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Earth Sense: Level land areas are vulnerable to floods

Floodwaters in southeastern China are receding, but the trouble has moved farther north. Now the disasters have hit Henan and Hebei provinces, including Beijing, the country's capital.

July 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Protect children, pets from hot car dangers

Installing an aftermarket digital thermometer in my old Chevy van provided a lot of insight recently. This $15 instrument displays inside and outside temperature, as well as the system voltage of the vehicle.

July 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Overland floods dangerous in Chinese region

Parts of Anhui Province in China resemble South Georgia. Two-hundred and fifty miles west of Shanghai, the Yangtze River cuts through a flat landscape of fields, orchards and small communities.

July 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Reduction of coal ash a vital step by Ga. Power

Dec. 22, 2008, was filled with anticipation of Christmas in Roane County, Tenn., 85 miles northeast of Chattanooga.

July 10, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: West Va.’s geography made it vulnerable to floods

Last week, West Virginia got a sad replay of earlier events in southern Germany when the governor declared a state of emergency in 44 counties. Floodwaters swept through the state, taking more than two dozen lives.

July 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Take care of car now, then go electric

Modern electric cars have changed from fairly unattractive designs to very nice automobiles.

June 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Now’s the time to check your air conditioner

Summer starts officially Monday afternoon. As always, we'll have hot days ahead, but it won't be like the heat wave that southeastern Asia experienced during the past two months.

June 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Geology of an area can lead to flooding

With the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay threatened by flooding this month, Paris deserves prominent news headlines.

June 11, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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


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Articles By Author - Rudi Kiefer


Earth Sense: Energy-efficient lighting requires prior homework

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 ...

February 26, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Local


Earth Sense: The dangers of flying in planes are extremely low

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 ...

February 19, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Taking small steps can make a difference for our environment

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 ...

February 12, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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