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Earth Sense: Evacuations a privilege not viable in Haiti

The passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, Cuba and Florida came with lessons to learn. In some cases, it's tempting to comment "See, I told you so."

October 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Great views from up high require caution

Fall is a great season for getting an elevated view of Georgia. The sky is at its deepest blue, and from the mountaintops one can see into far corners of our state.

October 09, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Houses on barrier islands are not safe from storms

Sunrise at the beach is mesmerizing. The Atlantic Ocean reflects in hues of green, blue and purple. A salty breeze refreshes the air.

October 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Houses on barrier islands not safe from storms

Sunrise at the beach is mesmerizing. The Atlantic Ocean reflects in hues of green, blue and purple. A salty breeze refreshes the air.

October 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: 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. Out of the woods comes a full-grown buck with large antlers at full gallop.

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 it the children's bedroom, trouble may lurk.

September 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Fresh filters boost gas mileage, keep air cleaner

If you've ever been stuck on a hilly North Georgia road behind a car blowing clouds of dark smoke, you may have wondered what's wrong. In essence, the driver was using more costly gasoline than free air.

September 11, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Steam still plays vital energy role

Steam engines are something you're used to seeing in museums like the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village in Tifton. Steam used to power cotton gins, tractors and trains.

September 04, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Steam still plays vital energy role

Steam engines are something you're used to seeing in museums like the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village in Tifton. Steam used to power cotton gins, tractors and trains.

September 04, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Taking care of tires keeps you safe on road

It's 3 p.m., traffic on Interstate 985 is heavy, and some poor soul in the emergency lane is trying to install the spare wheel on his car.

August 28, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: ‘Stayin’ alive’ in a storm means avoid lightning

"When thunder roars, go indoors" is a good rule for protection from lightning. But there isn't always an audible warning.

August 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Bees’ sting is worth sweet reward

When bees are mentioned, painful bee stings may come to mind. But the culprits in most cases are wasps, especially the ground-dwelling yellow jackets.

August 13, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Windows have better energy efficiency now

A look around local building supply stores shows that window glass has changed considerably since the last century.

August 06, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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


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Earth Sense: Recycling old material can pay off

For some reason, late spring is always the time when I need to make another metal recycling run. Aluminum cans from someone's Coke habit ...

May 28, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Stone Mountain one of many ‘inselbergs’ in US

Easy to reach from Gainesville via Tucker, Stone Mountain Park makes for a fascinating weekend trip.

May 20, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Memories of China seen in snapshots

The first thing that one notices when arriving in China is the population. Wherever you go, lots of people are already there.

May 14, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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