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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


High pressure keeping away needed rain in North Georgia

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

October 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Evacuations a privilege not viable in impoverished Haiti

The passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, Cuba and Florida came with lessons to learn. In some cases, it's tempting to comment "See, I told you so."

October 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Evacuations a privilege not viable in Haiti

The passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, Cuba and Florida came with lessons to learn. In some cases, it's tempting to comment "See, I told you so."

October 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Great views from up high require caution

Fall is a great season for getting an elevated view of Georgia. The sky is at its deepest blue, and from the mountaintops one can see into far corners of our state.

October 09, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Houses on barrier islands are not safe from storms

Sunrise at the beach is mesmerizing. The Atlantic Ocean reflects in hues of green, blue and purple. A salty breeze refreshes the air.

October 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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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 ...

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 ...

January 07, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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