Biochar: Climate Change Solution or False Hope?

In this series, DeSmog digs into the promise and peril of biochar as a solution to climate change. Authored by Steve Horn, this investigative report is the result of a years-long probe into biochar, geoengineering, and whether it can put a dent in climate change. Learn about the science — and lack thereof — supporting biochar's carbon sequestration potential, the major players and their connections to Big Oil, and the rush to deploy large-scale biochar projects as part of questionable carbon offsets programs. Read the whole series below.

In this series

If someone told you a charred black substance could help save the planet from the worst ravages of...
By Steve Horn, 23 Mar, 2017
Some of biochar's proponents say the substance will save us from climate change destruction, as we...
By Steve Horn, 23 Mar, 2017
For biochar's fiercest promoters, the sky's the limit for the seemingly mystical product — or at...
By Steve Horn, 23 Mar, 2017
For the past several years, a well-organized, well-funded campaign has worked to include biochar in...
By Steve Horn, 23 Mar, 2017
In the world of biochar business, it's been mostly “talk” and little “walk.” Few biochar businesses...
By Steve Horn, 23 Mar, 2017
Biochar may be many things, such as a crop yield improvement tool and reclamation device for...
By Steve Horn, 23 Mar, 2017