily increasing in the atmosphere. If emissions aren’t curbed, Earth’s temperature could rise by 3°C by 2100.

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How Soil Carbon Can Help Tackle Climate Change

How Soil Carbon Can Help Tackle Climate Change

Maintaining soil organic matter is critical to tackling climate change because soil organic matter is rich in carbon. Soil carbon is also the keystone element controlling soil health, which enables soils to be resilient as droughts and intense rainfall events increasingly occur.

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Biochar Makes Concrete Stronger and More Watertight

Biochar Makes Concrete Stronger and More Watertight

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a novel new method to recycle wood waste [as biochar] by incorporating it into cement and mortar mixtures, making the resulting materials both stronger and more watertight.

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