Can biochar mitigate global warming?

Biochar is made from the waste emitted in agricultural, urban, and forestry activities. Biochar draws carbon from the air and has the capability of storing carbon for decades. A study done in UNSW had discovered that “biochar can help build organic carbon in soil by up to 20% (on average 3.8%) and lower nitrous oxide emissions by 12 to 50%, increasing biochar’s climate change mitigation advantages”. Thus, biochar could speed up the efforts that go into the conservation of biodiversity.

Biochar can be used to complement carbon-neutral products. This will help the undertakings for the conservation of biodiversity further.

Biochar offers many extra benefits to soil and water. Biochar’s ability to hold moisture and nutrients in the fertilizer, as discussed earlier, supports crops to grow agreeably.

In conclusion, biochar offers multiple advantages that help with the conservation of biodiversity. When growing with crops with biochar, the compound assists retain nutrients in the soil, offering a shining light to the areas with depleted soil, lack of water, or chemical fertilizers. Nevertheless, farmers must keep in mind that all kinds of soil may not react the same to biochar. The results may take a long time, which can extend to even one year.

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