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“A brilliant, climatic coup that uplifts biochar to an entirely new level of substance and urgency!”―Paul Hawken
“We’re in a climate emergency, and we need to be using an awful lot of different approaches―here’s one that definitely deserves to be explored in full.”―Bill McKibben, author of Falter
“Burn advances the discussion from fantasies of biochar-based agriculture to normative proposals for many ways the material could theoretically be used as an environmentally attractive, economically competitive resource in many sectors of society. The book opens new avenues of thought, and it will be a valuable reference in the coming decade in helping us to assess the inevitable cascade of ever bigger, riskier, costlier, and zanier proposals for carbon withdrawal.”―Dennis Meadows, 2018 laureate, The Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto
“For anyone interested in solutions to climate change, this book is absolutely essential reading. It represents the latest, most innovative thinking and experimentation on removing carbon from the atmosphere. What’s delightfully startling is the authors’ detailed, example-laden argument that we can use carbon to regenerate landscapes while also producing an astounding array of products―from concrete to plastics to batteries to paper―that function better by incorporating the universe’s most versatile element. Written in a clear, entertaining style, Burn is an incendiary contribution.”―Richard Heinberg, senior fellow, Post Carbon Institute
“I cannot recommend this book highly enough for going deep into the science of a potentially revolutionary technology that could be capable of stopping dangerous climate change in its tracks. For anyone who wants to know how societies can transform the very fabric of how we run our industries so that we protect and enhance our environment, not destroy it―while contributing to thriving economies―this is literally the manual. It is, in short, a window into the future we could build together. So read it, and start building.”―Dr. Nafeez Ahmed, system shift columnist, Motherboard; editor-in-chief, INSURGE Intelligence; research fellow, The Schumacher Institute
“What if we could make carbon our ally, instead of our enemy, in preserving this planet? This deeply detailed book is about far more than the ancient, carbon-fixing Amazonian soil technology called terra preta. Practically everything humans do, Burn shows, could reimburse the Earth for the carbon we’ve exhumed, leaving civilization far cleaner and healthier―and with a chance for a future.”―Alan Weisman, author of Countdown, The World Without Us, and Gaviotas
“Carbon, the most promiscuous of elements, can be our ruination or by better management, our salvation. Burn is a clear, accessible, and luminescent blueprint for the latter. It really is a must-read.”―David Orr, author of Dangerous Years
“Carbon is the element that likes to hold hands and collaborate. We can learn a lot from carbon if we stop demonizing it. Burn does an exceptional job telling the vital story of how carbon can address the interconnected crises in waste, energy, food, soil, water, and, most pressingly, climate. This book plays a critical role in educating us to reorient with carbon math, reimagine the role of carbon cascades, and redesign the carbon cycle.”―Amanda Joy Ravenhill, executive director, Buckminster Fuller Institute
“Reading Albert Bates is always a delight. He challenges us in his humorous, outside-the-box style with deep, practical, and original carbon insights based on years of experience as one of the world’s leading permaculture experts. His solutions are low-cost, scalable, and doable―right on.”―Ross Jackson, chair of Gaia Trust, Denmark; author of Occupy World Street
“This book is a big deal. It argues persuasively that carbon has been vilified for far too long. Biochar, a hard, crystal-like form of carbon, can reanimate tired soils and help to mop up vast amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. The authors speak as seasoned scientists as well as practitioners, and their arsenal of arguments offers more than a glimpse of hope in a world threatened with climate doom. If there is a way out, here is a bunch of keys to the door at the end of the tunnel.”―Herbert Girardet, cofounder, World Future Council; executive council member, Club of Rome--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Albert Bates is one of the founders of the intentional community and ecovillage movements. A lawyer, scientist, and teacher, he has taught village design, appropriate technology, and permaculture to students from more than sixty countries. His books include Climate in Crisis; The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook; The Biochar Solution; and The Paris Agreement.
Kathleen Draper has been deeply involved in many areas of biochar research, communication, and outreach for the past six years. She routinely collaborates with biochar experts from around the globe as the Chairman of the International Biochar Initiative (IBI), moderator for IBI’s biochar education webinar series, and the US Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence. She has lectured on biochar in several countries and provides consulting services to companies entering the biochar industry. She is editor of the online review, The Biochar Journal.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07NBHQ31K
- Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing (February 26, 2019)
- Publication date : February 26, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 14516 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
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- Print length : 303 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #434,249 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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These products range from eliminating noxious odors to manufacturing graphene. For agriculture, the pure carbon acts like a coral reef, which can capture ammonia and immobilize nitrogen, phosphates, and heavy metals resulting in cleaner water and less stress such as algae blooms. The carbon can trap and immobilize salt, which threatens many areas of the world due to over-irrigation and sea level rise. The carbon holds moisture and beneficial bacteria, reducing the need for water and artificial fertilizers. Areas that currently pollute waterways with hog lagoons, cattle and chicken manures can use the technologies described to clean-up pollution and enhance production. The carbon and the by-products can make concrete with far less GHG pollution, concrete which is stronger and less prone to failure than conventional. New construction materials outperform the existing ones -- and sequester carbon that otherwise would pollute the atmosphere.
I'd like to specifically recommend this book to High School students and teachers as part of their curriculum in science, environmental studies, and humanities. These are global solutions with equal application everywhere on earth. I'd also recommend it to undergraduate and graduate programs -- and especially for young people who are searching for meaningful and satisfying careers.
… " They are ten Grade 9 and 10 students who have been learning German as an elective subject for 2-3 years. Their German speaking skills would be at a beginner to intermediate stage.
The Goethe-Institut may have already contacted you to ask whether you would like to be involved. The idea is that the students first do some learning about German and Australian businesses with German links to get their heads around the language involved in business. Then they research into local businesses, which may have a link to Germany or the German language."
…" to introduce the students to an innovative idea or business model (in German) and hence help them to improve their language skills and help to make learning the language more authentic and interesting while pursuing something relevant to our community.
The third part of the project is that students need to come up with a new idea for your business. They then create an advertisement for their product."
The timing of this important book is perfect!
I am glad I preordered the first 4 books already in January and so may the process continue!
By Little Wolf on April 29, 2019
Insightful narrative. Deeper dive into areas where biochar is often overlooked, such as in manufacturing and for use in cooling systems.
Will be buying more copies as gifts. This topic deserves more attention.
Many kudos to Kathleen Draper and Albert Bates for their work.
Top reviews from other countries
This book offers an extraordinary, relatively simple solution to a multitude of the challenges facing us.
Biochar, a form of stabilized carbon; a product easily enough made from a multitude or raw materials - many of which we now throw into landfill! - this biochar can then be used in innumerable areas of our lives - agriculture, in our concrete & buildings, in medicine, and many other situations too numerous to offer here.
Do explore this exciting solution to the many challenges we face today!