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Biochar for Environmental Management
By Johannes Lehmann and Stephen Joseph
‘An essential reference in fostering pro-poor policies on energy efficiency and GHG
mitigation based on land and soil improvements that could bring more justice
into the climate change agenda.’ Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, United
Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Bonn, Germany

‘This wonderful volume is an invaluable handbook for those interested in the

science and economics of soil amendment using biochar. A vital tool for policy-
makers and scientists working on climate change mitigation.’ Chris Goodall,
author of the bestselling How to Live a Low-Carbon Life

Biochar is the carbon-rich product when biomass (such as wood, manure or crop
residues) is heated in a closed container with little or no available air. It can be used to
improve agriculture and the environment in several ways, and its stability in soil and
superior nutrient-retention properties make it an ideal soil amendment to increase
crop yields. In addition to this, biochar sequestration, in combination with sustainable
biomass production, can be carbon-negative and therefore used to actively remove
carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with major implications for mitigation of climate
change. Biochar production can also be combined with bioenergy production through
CONTENTS: the use of the gases that are given off in the pyrolysis process.
Foreword by Tim Flannery
Biochar for Environmental Management This book is the first to synthesize the expanding research literature on this topic. The
- An Introduction book’s interdisciplinary approach, which covers engineering, environmental sciences,
Physical Properties of Biochar agricultural sciences, economics and policy, is a vital tool at this stage of biochar
Characteristics of Biochar - Micro-Chemical technology development. This comprehensive overview of current knowledge will
be of interest to advanced students, researchers and professionals in a wide range of
Characteristics of Biochar - Organo-
Chemical Properties disciplines.
Biochar - Nutrient Properties and their
Enhancement Johannes Lehmann, associate professor of soil biogeochemistry and soil fertility
Characteristics of Biochar - Biological management at Cornell University, is co-founder and Chair of the Board of the
Properties International Biochar Initiative, and member of the editorial boards of Nutrient Cycling
Developing a Biochar Classification and in Agroecosystems and Plant and Soil. Dr Stephen Joseph is a visiting professor at the
Test Methods School of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of New Ssouth Wales,
Biochar Production Technology
Australia and Vice Chairman of the International Biochar Initiative.
Biochar Systems
Changes of Biochar in Soil
Hb • £49.95 £40.00 • 384 pages • 978-1-84407-658-1 • Febuary 2009
Stability of Biochar in Soil
Biochar Application to Soil
Biochar and Emissions of Non-CO2 Further Reading
Greenhouse Gases from Soil
Biochar Effects on Soil Nutrient Water and Cereals in Drylands
Transformation P. Koohafkan, FAO, Rome and B.A. Stewart
Biochar Effects on Nutrient Leaching ‘This topic is central to contemporary concerns for more sustainable agricultural
Biochar and Sorption of Organic development... A well-written and clear book, with excellent data, tables and
Compounds illustrations.’ Jules Pretty OBE, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Essex
Test Procedures for Determining the
This book reviews the potential for increased cereal production in drylands across
Quantity of Biochar within Soils
the world, from the USA, Australia and Southern Europe to Asia and Africa.
Biochar, Greenhouse Gas Accounting and
Co-published with FAO.
Emissions Trading
The Economics of Biochar Production,
Utilisation and Emissions Pb • £27.95 22.00 • 120 pages • 978-1-84407-708-3 • November 2008
Socio-Economic Assessment and
Implementation of Small Scale Biochar The Biomass Assessment Handbook
Projects Frank Rosillo-Calle, Sarah Hemstock, Peter de Groot and Jeremy Woods
Taking Biochar to Market: Some Essential
This handbook provides the reader with the skills to understand the biomass
Concepts for Commercial Success
resource base, the tools to assess the resource, and explores the pros and
Policy to Address the Threat of Dangerous
cons of exploitation. Topics covered include assessment methods for woody
Climate Change: A Leading Role for Biochar
and herbaceous biomass, biomass supply and consumption, remote sensing
techniques as well as vital policy issues.

Pb • £39.95 £32.00 • 296 pages • 978-1-84407-526-3 • May 2008

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Edited by Neil Leary, Cecilia Conde, Jyoti Kulkarni, Anthony Nyong and Juan Pulhin
This book covers current practices for managing climate risks, deficits between current practices and needs for effective
management of climate risks, the changing nature of the risks due to human-caused climate change, strategies for adapting
to climate change to lessen the risks, and the need to integrate these strategies into development planning and resource
management. The book also identifies obstacles to effective adaptation and explores measures needed to create conditions
that are favourable to climate change adaptation.
Hb • £75.00 £64.00 • 978-1-84407-470-9 • November 2007

Climate Change and Vulnerability

Edited by Neil Leary, James Adejuwon, Vincente Barros, Ian Burton, Jyoti Kulkarni, and Rodel Lasco
Many parts of the developing world are subject to variable and extreme climate, the impacts of which impede development
and point to the need to improve the understanding and management of climate risks. This book discusses who is vulnerable
and the nature and causes of their vulnerability for parts of the world, which have been poorly researched until now. It
also provides researchers with new examples of applications of vulnerability assessment methods, an approach that is of
growing interest in the climate change area but for which there are relatively few applications in the literature.

Hb • £75.00 £64.00 • 978-1-84407-469-3 • November 2007

Both volumes together Hb • £130.00 £110.00 • 978-1-84407-480-8



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D The Biomass Assessment Handbook 978-1-84407-526-3 32.00
E Climate Change and Adaptation 978-1-84407-470-9 64.00
R Climate Change and Vulnerability 978-1-84407-469-3 64.00
Climate Change and Adaptation / Vulnerability 2-Volume Set 978-1-84407-480-8 110.00
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