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  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Honors Hertz Foundation Fellows; Biochar Group One of Eight University Teams to “Reinvent the Toilet” - www
    aims to improve the lives of 2 6 billion people without adequate sanitation on our planet said Dr Jay Davis Hertz Foundation President The Hertz Fellows have built a vibrant community to support and inspire one another Good things come from that collaboration and the Biochar Group has been one of the most exciting We re doubly grateful to have our work recognized by the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation Biochar is a high grade of charcoal formed in a low oxygen environment Instead of burning or combustion pyrolysis converts biomass into biochar in the range of 450 to 600 degrees Celsius This principle will be applied to the transformation of sewage in third world countries The Hertz Foundation Biochar Group has worked for two years to build four generations of machines that create biochar to sequester carbon in the soil Each year 60 gigatons of agriculturally fixed carbon rots and turns back into carbon dioxide said Dr Brian Von Herzen Executive Director of the Climate Foundation Hertz Fellow 1980 and director of the Biochar Group By converting just ten percent of the fixed carbon into biochar we could actually capture and sequester most of man s atmospheric carbon dioxide emitted each year The Biochar Group s efforts will be directed by Dr Von Herzen and by Professor Reginald Mitchell at Stanford University the home university for this year s project To address the needs of the 2 6 billion people who don t have access to safe sanitation we not only must reinvent the toilet we also must find safe affordable and sustainable ways to capture treat and recycle human waste said Sylvia Mathews Burwell president of the Global Development Program at the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation Most importantly we must work closely with local communities to develop lasting sanitation

    Original URL path: http://www.climatefoundation.org/science-and-news-b/press-releases/biochar-announcement (2016-04-25)
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  • India, Biochar and Toilets - www
    bio mass which is heated at a high temperature in a low oxygen chamber creating a high quality charcoal When mixed with depleted soil Biochar improves the dirt by holding nutrients and water in the ground That means that plants need less water and less fertilizer It also means that when biochar is added to poor soil the plants and crops grow far bigger using less water and less fertilizer A key benefit is that when a plant is grown in Biochar the carbon stays in the ground for up to 1000 years Normally a plant absorbs carbon from the air but then releases the carbon when it dies according to Dr von Herzen Executive Director of The Climate Foundation This solution shows significant promise for lean nations where it could reduce the amount of human born pathogens reduce cost of growing food and improve the soil content Improvements in dealing with human waste can reduce diarrheal disease which is the leading cause of under 5 child deaths and a major factor in the development of a child s mind body and immune system according to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Impatient Optimist blog Reducing diarrheal disease also increases the absorption and therefore the effectiveness of life saving vaccines The biochar system can process up to 100 kg human waste hour and recaptures the heat condensation for energy efficient drying The target cost of the reactor in local production is below 100 000 It could process human waste for less than 5 cents based on the US dollar per person per day Biochar as a agricultural supplement can be sold for 550 per ton Hamish Fallside from The Climate Foundation helped lead the research and development of the reactor for Climate Foundation Fallside describes how the solution is able to produce its own energy After drying the human waste is fed into the carbonizer and heated in a low oxygen environment so it chars the waste instead of combusting it Fallside says Heat of condensation is recovered for use in the dryer and biochar is extracted for use as an agricultural substrate or as fuel Climate Foundation staff and its key partners have been gathering in India this week to assemble their solution Other organizations and companies partnering on the solution include Sanergy has developed an extensive sanitation infrastructure in Nairobi They are the launching customer for the technology and they ve worked with Climate Foundation to set up a lab analyzing human waste and producing biochar samples Sanergy will test the biochar reactor prototype in the second half of 2014 Cornell University Department of Crop Soil Sciences program researchers study biochar s usefulness as a soil amendment around the world The globally renowned program provides the project with an analytical foundation for the development of the sanitation fertilizer product Prasino Group knows how to develop operations sales and marketing of biochar Tide Technocrats India provides design and manufacturing expertise in Bangalore India Leveraging the Climate Foundation s guidance

    Original URL path: http://www.climatefoundation.org/science-and-news-b/press-releases/india-biochar-and-toilets (2016-04-25)
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  • In the news - Cape Cod Times - www
    of scientists from all over the world to solve the world s climate problems Steve Haines Cape Cod Times A two story house in the heart of Woods Hole may be the crucible for solving some of the world s looming climate quandaries The house on Little Harbor Road is owned by the Climate Foundation a nonprofit think and do tank that brings together scientists from multiple disciplines to brainstorm and devise ways to combat climate change Each summer about 20 scientists come to the house often while on sabbatical from their home institution to work with one another and access the wealth of scientific resources in the village This house is a community of scholars said Brian von Herzen the organization s founder and executive director We enable applied scientists and engineers to come to Woods Hole to learn enough about marine oceanography to help us in our effort to solve these problems and make it work But the house is not a place just for theory Von Herzen said the Climate Foundation works with its visiting scientists to create industries by developing practical solutions One such project involves an attempt to reverse the bleaching of coral reefs which occurs when warmer water increases biochemical activity and causes the photosynthetic organisms in coral to overproduce Cooling the water by just 1 degree can reverse the bleaching and the Climate Foundation is testing it in Hawaii by taking the outfall from Honolulu s seawater air conditioning system and running it through pipes back to square kilometers of coral reefs If we can put several of these infrastructures in place we can keep a few living sections of coral reef with enough population density and size to enable the corals to propagate he said The coral reef ecosystem is on the

    Original URL path: http://www.climatefoundation.org/science-and-news-b/in-the-news/in-the-news---cape-cod-times (2016-04-25)
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  • In the News - Falmouth Enterprise - www
    exchange of ideas This summer Climate House is hosting a mix of scientists visiting for different summer conferences and courses There is a large contingent from the geophysical fluid dynamics program at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution this year s theme is climate physics and dynamics as well as lecturers in the summer courses at the Marine Biological Laboratory It s been a mixture of climate and biology which is great because I think our climate solutions will be multidisciplinary Dr Von Herzen said In an e mail Dr Von Herzen wrote that Affordable accommodations are provided to accepted students researchers and faculty with a desire to contribute to the technical and creative process at the Climate House House manager Alexander G Stevens said a bunk bed costs 300 per week Weekly potlucks are organized to promote community and conversation On a clear breezy evening in July a dozen residents at Climate House sat down to a meal of lentils cheese and salad before walking down to the MBL s free Friday evening lecture One of them Jennifer Lippincott Schwartz a biologist with the National Institute of Health has been staying at Climate House most of the summer As Dr Lippincott Schwartz headed down Water Street toward the lecture she said staying at Climate House has been very enjoyable We ve got these dinners where the climate scientists and biologists are having fun And the conversations that emerge from it are really fascinating I ve learned about hurricanes and ocean currents She particularly enjoyed a midnight run in with a professor from the California Institute of Technology who studies the moons of Jupiter He pulled out his laptop and showed her pictures of the different environments found on the planet s moons It was beautiful the ones that are ice the ones that are dry she said It s crazy to just have the opportunity to have that conversation out of the blue at midnight Dr Lippincott Schwartz seated herself in Lillie Auditorium and waited for the evening s lecture to begin Dr Von Herzen was seated nearby Dr Lippincott Schwartz said of Dr Von Herzen He s incredibly bright He just absorbs information like a sponge It s so refreshing Dr Von Herzen listened closely to the lecture which was about deforestation and agriculture s effect on water quality in the central Amazon That morning Dr Von Herzen said he had heard a Cambridge professor describe new discoveries in the mechanics of intracellular transport at mid day he had attended a lecture on nitrogen cycling in the water column I think of Woods Hole in the summer as Ocean University Dr Von Herzen said Climate House gives students and scientists an affordable way to participate in that great community he said Dr Von Herzen splits his time between Woods Hole where he lives with his partner on the third floor of Climate House and their geothermal house in Carson Valley Nevada Climate House serves as the headquarters for the

    Original URL path: http://www.climatefoundation.org/science-and-news-b/in-the-news/in-the-news---falmouth-enterprise (2016-04-25)
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  • In the news - Cape Cod Times - www
    s climate problems Steve Haines Cape Cod Times A two story house in the heart of Woods Hole may be the crucible for solving some of the world s looming climate quandaries The house on Little Harbor Road is owned by the Climate Foundation a nonprofit think and do tank that brings together scientists from multiple disciplines to brainstorm and devise ways to combat climate change Each summer about 20 scientists come to the house often while on sabbatical from their home institution to work with one another and access the wealth of scientific resources in the village This house is a community of scholars said Brian von Herzen the organization s founder and executive director We enable applied scientists and engineers to come to Woods Hole to learn enough about marine oceanography to help us in our effort to solve these problems and make it work But the house is not a place just for theory Von Herzen said the Climate Foundation works with its visiting scientists to create industries by developing practical solutions One such project involves an attempt to reverse the bleaching of coral reefs which occurs when warmer water increases biochemical activity and causes the photosynthetic organisms in coral to overproduce Cooling the water by just 1 degree can reverse the bleaching and the Climate Foundation is testing it in Hawaii by taking the outfall from Honolulu s seawater air conditioning system and running it through pipes back to square kilometers of coral reefs If we can put several of these infrastructures in place we can keep a few living sections of coral reef with enough population density and size to enable the corals to propagate he said The coral reef ecosystem is on the brink of demise We have to keep it alive while we

    Original URL path: http://www.climatefoundation.org/science-and-news-b/in-the-news/in-the-news---cape-cod-times-1 (2016-04-25)
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  • Climate Foundation presents at Climate March - www
    protocols be a hero help save the world science news announcements press releases videos in the news get in touch science news announcements Climate Foundation presents at Climate March posted Sep 29 2014 2 36 AM by Laura Talsma updated Sep 29 2014 2 41 AM Climate Foundation participated in the largest climate march in history with a third of a million participants in New York City We took it

    Original URL path: http://www.climatefoundation.org/science-and-news-b/announcements/climatefoundationpresentsatclimatemarch (2016-04-25)
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  • Support Ryan's Climate ride! - www
    did not see me advocating for climate change As I grow older and begin to change the way I look at politics and environmental issues I feel it is important for me to show that even though I m not the poster child for advocating the need for climate awareness I d like to think I m trying I feel that the need for people in all walks of life to be aware of the climate issues we face is the most important way to start change In my profession I find there are two types of people when it comes to the Climate Change topic Those who have an idea that the earth is changing because of human existence and as an added bonus enjoy the outdoors and those who frankly don t care as long as they can keep racing and driving petrol vehicles The latter is the wrong way to handle the motorsports addiction Being an automotive enthusiast shouldn t limit a person s agenda to just motoring I am human I love the outdoors biking hiking swimming photographing wildlife Seeing ecosystems change abruptly because I am human is an extremely scary and disappointing realization After all I m knowledgeable of the fact that the number 15 is bigger than 5 owls do exit and there are hats see the John Oliver video linked below https www youtube com watch v UkBvsCMxrNU I will continue to drive my car a 5 speed Subaru Impreza However I will do it with the knowledge that automotive propulsion is and needs to continue to change for the better A gas engine is a remarkable piece of engineering and I love the sound they make But in reality I don t need to drive petrol engines everyday I travel a lot

    Original URL path: http://www.climatefoundation.org/science-and-news-b/announcements/supportryansclimateride (2016-04-25)
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  • Ready, Set, Conserve - Climate Foundation Executive Director to pedal 400 kilometers on Climate Ride California 2014 - www
    people to take action in their day to day lives Climate Ride is about awareness and exchanging ideas resolving serious issues that will affect our future and doing something I believe in And it s going to be a really beautiful ride Brian is joining two hundred other riders who each raised at least 2800 to benefit one of more than 60 organizations including Rails to Trails Conservancy NRDC 350 org Green America Environmental Defense Fund 1 For the Planet San Francisco Bicycle Coalition East Bay Bicycle Coalition Alliance For Climate Education and more Brian Von Herzen obtained his A B in Physics Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University and his Ph D in Computer and Planetary Science from Caltech where he was the recipient of the prestigious Hertz Fellowship http www hertzfoundation org While at Princeton Brian spent four years working closely with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute At Princeton his dissertation on global climate models demonstrated how changes in the Earth s orbit affects climate The foundation strives to achieve carbon balance in land sea and air moderate and reverse the effects of climate change in critical ecosystems use biochar for sanitation fertilization and carbon sequestration in developing nations and facilitate adoption of renewable energy Climate Ride is the first multi day bicycle ride to raise money for and awareness of sustainability renewable energy climate change and bicycle advocacy Participants will cycle approximately 60 miles a day and along the way they will hear from an impressive list of guest speakers who are leaders in sustainability and green innovation Topics will include climate science sustainable living bicycle advocacy and environmental activism Registration for Climate Ride California and Climate Ride NYC DC 2014 is now open at www climateride org Registration includes a personal fundraising web page training support and

    Original URL path: http://www.climatefoundation.org/science-and-news-b/announcements/readysetconserve-climatefoundationexecutivedirectortopedal400kilometersonclimateridecalifornia2014 (2016-04-25)
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