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Environmental challenges include global warming, land degradation, ocean degradation, fresh water depletion and the loss of biodiversity. The Rockhouse Mountain Institute is engaged on three fronts to address these environmental challenges. Rockhouse Mountain Energy, LLC is the developer of over 500 MW of CO2-free electric generation by means of wave energy devices. These projects are located in Ireland to substitute for coal generation and it is estimated, when operational, will replace over 500,000 metric tonnes of CO2/year going into the atmosphere. The wave farms themselves will provide breeding grounds for all sorts of marine habitat helping to reduce ocean degradation and improve biodiversity. Rockhouse Mountain CAES , Inc. is the developer of Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) devices. These devices are necessary for all the CO2-free forms of electricity generation: solar, wind, wave and hydro, as all these forms are intermittent and need storage to respond the demand requirements of the new Smart Grid. By making these forms of generation more efficient, hundreds of thousands metric tones/year of CO2 will be saved from the atmosphere. Rockhouse Mountain Agriculture is engaged in converting livestock farms and ranches to plant food producing acreage. By removing livestock from them, it reduces the substantial CO2, CH4 and NO2 they emit, eliminates the pollution of water resources they cause and reduces the land degradation they contribute to. The use of no-till in the production of plant food reduces erosion and retains moisture, organic techniques build soil and the larger plants grown for this food absorb more CO2 from the atmosphere. Human food production from plants makes this acreage far more productive. As more and more people turn away from meat and dairy, the deforestation for the sake of creating livestock farms and ranches all over the globe can be reduced and the forests can be saved for absorption of CO2.

The Post Industrial Culture

by Robert Jawitz

In our companion article, Where Do We Go From Here, we traced the source of climate change to the Industrial Revolution. The burning of coal and then oil fueled the myriad of new machines from locomotives to the coal fired electricity to run our offices and factories, to the automobiles to get there and to the trucks to transport the goods to and fro. But it also fueled the CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere.

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