Biochar stability and characterisation

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The research explores two aspects of biochar: i) Determining the long-term stability of biochar in soil. ii) Developing biochar characterisation techniques to quantify its relevant properties and behaviours in soil.

IBI Publishes Version 1.1 of the IBI Biochar Standards

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As part of its process to continually improve and update The Standardized Product Definition and Product Testing Guidelines for Biochar That Is Used in Soil (also known as the IBI Biochar Standards), IBI has published Version 1.1 of the document to address technical program changes identified by users of the IBI Biochar Standards. The primary revisions include a new test method for organic carbon content, removal of the earthworm avoidance test, and inclusion of a new section on the revisions process, in addition to other minor editorial modifications.

The release of Version 1.1 comes one year after publication of the initial version of the IBI Biochar Standards. IBI created the IBI Biochar Standards in an effort to provide a tool that will help the emerging biochar industry provide certainty to consumers and markets about biochar products. The IBI Biochar Standards provide a framework for determining what biochar is—and what it is not—and for demonstrating the safety and efficacy of its use as a soil amendment through a series of tests that determine basic physicochemical properties and the presence of potential toxicants.

Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning

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The purpose of Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning is to provide the information necessary for coastal natural resource managers and community planners to select appropriate tools for their projects. This guide focuses on spatially explicit solutions for climate-related planning. It provides detailed information on a set of key tools that either alone or used in conjunction with other tools can facilitate multi-sector climate adaptation planning (i.e. climate adaptation planning that incorporates elements of ecosystem health and social wellbeing) and describes the utility and role of tools in relevant planning processes.

This guide is targeted at practitioners and decision makers involved in coastal zone management, natural resource management, protected area and habitat management, watershed management, conservation, and local planning in the coastal United States including the Great Lakes. The information and tools in this guide are also highly applicable to many inland and international regions.


Understanding the New ‘Green’ Guidelines

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While many industries will be impacted by the new green guidelines recently released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), few will be as affected as the professional cleaning industry. One reason for this is that the industry has wholeheartedly embraced green cleaning. In most cases, an environmentally preferable product is considered first, with a traditional, non-green product selected when a green alternative is not available or for some reason not cost or performance effective.

However, because the industry has jumped on the green bandwagon so enthusiastically, some of the environmental claims the industry has used to identify their products and services will need to be reexamined in light of the new FTC guidelines. Further, this will impact all parties in the industry—manufacturers, distributors, and you, the end customer—ultimately for the benefit of all.

Restaurant industry groups support renewable fuel standard reform

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Four Congressmen introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act this week, bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing food costs by eliminating the conventional biofuels mandate and prohibiting the use of corn-based ethanol.

The legislation also reduces the total size of the RFS and restricts the standard to only being met through the use of renewable biomass and other advanced biofuels. It was introduced by Congressmen Bob Goodlatte, Jim Costa, Steve Womack and Peter Welch.