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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


Earth Sense: Houses on barrier islands 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


Earth Sense: Deer one of main reasons for traffic injuries and fatalities

It's a beautiful fall day. Around 6 p.m., I'm riding the motorcycle down a quiet country road at a leisurely 35 mph. Out of the woods comes a full-grown buck with large antlers at full gallop.

September 24, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Keep mindful of fires, keep extinguisher close

Single homes in Hall County often come with a built-in garage and a "bonus room" on top of it. If you're thinking about making it the children's bedroom, trouble may lurk.

September 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Fresh filters boost gas mileage, keep air cleaner

If you've ever been stuck on a hilly North Georgia road behind a car blowing clouds of dark smoke, you may have wondered what's wrong. In essence, the driver was using more costly gasoline than free air.

September 11, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Steam still plays vital energy role

Steam engines are something you're used to seeing in museums like the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village in Tifton. Steam used to power cotton gins, tractors and trains.

September 04, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Steam still plays vital energy role

Steam engines are something you're used to seeing in museums like the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village in Tifton. Steam used to power cotton gins, tractors and trains.

September 04, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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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 ...

November 27, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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