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Pushing the needle back on billowing carbon dioxide emissions may be necessary to avoid catastrophic warming. But for those who are squeamish about drastically engineering the climate by seeding algae blooms or spraying aerosols to form clouds, ...
As you squeegee out your basement, replace your blown-off roof tiles, bury your heat-withered tomato crop and think about moving to a house on higher ground, you will be forgiven if you want to step out onto the street, tilt your head toward ...
A gigantic, steaming-hot mound of compost is not the first place most people would search for a solution to climate change, but the hour is getting very late. "The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 ...
of Thin Air: The Quest to Capture Carbon Dioxide
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It seems modest, as power plants go -- a 29-megawatt facility, situated just north of the Vermont-Massachusetts line, that will burn woody biomass to generate enough power for 25,000 to 30,000 homes. But like many proposed plants in the recently ...
It has an appealing symmetry to it: If we got ourselves into this climate mess by digging up and burning coal, maybe we can fix it by creating some more coal and putting it back into the ground.
That very idea, involving the ...
Simmered out of eucalyptus, charcoal is being hoed into the degraded soils of former forests in western Kenya. Roasted out of chicken manure, it is spurring the growth of malting barley in Australia. And in Iowa, researchers are plowing charcoal ...
Scientists in Eastern Washington are at the forefront of research into an ancient practice that shows promise as a clean fuel source
, a way to improve soil condition and to capture carbon that otherwise would be released into the ...
Climate change is inevitable, proceeding and even accelerating.
With those alarming words, author and theorist James Lovelock left the two dozen or so people within earshot – a mixed bag of politicians, activists, corporate types and ...
Burning trees and biomass has ironically emerged as a “solution” to climate change.
Following the false solution of industrial bio fuel
s we now have the waste left from production of bio fuel
s as the next magic bullet. The process used ...
Whenever you hear the word miracle, you know there's trouble just around the corner. But no matter many times they lead to disappointment or disaster, the newspapers never tire of promoting miracle cures, miracle crops, miracle fuel
s and miracle ...
Green guru James Lovelock claims that the only hope of mitigating catastrophic climate change is through biochar
- biomass "cooked" by pyrolysis.It produces gas for energy generation, and charcoal - a stable form of carbon.The ...
In Brazil’s Amazon basin, farmers have long sought out a special form of fertiliser – a locally source
d compost-like substance prized for its amazing qualities of reviving poor or exhausted soils. They buy it in sacks or dig it out of the earth ...
Prefacing the launch of the fourth Observer Ethical Awards, we've chosen to highlight 20 of the biggest ethical ideas around at the moment, affording some respite to the prevailing jam-side-down version of life on offer almost everywhere else. ...
When pre-Columbian natives in the Amazon Basin first began to use biochar
--a fine-grained, carbon-rich type of charcoal made from burning bone fragments and other food remains--some 7,000 years ago, they knew that it helped their crops grow. But ...
Biochar and its Role in Mitigating Climate Change
December, 17, 2008
The growing concerns about climate change have brought biochar
, a charcoal produced from ...
Myth 1: solar power is too expensive to be of much use
In reality, today's bulky and expensive solar panels capture only 10% or so of the sun's energy, but rapid innovation in the US means that the next generation of panels will be much ...