"Burn - Using Fire to Cool the Earth" Book Review


by James Sauer March 23, 2020

I'm always making and using biochar - Cooking it in my fireplace, backyard firepit, and adding the charged carbon substance to my garden.  For years now, I've enjoyed the results in my garden and the feeling of doing something good for the Earth - that's why I created the BioCharlie.  

However, like you may be, I'm still learning about biochar.  Kathleen Draper and Albert Bates' Burn -Using Fire to Cool the Earth as an inspiring read that emphasized how biochar can curb climate change and allowed me to learn more about the substance itself.  

I have known Kathleen for the last several years and knew that anything she would write on biochar would be a labor of love.  She continues to represent the mission of the International Biochar Initiative with grace and vigor.  Her passion for the cause is palpable whenever she speaks - and this passion translates to her and Bates's book.  

Burn is required reading for anyone who wants to do more for the environment.  While biochar is a simple substance, charcoal, the book reveals its unlimited possibilities for uses that keep carbon sequestered from escaping back into the atmosphere as CO2.  Biochar is not just for soil enhancement anymore according to the authors and some uses will surprise you.

The science behind biochar is fascinating, but isn't intimidating in Burn.  The book broadens ones understanding of scientific concepts in an easy-to-read and entertaining style.  It explains applications of biochar ranging from agriculture to building materials.  It can even be used as an additive in feed for cows - who would know?

I would bet that some who read this book will become inspired to use some of the concepts to reshape traditional ways of how various things are made -Chalk up a win for industry and the planet.




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