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UP Tacloban students in Diliman

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OBLATION on the flagship campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. INQUIRER PHOTO

Just when he thought his diploma was within reach, University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban (UP Tacloban) student Jed Morantte, a fourth-year social science major, went back to school feeling like “a college freshman again.”

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Biochar making

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Biochar, or charcoal from biomass, is a substance made from the incomplete combustion of biomass materials. It is produced when agricultural wastes, like rice hulls, wood chips, grass or leafy greens, and dried trunks or twigs, undergo a special cooking process that traps carbon dioxide (CO2).

Biochar is not for energy use but for soil regeneration and carbon sequestration. Biochar, when added to the soil, stays for thousands of years.

Farmers can use biochar as an alternative to chemical fertilizers. But biochar is not limited to farmers and the agriculture sector. Anyone can create biochar from scratch. Below is one easy method of making your own biochar at home.

With many Filipinos still dependent on agriculture, the government faces the challenge of reviving the sector that has posted sluggish growth over the past several years.   Agriculture is also suffering from a degraded environment partly caused by chemical use in farming.   At the first National Conference on Philippine Biochar on April 17, agriculture [...]

Posted: June 15th, 2013 in Infographics,Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

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