Cooler Smarter

Library Talk – April 29th at 6PM

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How can each of us live cooler and smarter? While the routine decisions that shape our days—what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work—may seem small, collectively they have a big effect on global warming. But which changes in our lifestyles might make the biggest difference to the climate?Join us for a discussion with John Rogers, a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists and co-author of the science-based guide Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living.  Based on an in-depth, two-year study by the experts at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Cooler Smarter shows you the most effective ways to cut your own global warming emissions by 20 percent or more, and explains why your individual contribution is so vital to addressing this global problem.  The advice in Cooler Smarter can help save you money and live healthier. But its central purpose is to empower you, through low carbon-living, to confront one of society’s greatest threats.
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Speaker: John Rogers

John Rogers is a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and coauthor of Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living (Island Press).  John joined the staff of UCS in 2006, has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector, and serves on the boards of directors and advisory boards of several non-profits focused on energy and education.   He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Annual Snowshoe Event ~ This Saturday


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Outdoor Fun in Winter

Brrr! It’s cold outside and with temperatures in the single digits I think I will just stay in and dream of a warmer day for outdoor play.  There is so much fun to be had, outdoors in winter… downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing, and ice skating to name a few.

dt.common.streams.StreamServer.clsAfter this weeks cold snap it looks like the ice on the lake is good and ready for skating. But, I say this with a note of caution, there are several things to look for before ever going out on a frozen body of water. In the town of Derry the fire department will check ice thickness on Beaver Lake a couple of times during the winter, so you might call the fire department to ask about current conditions. I also recommend reading “Safety On The Ice” put out by NH Fish & Game.

A Couple of Tips

1. Ice should be bluish-black in color
2. Ice should be 4 to 6 inches thick to carry the weight of a person and over 10 inches thick to support an ATV or snow machine.
3. Never go out on ice alone and stay clear of open water, bridges, culverts, submerged trees etc.

Get Outside, Have Fun, Be Safe!