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Posted Thu Apr 9 2009: from
Charcoal plan for carbon storage under fire
Campaigners have launched a protest against a proposed form of geoengineering that they say is gaining popularity despite being untested and fraught with potential social and environmental repercussions. Biochar, at its most ambitious, involves recruiting vast amounts of biomass -- for example, from dedicated plantations -- and converting the carbon captured in the plant matter into charcoal. The charcoal is then ploughed into soils where it is hoped it will remain forever, improving soil fertility in the process.... But a coalition of nearly 150 organisations launched their campaign against biochar this week (6 April) during the Bonn Climate Change Talks, held in the run-up to the Copenhagen meeting.... The group, made up of small-scale farmers associations, forest protection groups, international environmental networks and human rights advocates, called on governments to study biochar in greater depth because of what they say is serious scientific uncertainty about both its ability to remove carbon from the atmosphere and side effects of its use.
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Come on -- unintended consequences? When did that ever happen?

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