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Earth Sense: Indian city, New Orleans in danger of floods

Concerns about climatic change, and the sea level rise that comes with it, wouldn't be so urgent if there weren't so many of the world's major cities on coastlines.

April 09, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: New appliances can conserve a sea of water

Even if we don't get a replay of the serious droughts that North Georgia experienced this century, it makes sense to conserve water.

April 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Drink tap water and skip the bottles

Traveling to foreign countries can be an education about the value of fresh, potable water.

March 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Rain forest being depleted in Brazil

It's impossible not to learn some Spanish in Gainesville, even from just glancing at billboards.

March 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Somalia hampered by civil war, severe drought

Somalia is in the news again, this time in connection with a U.S. strike on rebel forces. Largely unnoticed, though, is the plight of the civilian population. Hunger and starvation have been a constant occurrence there for decades.

March 12, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Caves, adventures await in Mexican state of Yucatán

Mexico seems a long way from Georgia, but its state of Yucatán isn't. A little over two hours of flight will take you from Atlanta to Cancun International Airport.

March 05, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Turbulence shakes you up but nothing to fear

The 2000 movie "Cast Away" has a spectacular scene where the freight aircraft gets into massive turbulence over the Pacific Ocean. Scary bouncing is followed by a crash into the ocean, which leaves the main character (Tom Hanks) stranded on an uninhabited island.

February 28, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Ice plays vital role in Arctic waters

Dancing on ice is an art we admire at skating events. Much less common is dancing on Arctic ice - that is, the frozen layer covering the Arctic Sea and the North Pole.

February 21, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Take care to protect the pollinators

Soon we can look forward to a fresh crop of North Georgia grown peaches, apples, and local honey. To produce these goods, nature provides a tremendous amount of help in the form of pollinators. Those are mostly insects like bees, butterflies and beetles, but some mammals like bats are also involved.

February 14, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Wind produces wildly high tides in Chile

Even though the name sounds like chilly weather, the west coast of Chile was anything but cold last week. While the U.S. Southeast was bracing for severe conditions from winter storm Kayla, the South American country was experiencing spectacular events.

February 07, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Home weather station options are available

Inexpensive indoor weather stations showing temperature, air pressure and humidity are nice. But I like to know exactly what's going on right outside, too. My ancient atomic clock displays outside temperature, but its electronics are getting shaky.

January 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unexpected Hurricane Alex makes quick appearance, exit

Even experienced meteorologists were surprised when Hurricane Alex formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 14. Unusually warm waters helped produce the storm.

January 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: El Niño doesn’t affect Peru shortages much

El Niño is here. Named a long time ago by Peruvian fishermen, the phenomenon represents unusually warm waters in the Pacific Ocean.

January 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Siberia a bracing destination in winter

Many people like a quick winter break in Florida's warm weather. Others want something more bracing. The hardiest people take a winter tour through Siberia.

January 10, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Prepare for cold during warm stretch

If you were dreaming of a warm Christmas this season instead of a white one, you got your wish. The week surrounding Dec. 25 was one of the warmest on record in North Georgia.

January 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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Earth Sense: China can handle challenges of development

Everyone has heard of Beijing, China. With more than 11 million residents, the city stands out even among the other world capitals.

April 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Pacific Rim a high risk zone for quakes, volcanos, storms

The double-hit earthquake that struck the city of Kumamoto in Japan last week was some 1,000 miles away from the infamous 2011 Miyagi earthquake ...

April 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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