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Earth Sense: College network focuses on sustainability

There are a lot of differences between Georgia's colleges and universities. Some are privately funded, some with tax dollars. Some have historic campuses, like the University of Georgia, which incorporated in 1785. Others were founded in the 20th century, like Georgia State.

March 15, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Prepare for all-electric cars in near future

The "futurology" movement of the 1960s, which promised progress and prosperity, based almost entirely on technology, has long ebbed away. Science fiction literature and movies range from the realistic to the ridiculous.

March 08, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Jet stream in flux means more changeable weather

While much of the northern and eastern U.S. shivered in frigid weather, parts of England experienced severe storms. Recent research suggests that these record-setting events were due to warming of the Arctic.

March 02, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Quakes are rare, mild here, but not out West

An earthquake in South Dakota two weeks ago. Another in South Carolina last week. It would be tempting to come up with scary headlines now.

February 23, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Quakes a rare threat in our part of the world

The earthquake occurring 17 miles outside of Chamberlain, S.D.. on Feb. 7 didn't receive major news coverage. At 2.9 on the magnitude scale, it wasn't anywhere near the level of quakes that have destroyed entire cities in the past.

February 16, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: More rail transit would ease Atlanta’s gridlock

The winter storm that dropped 2.6 inches on the Atlanta area Jan. 28 will remain in many commuters' memories for years. Stories of children stranded in school buses and people taking up to 25 hours to get home made the national news, among the gridlock that paralyzed the roadways.

February 09, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Remember to check to avoid overloading electrical outlets

During these cold weeks, a hot fire is nice. But it needs to be in a fireplace. Destructive house fires are common right now, and the reason often reported is "faulty wiring."

February 01, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Recycling paper, cans saves green, too

If you had a festive Christmas dinner a few weeks ago, you probably didn't toss the leftovers. They made for another nice meal later. It doesn't make sense to spend money when lots of resources are already on hand. Recycling serves the same purpose.

January 26, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Polar vortex is nothing new

During the frigid spell of early January, news media were filled with articles about the "polar vortex." Some sounded like this is some new, dangerous phenomenon, apparently just discovered, and it's coming to get all of us.

January 18, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Clean, silent electric cars are the future

Soon it will seem like a bad dream that cars used to contaminate the air with harmful emissions, making people sick and causing developmental problems in children.

January 11, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: A few simple steps can save energy

Energy is expensive, and yet it gets wasted all the time. For example, observe drivers on our mountainous roads. Many use their brakes going uphill, when it would have been sufficient to just step off the gas pedal and let gravity slow the car to the desired speed.

January 05, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Food supply, overconsumption a growing problem

For most of us in North Georgia, the holiday season is a time of abundance. Rich meals, cookies, candy and chocolate fill the tables.

December 29, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Snow is as iffy in North Ga. as it is in Bethlehem

Pretty Christmas cards with snow-laden New England landscapes are arriving. The desert town of Bethlehem, birthplace of Christ 2,000 years ago, is located 6 miles south of Jerusalem in today's West Bank in the Palestinian Territory. It probably didn't look like Bangor, Maine, back then, and it doesn't now.

December 22, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Warm oceans can bring Arctic blasts howling South

A week ago, a winter storm brought record low temperatures to the Western states. Cold outbreaks aren't uncommon there in early December, but the severity of the chill amazed forecasters and the general population alike.

December 14, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Flooding is dangerous for Central European residents

When Germany's Elbe River flooded in May this year, Hamburg and other communities along the waterway felt reminded of the catastrophic storm flood of February 1962. I remember TV images of people clinging to rooftops that were the only portions of houses still above the water.

December 07, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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Earth Sense: Temperature inversions create bubbles that affect sound, smoke

Atmospheric conditions often influence the course of history.

November 15, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Monthly cleanup events help Keep Hall Beautiful

No doubt, Hall County is beautiful.

November 08, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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