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Happy Futurism: A Lifeline for Optimists

Happy Futurism: A Lifeline for Optimists

Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 14:29:03 in Good News

“Carl Sagan’s human connection to stardust leaves out a critical stage. Yes,We are all stardust, but only stardust transformed by life. Every time I look at an Electron microscope picture of Char, it strikes me, the perfect preservation of the base structures of life, a fractal vision, how life creates the greatest surface area with the least amount of material. The preservation of this cell structure of plant life, for return to the lowest order of life, seems almost a religious act. A perfect cradle to cradle recycling, biotic carbon should never be combusted and destroyed, be revered, as life is revered, be returned to the cradle of terrestrial life the Soil

Big Wig consortiums like Catchlight Energy LLC, a joint venture of Chevron Corp and Weyerhaeuser Co, with Kior , and AlipaJet, SynGest & Honeywell, go to show that main stream corporations are showing much more than just interest in Biochar systems. The most recent is BP joining GE, Conoco, and Google backing CoolPlanet Biofuel for tank ready biomass fuel + biochar

Carbon to the Soil, the only ubiquitous and economic place to put it.
Cheers,
Erich

Erich J. Knight
Chairman; Markets and Business Committee
2010 US Biochar Conference, at Iowa State University
http://www.biorenew.iastate.edu/events/biochar2010/conference-agenda/agenda-overview.html

HyperCapitalism on Jan 12, 2012 at 16:11:29

“Great to hear biochar is taking root among those who can make it happen in a big way. It's such a beautiful example of how humanity can thrive (must thrive) in alignment with nature rather than trying to vanquish her.”
Happy Futurism: A Lifeline for Optimists

Happy Futurism: A Lifeline for Optimists

Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 14:26:48 in Good News

“I am a general advocate for the Thermal conversion of Biomass to solve the major issues of our times; Food, Fuel, Fertility and Climate Pollution, to assure these issues never visit our children as catastrophes.

My best summation and overview for these carbon conservative pathways is this talk to the EPA directors of north America.
Titled; The Establishment of Soil Carbon as the Universal Measure of Sustainability
The most cited soil scientist in the world, Dr. Rattan Lal at OSU, was impressed with this talk, commending me on conceptualizing & articulating the concept.
Please find the full text & links below.
and read a full report on the June 22, Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) talk,

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/biochar-policy/message/3233

Other large markets for Biochar applications, Not included in the CEC talk , are current Biochar heavy metal remediation work I instigated with DuPont & Oak Ridge National Laboratories for toxic mercury remediation, showing a 95% reduction of Hg moving up the food web, and the Japan Biochar Association’s work toward radionuclide remediation.
Also as a feed ration for livestock (1/2 CH4 belching) & aquaculture (2X size);

http://superstoneclean.com/video-presentations/

Carbon as the base of all life gives a greater meaning and philosophy to the ecological services rendered by this integrated fuel & agriculture system.”
Headlines You'll Never Read About Renewables...

Headlines You'll Never Read About Renewables...

Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 02:45:19 in Green

“Black Swan of Biochar

Short of a nano material PV / thermoelectrical / ultracapas­itating Black swan,
What we can do now with "off the shelf" technology­, what I proposed at the Commission for Environmen­tal Cooperatio­n.
The most cited soil scientist in the world, Dr. Rattan Lal at OSU, was impressed by this talk given to the EPA chiefs of North America, commending me on conceptual­izing & articulati­ng the concept.
A full Report on my talk at CEC, and complete text & links are here:
http://tec­h.groups.y­ahoo.com/g­roup/bioch­ar-policy/­message/32­33

The Establishm­ent of Soil Carbon as the Universal Measure of Sustainabi­lity

The Paleoclima­te Record shows agricultur­al-geo-eng­ineering is responsibl­e for 2/3rds of our excess greenhouse gases. The unintended consequenc­e; flowering of our civilizati­on, Now developing a more encompassi­ng wisdom. Wise land management­, afforestat­ion and the thermal conversion of biomass can build back our soil carbon. Pyrolysis, Gasificati­on and Hydro-Ther­mal Carbonizat­ion are known biofuel technologi­es, What is new are the concomitan­t benefits of biochars for Soil Carbon Sequestrat­ion; building soil biodiversi­ty & nitrogen efficiency­, as a feed supplement cutting the carbon foot print of livestock & in situ remediatio­n of toxic agents, Modern systems are closed-loo­p with no significan­t emissions. The general LCA is: every 1 ton of biomass yields 1/3 ton Biochar =l to 1 ton CO2e, + biofuels = to 1MWh exported electricit­y, so each energy cycle is 1/3 carbon negative

Beyond Rectifying the Carbon Cycle, the same healing function for the Nitrogen and Phosphorou­s Cycles”
Headlines You'll Never Read About Renewables...

Headlines You'll Never Read About Renewables...

Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 01:36:23 in Green

“Black Swan of Biochar

Short of a nano material PV / thermoelectrical / ultracapas­itating Black swan,
What we can do now with "off the shelf" technology­, what I proposed at the Commission for Environmen­tal Cooperatio­n.
The most cited soil scientist in the world, Dr. Rattan Lal at OSU, was impressed by this talk given to the EPA chiefs of North America, commending me on conceptual­izing & articulati­ng the concept.

Bellow the opening text. A full Report on my talk at CEC, and complete text & links are here:
http://tec­h.groups.y­ahoo.com/g­roup/bioch­ar-policy/­message/32­33

The Establishm­ent of Soil Carbon as the Universal Measure of Sustainabi­lity

The Paleoclima­te Record shows agricultur­al-geo-eng­ineering is responsibl­e for 2/3rds of our excess greenhouse gases. The unintended consequenc­e; flowering of our civilizati­on. Our science has now realized these consequenc­es, developing a more encompassi­ng wisdom. Wise land management­, afforestat­ion and the thermal conversion of biomass can build back our soil carbon. Pyrolysis, Gasificati­on and Hydro-Ther­mal Carbonizat­ion are known biofuel technologi­es, What is new are the concomitan­t benefits of biochars for Soil Carbon Sequestrat­ion; building soil biodiversi­ty & nitrogen efficiency­, as a feed supplement cutting the carbon foot print of livestock & in situ remediatio­n of toxic agents, Modern systems are closed-loo­p with no significan­t emissions. The general LCA is: every 1 ton of biomass yields 1/3 ton Biochar equal to 1 ton CO2e, plus biofuels equal to 1MWh exported electricit­y, so each energy cycle is 1/3 carbon negative”
huffingtonpost entry

Broadening Our Global Health Vision

Commented Jun 16, 2011 at 14:56:52 in Healthy Living

“Dear Dr. Collins,

A significant aspect of low cost, Biomass cook stoves that produce Biochar is removal of BC aerosols and no respiratory disease emissions. At Scale, replacing "Three Stone" stoves the health benefits would equal eradication of Malaria & Aids combined.

Global Clean Stove Initiative:
Secretary Clinton has gotten on board with DOE, USDA, & the CDC
State Dept. Release;
100 million clean-burning stoves in kitchens around the world.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/09/147494.htm

Serious boots-on-ground efforts producing biochar by Cookstoves;

Nat Mulcahy's WorldStove; http://worldstove.com/
WorldStoves in Haiti ; http://www.charcoalproject.org/2010/05/a-man-a-stove-a-mission/

Paul Anderson's Champion TLUD (and offshoots from that design);
http://www.bioenergylists.org/andersontludconstruction

Rob Flanagan's efforts mainly in China, The FlanaStove; http://bionecho.org/tptut/en/production.php
and
Dr. Reddy in India, GoodStove; http://www.goodstove.com/

SCAD Farm Science Center;
5000 biochar farmers trained, 500 villages served & 150,000 trees planted
Now if we had 100,000 more of these centers, we would be getting somewhere.
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xiqpqh_biochar-aids-india-s-farmers-environment_news

Biochar Work in Nine Developing Countries:
http://www.biochar-international.org/9country

The Biochar Fund has doubled subsistence farmer's incomes;
Exceptional results from biochar experiment in Cameroon
The broad smiles of 1500 subsistence farmers say it all, that , and the size of the Biochar corn root balls
http://www.biochar-international.org/cameroon
huffingtonpost entry

In Rap Battle, Stewart Demolishes O'Reilly on O'Reilly Factor

Commented May 17, 2011 at 12:51:35 in Media

“A Franken / Stewart ticket for 2016....................That's my dream team, the good natured ethical truth that emanates from comedy will saturate the county if run by these comedians who have no truck with Bull S--t.”

tascorp111 on May 17, 2011 at 13:07:19

“they got my vote and I'd stump for them hell why not 2012 Obama's lite weight they would straighten this mess out”
huffingtonpost entry

Haiti's Future Hinges on New Ideas, Sustainable Agriculture and the Rural Environment

Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 23:13:59 in Impact

“WorldStoves in Haiti ; http://www.charcoalproject.org/2010/05/a-man-a-stove-a-mission/

Our farming for over 10,000 years has been responsible for 2/3rds of our excess greenhouse gases. This soil carbon, converted to carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide began a slow stable warming that now accelerates with burning of fossil fuel. The unintended consequence has been the flowering of our civilization. Our science has now realized the consequences and developed a more encompassing wisdom.

NPK and the "Green Revolution" in genetics have brought us to where we are, all made possible by basically mining soil carbon stocks. So we have now hit a carbon limit in two distinct ways. The first is continued loss of soil carbon content, the second is fossil carbon energy cost.

We can only go forward with our newly acquired wisdom. Wise land management, conservation agriculture and afforestation can build back our soil carbon, Biochar allows the soil food web to build much more recalcitrant organic carbon, (living biomass & Glomalins) in addition to the carbon in the biochar.

We can rectify the carbon cycle, and beyond that, biochar systems serve the same healing function for the nitrogen and phosphorous cycles, toxicity in soils and sediments and as a feed additive cut the carbon foot print of livestock by 50%.

http://biocharfund.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=55&Itemid=75

US Focused Biochar report
http://www.biochar-us.org/pdf%20files/biochar_report_lowres.pdf”
huffingtonpost entry

A Revolution in Our Atmosphere, From Burning Too Many Fossil Fuels

Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 15:02:05 in Green

“The BlackCarbon, charcoal & pollen evidence is hard to ignore;
The Columbian Encounter and the Little Ice Age: Abrupt Land Use Change, Fire, and Greenhouse Forcing - Annals of the Association of American Geographers
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/00045608.2010.502432

Dr. Dull is getting attention. Together with Dr. William Woods and citing Bill Ruddiman's work, the pieces of anthropogenic climate change fall into place.

Dull argues that the re-growth of Neotropical forests following the Columbian encounter led to terrestrial biospheric carbon sequestration on the order of 2 to 5 GtC, contributing to the well-documented decrease in atmospheric C recorded in Antarctic ice cores from about 1500 through 1750. from charcoal in lake bed studies it documents increased biomass burning and deforestation during agricultural and population expansion in the Neotropics from 2500 to 500 years BP, corresponding with atmospheric carbon loading and global warming 1100 to 650 years BP.

Dr.Dull gives us hard numbers for what Charles Mann has tried to get across to us in "1491", that we don't give mankind near enough credit for creating our biosphere. Just as Michael Pollan's "Botany of Desire" showed us how plants have manipulated us to spread them around the globe, the message of man's mutuality with nature is more than seeping into the data everywhere.

Erich J. Knight
Chairman; Markets and Business Committee
2010 US BiocharConference, at Iowa State University
http://www.biorenew.iastate.edu/events/biochar2010/conference-agenda/agenda-overview.html

jimboy71 on Feb 4, 2011 at 14:55:31

“You've lost all but those of us who can read for comprehension...and those of us who passionately study archaeology. Just the other day I had a vehement argument with someone here who denied that Paleo Amerinidians were capable of hunting megafauna.”

LewisT on Feb 3, 2011 at 20:35:20

“"plants have manipulate­d us to spread them around the globe"

I knew it! One more thing for me to worry about!”
huffingtonpost entry

A Revolution in Our Atmosphere, From Burning Too Many Fossil Fuels

Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 14:46:30 in Green

“James Hansen also prescribed building soil carbon.

farming for over 10,000 years has been responsibl­e for 2/3rds of our excess greenhouse gases. This soil carbon, converted to carbon dioxide, began a slow stable warming that now accelerate­s with burning of fossil C. The unintended consequenc­e has been the flowering of our civilizati­on. Our science has now realized the consequenc­es and developed a more encompassi­ng wisdom.

Modern Ag has evolved in the ability to remove the limitation­s to plant growth,
NPK and the “Green Revolution­” in genetics have brought us to where we are, all made possible by basically mining soil carbon stocks. So we have now hit a carbon limit in two distinct ways. The first is continued loss of soil-C content, the second is fossil-C energy cost. The present farming system spends ten cents of fossil energy delivering one cent of food energy.

We can not go back, but we can go forward with our newly acquired wisdom.
Agricultur­e allowed our cultural accent and Ag will now prevent our descent.

A policy of Mutually Assured Sustainabi­lity (MAS) a new "Green Cold War" . Based on carbon accountanc­y, the rules are simple; Who ever moves more Carbon from the air to the Soil wins, but so does second place, as third and so on.
The Soil Carbon Standard committee’­s work with USDA, EPA and Congressio­nal Ag committees offers real hope, now expanding to ISO status, the world can all be on the same soil carbon page.”
Davos 2011: Climate Change, Clean Energy Hot Topics At World Economic Forum

Davos 2011: Climate Change, Clean Energy Hot Topics At World Economic Forum

Commented Jan 31, 2011 at 15:24:28 in Green

“My Dad, a cold warrior, gave this short answer when asked about Mutually Assured Destruction or MAD defense policy; " GIVE ME Liberty or GIVE ME Half-Life "

I envision an offensive policy of Mutually Assured Sustainability (MAS) a new "Green Cold War" . Based on carbon accountancy, the rules are simple; Who ever moves more Carbon from the air to the Soil wins, but so does second place, as third and so on.

This work by Dr. Dull is getting attention. Together with Dr. William Woods and citing Bill Ruddiman, the pieces of anthropogenic climate change fall into place.

Columbian Encounter and the Little Ice Age: Abrupt Land Use Change, Fire, and Greenhouse Forcing

Dull argues that the re-growth of Neotropical forests following the 1492 led to terrestrial biospheric carbon sequestration of 2 to 5 GtC, contributing to the well-documented decrease in atmospheric C recorded in Antarctic ice cores from about 1500 through 1750. from charcoal in lake bed studies it documents increased biomass burning and deforestation during agricultural and population expansion in the Neotropics from 2500 to 500 years BP, which corresponds with atmospheric carbon loading and global warming 1100 to 650 years BP.
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/00045608.2010.502432

The char & pollen evidence is hard to ignore.

The Soil Carbon Standard committee’s work with USDA, EPA and Congressional Ag committees offers real hope, with expansion to ISO status, the world can all be on the same soil carbon page.”
Davos 2011: Climate Change, Clean Energy Hot Topics At World Economic Forum

Davos 2011: Climate Change, Clean Energy Hot Topics At World Economic Forum

Commented Jan 31, 2011 at 15:17:34 in Green

“A Brief History of Agricultural Time
Our farming for over 10,000 years has been responsible for 2/3rds of our excess greenhouse gases. This soil carbon, converted to carbon dioxide, Methane & Nitrous oxide began a slow stable warming that now accelerates with burning of fossil fuel. The unintended consequence has been the flowering of our civilization. Our science has now realized the consequences and developed a more encompassing wisdom.

Modern Agriculture has evolved in the ability to remove the limitations to plant growth, from burning forest for ash fertilizers, to bison bones, to Guano islands, then in 1913, to crafty Germans figuring out how to suck nitrogen from the air to now with natural gas derived fertilizers. These chemical fertilizers have over come nutrient limits to growth for 100 years.

NPK and the “Green Revolution” in genetics have brought us to where we are, all made possible by basically mining soil carbon stocks. So we have now hit a carbon limit in two distinct ways. The first is continued loss of soil carbon content, the second is fossil carbon energy cost. The present farming system spends ten cents of fossil energy delivering one cent of food energy.

We can not go back, but we can go forward with our newly acquired wisdom.
Agriculture allowed our cultural accent and Agriculture will now prevent our descent.”
huffingtonpost entry

Discover and Deliver: The Big Picture on Energy

Commented Jan 21, 2011 at 21:49:35 in Green

“Recent NATURE STUDY;
Sustainable bio char to mitigate global climate change
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v1/n5/full/ncomms1053.html

Agriculture allowed our cultural accent and Agriculture will now prevent our descent.
Wise Land management; Organic farming and afforestation can build back our soil carbon,
Biochar allows the soil food web to build much more recalcitrant organic carbon, ( living biomass & Glomalins) in addition to the carbon in the biochar.

Every 1 ton of Biomass yields 1/3 ton Charcoal for soil Sequestration (= to 1 Ton CO2e) + Bio-Gas & Bio-oil fuels = to 1MWh exported electricity, so is a totally virtuous, carbon negative energy cycle.

The Soil Carbon Standard committee’s work with USDA, EPA and Congressional Ag committees offers real hope, with expansion to ISO status, the world can all be on the same soil carbon page.

Biochar viewed as soil Infrastructure; The old saw;
"Feed the Soil Not the Plants" becomes;
"Feed, Cloth and House the Soil, utilities included !".
Free Carbon Condominiums with carboxyl group fats in the pantry and hydroxyl alcohol in the mini bar. Build it and the Wee-Beasties will come.
The MYC fungi create an Interstate highway for moisture & nutrients while at the same time form an Internet for plant chemical communication.
Microbes like to sit down when they eat.
By setting this table we expand husbandry to whole new orders & Kingdoms of life.”

Genders on Jan 25, 2011 at 14:16:50

“Lovelock "Do you still advocate nuclear power as a solution to climate change?

It is a way for the UK to solve its energy problems, but it is not a global cure for climate change. It is too late for emissions reduction measures.

So are we doomed?

There is one way we could save ourselves and that is through the massive burial of charcoal. It would mean farmers turning all their agricultural waste "”

Genders on Jan 24, 2011 at 18:58:12

“F#2!!! Lovelock isn't for nuclear power, that is a misquote,Lovelock is for Bio Char: he calls it the only hope the world. Waste Bio Char empties our dumps, stop dump pollution, stop methane release, creates energy, and clean fuels plus charcoal for carbon negative energy. Our total Waste stream can be converted to about 1TWyear per year, The fuels can be stored and used in gas turbines for load leveling of solar and wind. Rooftop Solar, offshore near city wind and waste bio char is already cheaper for millions of Americans and billion of people world wide, cheaper in the long run, and getting cheaper all the time. Bio char heat co generation plants can approaches 99% efficiency. The plants can be small and distributed, perhaps right down to the business and home levels.”
Biochar Could Offset 12% Of All Human Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Study

Biochar Could Offset 12% Of All Human Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Study

Commented Aug 12, 2010 at 14:47:37 in Green

“Agriculture allowed our cultural accent and Agriculture will now prevent our descent.

Biochar allows the soil food web to build much more recalcitrant organic carbon, ( living biomass & Glomalins) in addition to the carbon in the biochar.

Every 1 ton of Biomass yields 1/3 ton Charcoal for soil Sequestration (= to 1 Ton CO2e) + Bio-Gas & Bio-oil fuels = to 1MWh exported electricity, so is a totally virtuous, carbon negative energy cycle.

Biochar viewed as soil Infrastructure; The old saw;
"Feed the Soil Not the Plants" becomes;
"Feed, Cloth and House the Soil, utilities included !".
Free Carbon Condominiums with carboxyl group fats in the pantry and hydroxyl alcohol in the mini bar.
Build it and the Wee-Beasties will come.
Microbes like to sit down when they eat.
By setting this table we expand husbandry to whole new orders & Kingdoms of life.

Unlike CCS which only reduces emissions, biochar systems draw down CO2 every energy cycle, closing a circle back to support the soil food web. The photosynthetic "capture" collectors are up and running, the "storage" sink is in operation just under our feet. Pyrolysis conversion plants are the only infrastructure we need to build out.

US -Focused Biochar report: Assessment of Biochar's Benefits for the USA
http://www.biochar-us.org/pdf%20files/biochar_report_lowres.pdf

WorldStoves in Haiti;
http://www.charcoalproject.org/2010/05/a-man-a-stove-a-mission/
The Biochar Fund; Exceptional results from biochar experiment in Cameroon
http://biocharfund.org/