Assistant professor positions in soil biogeochemistry and soil health that would touch on biochar-related areas have opened up at the University of Missouri. For more information search: http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/
Raymond Baltar of the Sonoma Biochar Initiative passed on this thorough look at global water security. It has nice illustrations and good references. The maps show our troubles here in the western USA, but perhaps the larger point is that so much of the bigger global problems are centered in a few countries that are already having problems with water and population.
Article talks about incorporating ground up orchard trees into the soil. Pity they did not pyrolyze it first: