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Earth Sense: Coffee trends continuing to shatter market stereotypes

Pop quiz: Most popular beverage in Germany? If you guessed "beer", you got it wrong. Germans drink more coffee than beer.

September 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Setting challenges Mexico City’s quality of life, safety

The capital of Mexico is a place of contrasts.

August 30, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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


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


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Earth Sense: No mystique or magic accompanies equinox

The fall equinox is occurring Monday at 10:29 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

September 21, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Stone Mountain a pluton, not an old, extinct volcano

Just 15 miles northeast of Atlanta, a round granite formation stands 800 feet tall. Stone Mountain generates a lot of questions, but also misconceptions.

September 13, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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