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US Senate to consider "WECHAR" biochar bill

By: IBI Staff

On Thursday, September 24, 2009, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, and four cosponsors (Senators Max Baucus and John Tester of Montana, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, and Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico), introduced the “Water Efficiency via Carbon Harvesting and Restoration (WECHAR) Act of 2009.” The bill establishes a loan guarantee program to develop biochar technology, initiates a program of biochar landscape restoration projects on public land, and authorizes a competitive grant program to fund research on biochar characteristics, impacts and economics.

18-20 October - Joint International Workshop between United Kingdom and China

By: IBI Staff

Partners China Agricultural University, Rothamsted Research, University of Edinburgh and the UK Biochar Research Centre are sponsoring "A Joint International Workshop between United Kingdom and China - Influences of Biochar on Soil Processes and Fertility." The workshop takes place on 18-20 October in Beijing. The workshop aims are to discuss the importance of biochars as soil additives to improve soil physical, chemical and biological properties and to mitigate climatic change by carbon sequestration.

Announcing the 2009 Northeast Biochar Symposium November 13 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The Northeast Biochar Symposium highlights the latest information on Biochar production and utilization presented by leading researchers in academia, government agencies, agriculture and manufacturing. Learn how this innovative strategy offers exciting opportunities for carbon sequestration, soil fertility, agriculture, renewable energy, job creation and community sustainability.  

Submit an Abstract for ACS Conference Biochar Symposium: Abstracts due October 19, 2009

By: Thayer Tomlinson

A symposium entitled "Biochars for Environmental Sustainability: Green Fuels, Carbon Sequestration, and Long-Term Agricultural Production" will be held during the 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition.  The symposium is sponsored by the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry.

March 21-25, 2010, San Francisco, California

The program theme for the 2009 ACS meetings is: Chemistry for a Sustainable World.

1 Day Workshop on How to Make and Use Biochar, Sat Oct 17, New Hampshire US,

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Saturday, October 17, 2009
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Lodge at Pony Farm
19 Putnam Road, Temple NH 03084

Schedule of Events


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2010 National Tribal Science Forum: Biochar Presentation?

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The National Tribal Science Forum, sponsored by the National EPA-Tribal Science Council and hosted by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City, Michigan from June 6-10, 2010.

Biochar Included as an "Innovative Approach" in just-released UNEP Climate Change Science Compendium 2009

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The UNEP Climate Change Science Compendium is a review of some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate that have been released through peer-reviewed literature or from research institutions over the last three years, since the close of research for consideration by the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (to see the full Compendium, go to

New Research Opportunities at US and UK Institutions

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Both Cranfield University (UK) and the University of Idaho (US) have positions open for biochar researchers at thier institutions.  Closing dates are September 30, 2009 and October 30, 2009 respectively. For more information on each opportunity, please see the IBI jobs board.


IBI Releases Biochar Pathways Matrix

By: IBI Staff

IBI has recently completed a matrix on biochar pathways best suited for different environments including technologies, feedstocks, by-products, sustainability issues, and advantages and challenges. If you have suggestions or additions to this document, please contact Kelpie Wilson.

Invitation to Take Biochar Survey sponsored by UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

By: Thayer Tomlinson

A Review of the Potential Benefits, Costs and Issues Surrounding the Addition of Biochar to Soils