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Biochar: the 'black gold' for soils that is getting big bets on offset markets
Travelling through the Amazon in the 1540s, Spanish explorer Franciso de Orellana discovered a thriving agrarian civilisation with uniquely fertile soil. Today, the nutrient-rich terra preta (black earth) soils remain in the Amazon’s Xingu region, even if the inhabitants largely did not survive the conquistadors. The key to these soils is biochar, a charcoal-like substance produced from burning biomass in the absence of oxygen, a process called pyrolysis.
Toxic blaze: the true cost of crop burning
Farmers in many parts of the world set fire to cultivated fields to clear stubble, weeds and waste before sowing a new crop. While this practice may be fast and economical, it is highly unsustainable, as it produces large amounts of the particle pollutant black carbon and reduces the fertility of soil.
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