Even the most energy-conscious homeowners may want some security lighting in the front and backyard. There's no need to turn the place into a football field. But the walkway to the house is safer when one can see it at night and avoid tripping over the kid's tricycle.
Even though air travel is as normal in the U.S. as taking a cab, many people suffer from fear of flying. However, the chances of being hurt on a scheduled airline trip are less than by taking a car, bus, train or taxi.
The "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is an accumulation of debris, mostly plastic, that rotates slowly in the Pacific Ocean north of the equator. But it's not the only one in the world. There's a similar concentration of waste in the Atlantic, on our side of the continent.
Episodes of thick fog, like the one of last weekend, are almost always caused by air of different temperature and moisture content trying to mix. Last weekend's whiteout was caused by a thick stream of warm, humid air entering southern Georgia from the Gulf Coast of Florida.
We all watch the weather in one way or another. It takes some training, however, to be able to interpret different cloud shapes, or make an educated guess by looking at a satellite image, or understand what online radar images tell us.
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 too much of a stretch. But we can do something to help North Georgia stay clean and beautiful without much effort.
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.
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.
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.