What is Biochar?
Biochar is a manmade, refined charcoal that can be used in many different capacities and industries. The biggest and most beneficial use of biochar is as a soil amendment that helps neutralize and reverse global warming.
- Diversion of carbon emissions from normal landfill composting or burning
- Increased absorption of harmful gas into soil
- Reduction of harmful gas output from soil
- Complete natural cycle from seed to soil
Carbon sequestration is the diversion of carbon emissions into another usable product. This diversion is basically recycling the energy from waste into usable fuel or carbon that would have otherwise been emitted into the ozone layer in a natural process of composting. Carbon sequestration is helping slow down the amount of harmful gases being released into the atmosphere.
Fighting Global Warming
Besides the ability to capture carbon emissions that would be otherwise released into the air from composting, recent studies have indicated that incorporating biochar into soil reduces nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and increases methane (CH4) uptake from soil. Methane is over 20 times more effective in trapping heat in the atmosphere than CO2, while nitrous oxide has a global warming potential that is 310 times greater than CO2.