Life Cycle Assessment: Biochar as a Greenhouse Gas Sink?

Jan-Markus Rödger, Jim Hammond, Peter Brownsort, Dane Dickinson , Achim Loewen

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    This user-friendly book introduces biochar to potential users in the professional sphere. It de-mystifies the scientific, engineering and managerial issues surrounding biochar for the benefit of audiences including policy makers, landowners and farmers, land use, agricultural and environmental managers and consultants, industry and lobby groups and NGOs. The book reviews state-of-the-art knowledge in an approachable way for the non-scientist, covering all aspects of biochar production, soil science, agriculture, environmental impacts, economics, law and regulation and climate change policy. Chapters provide 'hands-on' practical information, including how to evaluate biochar and understand what it is doing when added to the soil, how to combine biochar with other soil amendments (such as manure and composts) to achieve desired outcomes, and how to ensure safe and effective use. The authors also present research findings from the first coordinated European biochar field trial and summarize European field trial data. Explanatory boxes, infographics and concise summaries of key concepts are included throughout to make the subject more understandable and approachable.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBiochar in European Soils and Agriculture : Science and Practice
    EditorsSimon Shackley, Greet Ruysschaert, Kor Zwart, Bruno Glaser
    Place of PublicationNew York
    Publication date2016
    ISBN (Print)978-0-415-71166-1
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-88446-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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