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Asmeret’s TEDtalk is now available online.

There’s two times more carbon in the earth’s soil than in all of its vegetation and the atmosphere — combined. Soil Biogeochemist Asmeret Asefaw Berhe shared how we could use its awesome carbon-trapping power to offset climate change. “[Soil] represents the difference between life and lifelessness in the earth system, and it can also help us combat climate change — if we can only stop treating it like dirt,” she says.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

Asmeret @ TEDtalk: Soil can be an important part of the solution to address climate change, if only we can just stop treating it like dirt!


It was an incredible honor to get invited to talk about soils and climate change at TED2019 conference in Vancouver.


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You can read about my talk from:

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As if speaking about soil and climate change at this stage was not exciting enough, I also got to meet Al Gore, who of course was very well knowledgeable about the role of soils and importance of regenerative agriculture for climate change mitigation,  and was kind enough to express that he was happy to see I was there to talk  about soils and climate change.


I felt like my job was done, when my talk got a  shout out during the wrap up of the conference from Freestyle Love Supreme–the improv brainchild of Anthony Veneziale and Lin-Manuel Miranda–in their improve performance by Anthony Veneziale, Christopher Jackson (Hamilton’s George Washington himself!), Chris Sullivan, Arthur Lewis, and Utkarsh Ambudkar. IMG_1900.jpeg

So long Vancouver, this was fun!



Our biochar work featured in UC Merced Megazine

Our recent projects on using nutrient enriched biochar to reduce losses of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous from agricultural soils was featured in the latest issue of the UC Merced Megazine. The article highlights different agriculture related research projects that are currently being conducted at UC Merced.
See the full article in pages 22-24 in the May 1, 2015 issue of the UC Merced Megazine