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Earth Sense: We all play part in keeping air clean

The city haze I experienced during a six-week working stay in China, along with a scratchy feeling in my lungs in the morning, were a good learning experience.

June 04, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Weather highly ‘changeable’ in Chinese city

"Weather in this town is very changeable." These words from a Chinese student were meant as a consolation as we were slogging through chilly wind that was driving rain into our faces last week.

May 29, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Responses to sunlight vary by country

Some cultural differences are subtle. Others are highly visible; for example, the way in which people treat sunshine.

May 22, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Himalayas impact weather across Asia

No mountain system in the world has a greater influence on weather than the plateau of Tibet and its fringe, the Himalayas. Even the tallest chains in the U.S., the Rocky Mountains, Brooks Range, Cascades and Sierra Nevada, can't rival the control that the Tibetan plateau exercises over climatic conditions in Pakistan, India, China and the many smaller countries of southeastern Asia.

May 15, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: China a country of crowds, distances, fertile silt

In spite of the many differences between Western and Asian culture, my current residence in Anhui, China, reminds me of Germany.

May 07, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Chinese megacity Hefei keeps on growing

Megacities are the trend of the 21st century. This means metropolitan areas that are home to more than a million inhabitants. Atlanta qualifies for the label. But to see cities of truly enormous proportions, one needs to go to Asia.

May 01, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: China can handle challenges of development

Everyone has heard of Beijing, China. With more than 11 million residents, the city stands out even among the other world capitals.

April 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Pacific Rim a high risk zone for quakes, volcanos, storms

The double-hit earthquake that struck the city of Kumamoto in Japan last week was some 1,000 miles away from the infamous 2011 Miyagi earthquake. But all of the Japanese islands straddle the huge boundary that separates the Eurasian Plate from the Pacific one.

April 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Indian city, New Orleans in danger of floods

Concerns about climatic change, and the sea level rise that comes with it, wouldn't be so urgent if there weren't so many of the world's major cities on coastlines.

April 09, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: New appliances can conserve a sea of water

Even if we don't get a replay of the serious droughts that North Georgia experienced this century, it makes sense to conserve water.

April 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Drink tap water and skip the bottles

Traveling to foreign countries can be an education about the value of fresh, potable water.

March 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Rain forest being depleted in Brazil

It's impossible not to learn some Spanish in Gainesville, even from just glancing at billboards.

March 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Somalia hampered by civil war, severe drought

Somalia is in the news again, this time in connection with a U.S. strike on rebel forces. Largely unnoticed, though, is the plight of the civilian population. Hunger and starvation have been a constant occurrence there for decades.

March 12, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Caves, adventures await in Mexican state of Yucatán

Mexico seems a long way from Georgia, but its state of Yucatán isn't. A little over two hours of flight will take you from Atlanta to Cancun International Airport.

March 05, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Turbulence shakes you up but nothing to fear

The 2000 movie "Cast Away" has a spectacular scene where the freight aircraft gets into massive turbulence over the Pacific Ocean. Scary bouncing is followed by a crash into the ocean, which leaves the main character (Tom Hanks) stranded on an uninhabited island.

February 28, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Rudi Kiefer


Kiefer: 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 ...

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 ...

September 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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