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Climate Change–What Can WE do?

Following a wonderful presentation by Dr. Cameron Wake, UNH Climatologist and Glaciologist, at the Beaver Brook Annual Meeting, many people came forward with the question  “What can I do?

This page is a place for us to share ideas and information.

Summary of the Climate Impacts in the Northeast:

  • The Northeast is experiencing warming temperatures and a large increase in the amount of rainfall measured during heavy precipitation events.
  • More frequent heat waves in the Northeast are expected to increasingly threaten human health through more heat stress and air pollution.
  • Sea level rise and more frequent heavy rains are expected to increase flooding and storm surge, threatening infrastructure.
  • As temperatures rise, agriculture will likely face reduced yields, potentially damaging livelihoods and the regional economy.
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    Mitigation

    The amount of future climate change will largely be determined by choices society makes about emissions. Lower emissions of heat trapping gases mean less future warming and less severe impacts. Emissions can be reduced through improved energy efficiency and switching to low-carbon or non-carbon energy sources.

    Explore and share mitigation – ways of reducing future climate change.

    Reduce your Carbon Footprint

    This site provides more than 25 easy steps you can take at Home, School, the Office, and On the Road to protect the climate, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, and save money. Take action today! Small steps add up, if we all do our part.

    Photo of an LED lightbulb

    Small changes at home and in the yard can reduce GHG emissions and save money.

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    Easy steps at the office can reduce GHG emissions and help make the air cleaner.

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    Take your action on the road to reduce car pollution, gas costs, and the nation’s oil dependence.

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    Taking education and action  at school  helps reduce GHG emissions.
    Want to keep going and perhaps offset your air travel, wedding or other consumptive activities?
    Additional Resources
    Photo linking to https://www.epa.gov/energyPhoto linking to State and local government resources
    Photo linking to the Household Carbon Footprint CalculatorPhoto linking to https://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html

    Getting Greener at Beaver Brook

     We are pleased to share that Beaver Brook is now using 100% clean electricity! Last year, Tolemac Solar invited us to join their group-net-metering project, and they started producing electricity in January. Their photovoltaic (PV) solar field is offsetting the electricity usage of Beaver Brook plus 19 New Hampshire households. Whenever the sun is shining, the panels are making clean energy, and they will produce about 280 MWH over the course of a year.

    Tolemac Solar is owned by our neighbors Kathy and Frank Grossman, who have installed PV panels on one acre of their 7 acres of land They were motivated by their desire to have clean energy and to work against climate change. They hired Solar Source, a Keene company, to install 507 panels made by TenK.

     Putting solar panels on your roof or in your yard, joining with others to do a group-net-metering system, and making your home more energy efficient are all great ways to lower your carbon footprint, fight global climate change, and have a cleaner environment.

     We have already put solar panels on our yurt, and joining with Tolemac Solar to do group-net-metering has helped us greatly reduce our carbon footprint.

     

     

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  1. Celeste Barr #

    We just replaced our Hot Water Heater and Tank with a tank-less Hot Water System to save energy. We also are replacing conventional and CF lightbulbs with LED lightbulbs to save energy.
    We are trying to heat our home with wood as much as possible.
    We trade cars so the person driving the most miles each day can use the Prius (55mpg)

    January 22, 2017

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