• Guest blog: The Northwest is a biocarbon powerhouse

    by Steve Whitney on August 6, 2012

    Lost in the current debate over how best to control greenhouse gas emissions from combustion of fossil fuels is the simple fact that it won’t be enough. Already, concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere exceed 390 parts per million (ppm), some 40 ppm above what many climate scientists consider safe levels.

  • Inspired by the carbon-rich soils of Amazonia

    by Patrick Mazza on May 15, 2012

    Biochar has had an interesting run over the past several years. As with so many other emerging climate solutions, biochar burst into public awareness a few years back with a wave of grassroots enthusiasm. 

  • Creating markets for nature's goods and services

    by Patrick Mazza on April 12, 2012

    The BioCycle Conference in Portland April 16-19 focused on the new economics of materials and natural services – harnessing organic wastes with processes that make valuable goods, and valuing ecological services to send the right signals on the use of nature in general.

  • Organic residues provide a vital link to solving the climate crisis

    by Patrick Mazza on March 30, 2012

    What do yard trimmings, food waste, woody materials, biosolids, manure, municipal solid waste and other organic residues have to do with cooling our overheating climate? 

  • REACCH-ing for farming’s future

    by Patrick Mazza on March 7, 2012

    Climate change is among the greatest challenges facing 21st century agriculture. To anticipate those challenges a cutting-edge Northwest scientific exploration is bringing some very 21st century tools to bear.