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How chocolate could counter climate change

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Source: TH

 Context: A German factory in Hamburg has developed a process to convert cocoa bean shells into biochar, a black powder that has the potential to counter climate change.

The shells are heated in an oxygen-free environment, which locks in greenhouse gases and produces biochar that can be used as a fertilizer or as an ingredient in “green” concrete. Biochar has the ability to capture a significant amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.

Usage: Indian government has also been emphasizing ‘biochar’. The example can be used in Agriculture/Environment Questions.