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Earth Sense: Bees’ sting is worth sweet reward

When bees are mentioned, painful bee stings may come to mind. But the culprits in most cases are wasps, especially the ground-dwelling yellow jackets.

August 13, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Windows have better energy efficiency now

A look around local building supply stores shows that window glass has changed considerably since the last century.

August 06, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Level land areas are vulnerable to floods

Floodwaters in southeastern China are receding, but the trouble has moved farther north. Now the disasters have hit Henan and Hebei provinces, including Beijing, the country's capital.

July 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Protect children, pets from hot car dangers

Installing an aftermarket digital thermometer in my old Chevy van provided a lot of insight recently. This $15 instrument displays inside and outside temperature, as well as the system voltage of the vehicle.

July 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Overland floods dangerous in Chinese region

Parts of Anhui Province in China resemble South Georgia. Two-hundred and fifty miles west of Shanghai, the Yangtze River cuts through a flat landscape of fields, orchards and small communities.

July 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Reduction of coal ash a vital step by Ga. Power

Dec. 22, 2008, was filled with anticipation of Christmas in Roane County, Tenn., 85 miles northeast of Chattanooga.

July 10, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: West Va.’s geography made it vulnerable to floods

Last week, West Virginia got a sad replay of earlier events in southern Germany when the governor declared a state of emergency in 44 counties. Floodwaters swept through the state, taking more than two dozen lives.

July 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Take care of car now, then go electric

Modern electric cars have changed from fairly unattractive designs to very nice automobiles.

June 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Now’s the time to check your air conditioner

Summer starts officially Monday afternoon. As always, we'll have hot days ahead, but it won't be like the heat wave that southeastern Asia experienced during the past two months.

June 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Geology of an area can lead to flooding

With the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay threatened by flooding this month, Paris deserves prominent news headlines.

June 11, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: We all play part in keeping air clean

The city haze I experienced during a six-week working stay in China, along with a scratchy feeling in my lungs in the morning, were a good learning experience.

June 04, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Weather highly ‘changeable’ in Chinese city

"Weather in this town is very changeable." These words from a Chinese student were meant as a consolation as we were slogging through chilly wind that was driving rain into our faces last week.

May 29, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Responses to sunlight vary by country

Some cultural differences are subtle. Others are highly visible; for example, the way in which people treat sunshine.

May 22, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Himalayas impact weather across Asia

No mountain system in the world has a greater influence on weather than the plateau of Tibet and its fringe, the Himalayas. Even the tallest chains in the U.S., the Rocky Mountains, Brooks Range, Cascades and Sierra Nevada, can't rival the control that the Tibetan plateau exercises over climatic conditions in Pakistan, India, China and the many smaller countries of southeastern Asia.

May 15, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: China a country of crowds, distances, fertile silt

In spite of the many differences between Western and Asian culture, my current residence in Anhui, China, reminds me of Germany.

May 07, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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Earth Sense: Taking care of tires keeps you safe on road

It's 3 p.m., traffic on Interstate 985 is heavy, and some poor soul in the emergency lane is trying to install the spare ...

August 28, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: ‘Stayin’ alive’ in a storm means avoid lightning

"When thunder roars, go indoors" is a good rule for protection from lightning. But there isn't always an audible warning.

August 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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