Carbonscape news

I missed this bit of news (so thanks Erich, for highlighting in a recent Biochar list post). http://www.3news.co.nz/business/microwaves-turn-wood-waste-to-high-value-carbon-2014110216 Carbonscape’s current business model is around ‘green-coke’ and they are collaborating Bluescope at Glenbrook steel mill near Waiuku. Lets hope that this work … Continue reading

Biochar Journal – new articles

Since my first post on the Biochar Journal, highlighting Kathleen Draper’s Biochar Paper article, there have been 3 new articles… all great reading, How Biochar Works in Soil by Kelpie Wilson Hypotheses of biochar’s role in the development of fertile … Continue reading

Royal Society – freshwater quality

The demise of New Zealand’s freshwaters: politics and science “Dr Mike Joy gives the 2014 Charles Fleming Lecture for the Royal Society of New Zealand as the 2013 recipient of the Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement” The demise of … Continue reading

Mike Barton on N-capping

The following link has a 40min presentation from Mike Barton that is recommended viewing if you are interested in how nutrient capping may affect future agriculture activities in NZ. http://beeflambnz.com/news-events/News/2013/july/farming-with-nutrient-limits/ An important biochar related take from this presentation is how … Continue reading

Biochar Cone Kiln

Here is another well made demonstration video on simple biochar production. This relates to another ‘managed combustion’ system – providing much better environmental outcomes than just burning biomass but still wasteful on the energy front. See also: http://soilcarbon.org.nz/biochar-burn-school/ http://biocharproject.org/ … Continue reading