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Earth Sense: Colors result from surfaces reflecting available light

Colors change with the light. This was an issue recently when a friend was having a vintage Porsche repainted, and the shade of ivory just didn't look right.

August 10, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


A high heat index can end up becoming a killer

There's a killer that probably takes more lives than warfare. In 2003, an estimated 50,000 people died during a devastating heat wave that affected most of Europe. Even in the U.S., where air conditioning is available on a much larger scale, the hot summer of 1980 resulted in 1,250 casualties, according to the National Weather Service (nws.noaa.gov).

August 03, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Local


Earth Sense: Trough caused front to stall, dumping rain on area last week

The week ending July 20 brought unusual, but not unheard of, weather to Hall County.

July 27, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unusual weather events have occurred frequently on July 20

Hopefully, you're enjoying a quiet July 20 while sitting down with The Times. In history, today's date hasn't always been uneventful.

July 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Enduring hurricanes can be boring for folks

The city of Wilmington, N.C., a frequent hurricane target, had a close brush with Arthur on the Fourth of July weekend.

July 13, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Special breakers can protect your home from lightning

Many things can cause a house fire.

June 28, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Two wheels are more economical than four

You've just spent $60 on a tankful of gas. The woman at the pump next to you filled up her scooter for $8.

June 21, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Solstice marks longest day, shortest night of year

Summer starts a few days from now.

June 14, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: City garden will be a teaching tool for healthier lifestyles

Look around in the small towns of North Georgia and you'll find that home food production is as popular as ever. Neatly maintained gardens in Lula, Alto and beyond are producing zucchini, squash, cucumbers, corn, and other local produce.

May 31, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Thunderstorms are a threat and shouldn’t be neglected

We are good at making preparations when severe weather is forecast.

May 25, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Professor finds difficulties of growing coffee beans in Georgia

If there is one characteristic that college professors have in common, it's curiosity.

May 17, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Be aware of your flood risk

Scenes that we've only seen in major hurricanes played out early in Florida and Alabama on April 29-30. The Florida panhandle received 2 feet of rain, causing floods in Pensacola and surroundings. The dramatic footage from the Gulf Coast, and the death of a driver whose car got submerged, speak for themselves.

May 11, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Scientists now agree on climate change

"Imagine you were about to walk into this building, and 97 percent of structural engineers said 'Don't go in, it's about to fall down!' Would you go in?" asked J. Marshall Sheperd during a recent panel discussion about climatic change held at Brenau's Downtown Center.

May 04, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Secrets to a long, happy life

Throughout history, people have sought ways to extend the lifespan. Thanks to medical advances, those currently 30 and younger have a good chance to reach their 100th birthday.

April 26, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Check house foundation to prevent dangerous slides

The March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash., raises the question whether something like this could happen here. It's not likely, because we don't have the deep soil that led to the Western disaster.

April 19, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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Earth Sense: When unexpected heavy rains occur, move to higher ground

Superstorm Sandy, which covered the East Coast with floodwaters from Florida to Maine in 2012, is still a household name. But memories of Sandy were overshadowed by the torrential rains that hit Baltimore, Long Island and Connecticut on Aug. 12.

August 24, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Extension cords can lead to shocks, wiring-induced fires

The word "fire" strikes fear in homeowners. Rightfully so: Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 7, 1,513 people in the U.S. died in house fires, including 57 Georgia residents (www.usfa.fema.gov).

August 17, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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