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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


Earth Sense: Ice plays vital role in Arctic waters

Dancing on ice is an art we admire at skating events. Much less common is dancing on Arctic ice - that is, the frozen layer covering the Arctic Sea and the North Pole.

February 21, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Take care to protect the pollinators

Soon we can look forward to a fresh crop of North Georgia grown peaches, apples, and local honey. To produce these goods, nature provides a tremendous amount of help in the form of pollinators. Those are mostly insects like bees, butterflies and beetles, but some mammals like bats are also involved.

February 14, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Wind produces wildly high tides in Chile

Even though the name sounds like chilly weather, the west coast of Chile was anything but cold last week. While the U.S. Southeast was bracing for severe conditions from winter storm Kayla, the South American country was experiencing spectacular events.

February 07, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Rudi Kiefer


Keifer: Be grateful we enjoy clean water

Among all the things we were thankful for at Thanksgiving, did you include clean water?

December 03, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: EarthShare supports environmental groups

North Georgia has faced big environmental challenges this fall. Even long-term residents of our state have trouble remembering a time when we went for an ...

November 27, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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