Chicken Poop Will Solve Our Environmental Problems

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How are we going to save the planet? Solar panels, wind turbines, electric cars? Nah. Let’s just turn chicken poop, and other organic trash like trees, and corn husks into biochar. That ought to do the trick.

From Big Green Boulder:

Charring chicken poop probably won’t save the planet on its own, but some people think charring fowl manure along with beetle-killed pine trees, corn husks and other organic matter might be an important weapon in the war on greenhouse gases. And a lot of the people who think that are hanging around Boulder this week.

Wednesday wraps up the first-ever North American Biochar Conference, which was hosted by the University of Colorado’s centre for Energy and Environmental Security.

Biochar — a fancy name for charcoal, more or less — is what’s left when organic matter is burned in a low-oxygen environment. And when you don’t have oxygen, you can’t make carbon dioxide. So after the burn, you’re left with biochar, which stays stable for a thousand years, locking up that pesky globe-warming carbon in a big black chunk. And as a bonus, the biochar makes an excellent fertiliser when added to agricultural fields.

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