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Biochar for Environmental Management

Edited by Johannes Lehmann and Stephen Joseph 
Earthscan  March 2009  



Hardback  448 pp  ISBN 9781844076581      £55.00
Biochar is the carbon-rich product when biomass (such as wood, manure or crop residues) is heated in a closed container with little or no available air. It can be used to improve agriculture and the environment in several ways, and its stability in soil and superior nutrient-retention properties make it an ideal soil amendment to increase crop yields. In addition to this, biochar sequestration, in combination with sustainable biomass production, can be carbon-negative and therefore used to actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with major implications for mitigation of climate change. Biochar production can also be combined with bioenergy production through the use of the gases that are given off in the pyrolysis process.

This book is the first to synthesize the expanding research literature on this topic. The book's interdisciplinary approach, which covers engineering, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, economics and policy, is a vital tool at this stage of biochar technology development. This comprehensive overview of current knowledge will be of interest to advanced students, researchers and professionals in a wide range of disciplines.

Contents

Preface
Foreword by Tim Flannery

  • Biochar for Environmental Management: An Introduction
  • Physical Properties of Biochar
  • Characteristics of Biochar: Microchemical Properties
  • Characteristics of Biochar: Organo-chemical Properties
  • Biochar: Nutrient Properties and Their Enhancement
  • Characteristics of Biochar: Biological Properties
  • Developing a Biochar Classification and Test Methods
  • Biochar Production Technology
  • Biochar Systems
  • Changes of Biochar in Soil
  • Stability of Biochar in Soil
  • Biochar Application to Soil
  • Biochar and Emissions of Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases from Soil
  • Biochar Effects on Soil Nutrient Transformations
  • Biochar Effects on Nutrient Leaching
  • Biochar and Sorption of Organic Compounds
  • Test Procedures for Determining the Quantity of Biochar within Soils
  • Biochar, Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Emissions Trading
  • Economics of Biochar Production, Utilization and Greenhouse Gas Offsets
  • Socio-economic Assessment and Implementation of Small-scale Biochar Projects
  • Taking Biochar to Market: Some Essential Concepts for Commercial Success
  • Policy to Address the Threat of Dangerous Climate Change: A Leading Role for Biochar

Index

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