Richard Heinberg to Deliver Keynote Address

Rohnert Park, CA – Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the non-profit Post Carbon Institute, has been selected as the keynote speaker at the 2012 US Biochar Conference, held July 29 – August 1 at Sonoma State University, in Rohnert Park, California.

Richard HeinbergHeinberg is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost peak oil educators. The author of ten books, including “The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality” (June 2011), “Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis” (2009), and “Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines” (2007), he has also written many essays and articles that have appeared in journals such as Nature, The Ecologist, and The American Prospect, and on web sites such as,, and

Heinberg has appeared in film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour and is a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education.

Biochar is a solid material obtained from the thermo chemical conversion of biomass in an oxygen-limited environment. The fine-grained, highly porous charcoal can be used as a soil amendment. Recent studies show that it can increase agricultural yields, reduce the need for fertilizers, and conserve irrigation water. Biochar can also yield valuable by-products such as gasses that can be used to produce renewable, clean energy.

“It may be an overstatement to say that biochar can save the world,” said Heinberg. “But it does address some of the biggest environmental and human problems we face--climate change, topsoil depletion, and food shortages. We'd be foolish not to give this new/ancient technology a decent chance.”

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