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Earth Sense: Prepare for overseas power outlets during foreign travels

Travel season is coming closer. In the planning for international trips, it's important to consider electrical connections. Details that matter most are wall outlet configuration and voltage.

February 05, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Visibility becomes a challenge when driving in night fog

Episodes of thick fog, like the one of last weekend, are almost always caused by air of different temperature and moisture content trying to mix. Last weekend's whiteout was caused by a thick stream of warm, humid air entering southern Georgia from the Gulf Coast of Florida.

January 28, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Weather spotters are essential in determining forecasts

We all watch the weather in one way or another. It takes some training, however, to be able to interpret different cloud shapes, or make an educated guess by looking at a satellite image, or understand what online radar images tell us.

January 21, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Black ice a major danger in winter storms

"They said we'd get 5 to 6 inches of snow. Now look at this." The cashier at the Oakwood fast food restaurant was disappointed with the small amount we got in Hall County last weekend.

January 15, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Resolve to contribute to cleaner energy

New Year's resolutions are fun, and some are even followed through. Big items, like losing 30 pounds or getting a huge promotion, may be too much of a stretch. But we can do something to help North Georgia stay clean and beautiful without much effort.

January 07, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Memories and fallout of Chernobyl remain strong

A big event happening in Ukraine got relatively little media coverage. The devastated Chernobyl reactor, site of the worst nuclear disaster in Soviet Union times, has been covered with a protective shield.

December 31, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Kiefer: Pet therapy can lift spirits during the holidays

Christmastime can come with feelings of anxiety and stress. Add to that the cold, rainy conditions that we get fairly often, and the short daylight duration.

December 24, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: China takes steps to reduce pollution

No doubt, eastern China has a problem with air pollution. Last month's smog episode was noticeable well south of the main industrial regions of Hebei Province and the capital, Beijing.

December 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Kiefer: Dams provide large amounts of power

Any movie collector can recall the incredible "dam jump" scene in "The Fugitive." Dr. Richard Kimble is pursued by a federal marshal. Trapped on the dam's high side, he jumps, rides a column of water down the spillway, splashes into the river and escapes.

December 10, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Keifer: Be grateful we enjoy clean water

Among all the things we were thankful for at Thanksgiving, did you include clean water?

December 03, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: EarthShare supports environmental groups

North Georgia has faced big environmental challenges this fall. Even long-term residents of our state have trouble remembering a time when we went for an entire month without rain. The resulting water shortage and worse, the wildfires in the Blue Ridge, put severe stress on the vegetation.

November 27, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Wildfires spoil romance of camping in woods

The lingering drought in North Georgia isn't just impacting our water supply. It also spoils some of the romance involved in camping. Specifically, we can't sit at a campfire in the evening, enjoying its light and warmth after a day hike.

November 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Hurricane Matthew leaves Haiti in need of help

Haiti may sound like a faraway, exotic location. But the distance between Atlanta and the capital, Port-au-Prince, is just 1,300 miles. That's the same as going from Atlanta to El Paso, Texas.

November 06, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Consider erosion protection measures

Considering the ultra-dry fall we've been experiencing, the threat of soil erosion probably isn't on everyone's mind.

October 29, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: High pressure keeping away needed rain

Almost always, tourists will consider the big "H" letters on weather maps a friend. It stands for "High."

October 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

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Articles By Author - Rudi Kiefer

Earth Sense: The dangers of flying in planes are extremely low

Even though air travel is as normal in the U.S. as taking a cab, many people suffer from fear of flying. However, the chances ...

February 19, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Taking small steps can make a difference for our environment

The "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is an accumulation of debris, mostly plastic, that rotates slowly in the Pacific Ocean north of the equator. But it ...

February 12, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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