Climatefarming in northern Senegal

Definition Climatefarming en francais

Definition Climate Farming

Climate farming uses agricultural means to keep carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses from escaping into the atmosphere. Like organic farming, climate farming maintains biodiversity and ecological balance on productive, argicultural land. But climate farmers like Hans-Peter Schmidt go a step further and covert leftover organic mass into biochar, a solid carbon compound that can improve soil quality. Biochar production also creates a kind of gas that can then be burned to help generate power. A climate farm could grow food, generate power, and help keep carbon out of the air.

Climatefarming – Pour une agriculture durable

von Hans-Peter Schmidt

Le climatefarming est souvent décrit comme une méthode agricole au moyen de laquelle du CO2 est prélevé de l’atmosphère et stocké de façon stable dans le sol sous forme de carbone. Ceci pourrait permettre de freiner le changement climatique. Mais le climatefarming, c’est également un concept écologique durable pour l’agriculture du future, qui produira aussi bien des denrées alimentaires que de l’énergie et de l’air propre, encouragera la biodiversité et protégera le paysage.

Au travers de leurs feuilles, les plantes prélèvent du dioxyde de carbone contenu dans l’air et le transforment à l’aide de la lumière, de substances minérales et de l’eau en molécules carboniques. Lorsque la plante meurt ou pourrit, ou si elle est mangée et digérée, les molécules longues de carbone sont de nouveau scindées. Ce processus libère de l’énergie et donc du carbone qui, composé à plus de 99% de CO2, s’évapore dans l’atmosphère. (en savoir plus ...)

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Climatefarmingprojekt Öfen für Afrika

Sonntag, 20. Dezember 2009

Copenhagen Results Tuvalu refused to sign a climate change deal

Not really a solution. So goodby Copenhagen 2009, hello Mexico 2010

Extensive analysis of the Copenhagen talks has been put forth by pundits across the political spectrum. In many ways, the scientific bottom line is the most important story here, and it's a story that few are telling.

Which is why we're so grateful to the scientists and statisticians and Climate Interactive, who have presented us with these stark figures about the proposals on the table. Here's the scoreboard right now.

The most affected contry is Tuvalu

Tuvalu has refused to sign a climate change deal brokered by the United States, India, China and South Africa.

The deal is not legally binding and falls short of the demands of Pacific countries who say science indicates global temperatures need to limited to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial times to ensure their survival.

Instead the deal offers a 2 degree target on temperatures, and promises only that the commitments countries make to cut greenhouse gas emissions will be scrutinised.

Ahead of a vote on the deal, Tuvalu’s chief negotiator Ian Fry said his country could not accept it.

He gave this response to a promise included in the agreement of 100 billion US dollars a year to help developing nations from 2020.

“Can I suggest that, in biblical terms, it looks like we are being offered thiry pieces of silver to betray our people and our future. Mr President our future is not for sale.”

Ian Fry says claims by the United States that a deal had been reached, were disrespectful when other countries had not been able to consider it.

Dienstag, 8. Dezember 2009

Biochar on a international policy level

Declaration for Recognition of soil carbon as a greenhouse abatement technology:

The following countries support biochar on an international policy level:

  • UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Micronesia
  • Belize
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Niger
  • Senegal
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Australia
  • Costa Rica
Pushing for the inclusion of a "full-range" of bio-carbon in a post-2012 climate treaty

A coalition of 26 African countries is calling for the inclusion of carbon credits generated through afforestation, reforestation, agroforestry, reduced soil tillage, and sustainable agricultural practices in future climate agreements.
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Samstag, 5. Dezember 2009

COP15 should include Biochar in the CDM Mechanism Africa could profit most

Climatefarming = Energy+ Food +CO2 Removal
Secretariat of Climatefarming in Cop15
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Biochar: terrestrial carbon sequestration for Africa

The focus of this partnership will be to explore how biochar can help fight climate change and enhance food security in Africa to benefit small-holder farmers and build the soil resource and enable adaptation to climate change.

What is Biochar?

Biochar is a carbon-rich, charcoal-like material that makes soils more resilient and resistant to climate change. It also provides a way of keeping more carbon in the soil, which is good for the environment. Biochar is created in a man-made process (called “pyrolysis”) that breaks down complex biomass materials by heating them in the absence of oxygen. Biochar systems also co-produce bioenergy. Biochar can store carbon in the soil for hundreds and even thousands of years, and is seen as a promising way of helping to slow down global warming. In particular, biochar makes soil better at retaining water, reduces the amount of fertilizer needed, increases crop productivity, and stops nutrients from draining away. And that lets farmers grow their crops more efficiently. Climate change in Africa is predicted to have a pronounced effect on food security and water availability.
A win-win-win-win scenario Converting biomass into biochar has four positive effects: it produces bioenergy, stores carbon in the soil for centuries or longer, improves the quality of soil and water, and increases crop yields.
In African countries prone to water stress, desertification, and low crop productivity, biochar can help enhance food security and the soil resource while combating climate change and enabling adaptation in areas predicted to suffer additional negative impacts. More about Biochar

Partnership goals

One goal is to establish a strategy for educating people about biochar, including African government authorities, farmers, and others engaged in the climate battle.
IBI will share scientific and technical expertise and knowledge regarding biochar and small-scale, developing country biochar production and utilization systems, and aid in establishing credible research and development projects that can aid in knowledge building and and assessment of the environmental and other impacts of these projects. Likewise, this knowledge exchange also needs to happen in terms of how biochar can be reliably used for improving the quality of soil, keeping it stable, and capturing carbon.

The secretariat of climatefarming
will aid in facilitating project development and matching projects with funding sources.

11 contries support the proposal from UNCCD support the declaration and send it back to UNCCD submission (see page 77 of the document) to the UNFCCC onthe issue of biochar, for your information:

You will find newest Informations about Biochar related side events on the IBI website
Additional Information will be Exhibit Hall H-020 A the stand CarbonFix e.V you can leave me a message there.

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Freitag, 13. November 2009

Biochar recommended as fast-action strategie that may reduce the risk of abrupt climate change

Biochar should be accepted a climate change mitigation and adaptation technology for post-2012 treaty in Copenhagen. The International Biochar Initiative estimates that biochar production has the potential to provide 1 Gt carbon per year in climate mitigation by 2040, or 3.67 Gt CO2 per year, using only waste biomass The capture of atmospheric CO2 by plants to provide bio-energy followed by carbon capture and storage, combined with afforestation and biochar production, may have the potential to remove 100 ppm of CO2 from the atmosphere under the most optimistic scenarios(

Good by CCS Hello BCCS Bioenergie Carbon Capture and Sequestration

My fear is, that the new wonder tech promoted by big business will be CCS, and that all focus might be on a technology that will use up to 40% of produced energy for storing exhaust from coal into the ground. Not ready before 2020 said the industry this technology will cost billions. The easiest to reach the aim of 350 ppm is Bio sequestration. Each year mankind produces Seven gigatons of CO2 by burning coal and oil. So when it succeeded in turning back the same quantity of biomass in coal - the world climate would be healed.Folowing Dr. Maria-Magdalena Titirici, Group Leader Max Planck Instituteof Colloids and Interfaces Colloid Chemistry Potsdam- it is relatively easy because the planet produces 120 cubic kilometers of dry biomass. Humanity is already throwing away 10 to 14 cubic kilometers as residual. Only biomass can be used for the creation of carbon-negative energy systems as it is known by gasification technologie. With bio sequestration we could clean up our emissions from the past 200 years.. All other renewables are carbon-neutral at best, meaning they can only reduce future CO2 emissions.But Large-scale industry is not interested in this procedure, because it changes the rules. The companies earn very well with current technologies and are not really interested in that change the rules of the competition. Therefor it is more then important that at Copenhagen climate talks bio sequestration is recognized as a greenhouse gas abatement technology. The idea has been submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 5th Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) in Bonn, Germany, 29 March – 8 April 2009. And now we need both:Recognition of biochar carbon sink management as valid in the current and post-2012 LULUCF guidelinesInclusion of biochar in the CDM mechanism along with currently already included afforestation and reforestation should campaign for this ....

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