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Earth Sense: Prepare for cold during warm stretch

If you were dreaming of a warm Christmas this season instead of a white one, you got your wish. The week surrounding Dec. 25 was one of the warmest on record in North Georgia.

January 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Use compass in your house hunting

Plans made over the holidays often involve finding a new home. Real estate agents are surprised when I bring a compass along while house hunting.

December 26, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Better ways to dispose of leaves than burning

Today is the last day of fall. In many households, this means there is also a last batch of tree leaves and pine straw to remove from grass and various other areas.

December 19, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Beware of landslides after heavy rains

Oso, Wash., is a quiet farm community of about 180 people, located 60 miles northeast of Seattle. Pretty green valleys alternate with mountain slopes that are covered with pine, fir and cedar trees.

December 12, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Protect outdoor plumbing from cold nights

Early-morning frost is here. If you haven't done anything yet to protect your outdoor plumbing, it's probably time to do so.

December 06, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Garden provides students a learning experience

In this age of supermarkets, many young people don't see the connection between topsoil and food.

November 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Not all fires in the woods are bad

Fall colors are still plentiful.

November 22, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Take care of car batteries during winter temperatures

As the dark hours of the day keep growing, the car battery becomes increasingly important, because it needs to start a cold engine in the morning.

November 14, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Rudi Kiefer's Earth Sense: Climatic change brings plenty of smog

The term "global warming" is slowly fading as it becomes clearer that "climatic change" is more accurate.

November 08, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Rudi Kiefer's Earth Sense: El Niño is on the way

As Christmas season draws closer, meteorologists announce that El Niño, the other "Christmas boy," is strengthening in the Pacific.

November 01, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Use limited groundwater supply with care

"Do they use river water or groundwater for irrigation?" a student in my continuous education class asked last week.

October 24, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Nitrogen is a plentiful fertilizer

Members of Brenau University's garden club were receiving instruction from Master Gardener intern Andrew Linker last week.

October 17, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Historic rains have battered Southeastern US for 2 weeks

The past two weeks brought some truly unprecedented rain events to the Southeast.

October 11, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Use space heaters with caution

From now on, it often gets chilly enough to require some heat in the house.

October 04, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Get prepared for cold, wet winter

Based on the typical weather in North Georgia, we'll experience about a month of dry and mostly sunny weather this fall. After that comes the much wetter winter, bringing mostly rain and possibly frozen precipitation.

September 27, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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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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