Pedology (from Greek: πέδον, pedon, “soil”; and λόγος, logos, “study”) is the study of soils in their natural environment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedology_(soil_study)

The Secret of El Dorado (The discovery of Biochar)

In 1542, the Spanish Conquistador, Francisco de Orellana ventured along the Rio Negro, one of the Amazon Basin’s great rivers. Hunting a hidden city of gold, his expedition found a network of farms, villages and even huge walled cities. At least that is what he told an eager audience on his return to Spain. http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/2002/eldorado.shtml…

Melting permafrost releases greenhouse gases

A UN report has warned that carbon dioxide and methane released from melting permafrost could push the climate past a tipping point and dangerously accelerate global warming. Broadcast: 28/11/2012, Reporter: Tony Jones http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/conten… Thawing permafrost may amplify global warming, U.N. reports http://www.latimes.com/news/science/s… Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost http://www.unep.org/pdf/permafrost.pdf