Earthquakes keep hitting inhabited areas on the planet, and they have nothing to do with human activities and carbon emissions, not even with the offshore oil drilling that my grandmother used to blame for all the destruction caused by quakes.
March is Women's History Month. It was 100 years ago this month that women marched in Washington, D.C., demanding equal voting rights. The suffragists' struggle resulted in the 19th Amendment, making the left out half of the population a full part of the political process.
Outdoor season is starting just about now. When one hikes in the woods of North Georgia, it often becomes difficult to keep track of the direction. If you don't have a compass, but brought a watch with hands and a dial, you can locate south with it.
Retiring to the coast, or living and working there, is a dream that many people have. If your dream is to sit on the deck and watch the evening sun settling over the ocean, though, you need to move to the West Coast. At a Georgia beach, watching the sun over the water requires getting up at sunrise.\
If you're serious about conserving resources, one of the best things you can do is adding insulation to your home. It reduces the power bill on days when the air conditioning is running, as well as the heat bill, regardless whether the house is heated by natural gas or electricity or both.
When Ferdinand Magellan's ships emerged from the wild waters of Cape Horn in 1520, the newly discovered ocean seemed so peaceful that he named it Pacific Ocean. In modern times, we know that the Pacific is far from being a quiet place. Under its waters, the solid layer that separates us from the molten interior is so thin that if the globe were the size of a basketball, its hard crust would be no thicker than a sheet of paper.
Compared to the loss of life and property that occurred in Bartow County, the Gainesville area didn't get hit too hard during the Jan. 30 storm.
In the research about global climatic change, one weather system is of particular interest: The ITCZ. Its name may look like the license plate of one of those new European nations, but it stands for Intertropical Convergence Zone.
It was good to see the sun again after an entire week of rain during the middle of January. A low-pressure system had established itself over North Georgia, and the front that brought it refused to move out for several days.
The World Wide Web is loaded with information tools, but for anyone interested in the natural environment, Google Earth has to rank among the best. A simple search makes it quick to find and download. After starting the program, try putting some place names or coordinates into the search box at left.
Does anybody have a yearning for the "Good Old Days" to return - say, the 1960s? We drove around in cars with no seat belts. In a lightning storm, we were told to lay face down in a ditch (never mind the 12,000 gallons of water that might come rushing down on us).
It could happen here in Georgia.
As we prepare to start a new year, we can also expect to find ourselves in a changed world. The old dream of living off the land in a quiet cottage is giving way to an ever-increasing worldwide trend: the megacity.
In the debate about rising atmospheric CO2 levels, it's rarely mentioned that there's a host of unknown factors. That's not a reason to lay back and continue business as usual.
The 2012 climate conference in Doha, Qatar, on the Persian Gulf concluded without strong measures to control carbon dioxide emissions.
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.
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.
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.
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