Backyard Biochar This site has descriptions of my experiments with Flame Cap Kilns. I also report on work by others.
US Biochar Initiative I am on the advisory board of the USBI. We are sponsoring the 5th North American Biochar Symposium in Corvallis, Oregon - August 22-25, 2016
Illinois Valley Forest Collaborative I've been involved with the group in my hometown for several years. We are working with the US Forest Service on hazardous fuels and small diameter timber sales. Biochar is a part of what we do.
Umpqua Biochar Education Team (UBET) I am working with UBET on a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA-NRCS. We are helping small farmers learn how to make biochar and use it to manage manure and make premium compost.
It's also at Energy Bulletin under my original title, Malthus and Vice.
Have We Hit the Limits of Human Population?
By Kelpie Wilson, AlterNet. Posted April 10, 2009.
Without growth, there would be
no economy as we know it. But modern culture, by and large, doesn't see
that it can exist only in the medium of ceaseless growth and expansion,
because a fish doesn't see the water it swims in. Only today, in the
recent, breathless moments of the greatest economic crash since the
Great Depression, do we begin to perceive the waters around us.
we are coming to realize that the last 200 years of economic growth
have been based on a monumental Ponzi scheme that has pushed the final
reckoning ever forward in time, until the future is now. Slowly, we are
coming to realize that Thomas Malthus was right.
It was the
warrior cry of the radical environmental movement in the 1980s:
"Malthus Was Right!" But Malthus, a mumbling country parson with
intellectual ambitions, had been transmogrified by capitalists and
communists alike into a fearsome bogeyman possessed of "dangerous"
Environmentalists who invoked his name were invariably
corrected by their progressive friends, who told them that excess
consumption by the rich was the problem, not the reproductive
profligacy of the poor.
Yet, as we drive deeper into the
greenhouse world, with its crazy weather, water shortages and general
degradation, more and more of us from across the political spectrum are
wondering how on earth we will feed the 3 billion more people projected
to arrive by 2050, or even the 6 billion or so we already have.