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Train travel is a cleaner and safer option

May 17 was a day of odd contrasts. At Cornelia's beautiful old railroad station, three train enthusiasts were standing next to the track with top-quality cameras, waiting to take photos of the approaching northbound Norfolk Southern. The familiar mustang logo on the lead engine rolled by, followed by additional locomotives and a very long chain of flatbed cars carrying containers.

May 26, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wind power is clean and cheap

California Highway 58, east of Bakersfield, presents some truly astounding sights. It's still a rare occurrence here in Georgia to see more than one wind turbine. At Tehachapi Pass on Cal. 58, there are 5,000 of them.

May 19, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Better weather radar is on horizon

Spirits were high but clouds hung low during graduation ceremonies on the Brenau campus a week ago. Commenting on the light rain that was falling, Brenau President Ed Schrader said, jokingly, "according to the weather radar on my computer, these rain clouds don't exist."

May 12, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Mulching vegetation better than burning

Our student volunteers were working hard last week, dragging huge piles of privet cuttings and other shrubs down the slope toward the power chipper. More helpers were bringing plant debris out of the bamboo forest, that unique environment at the end of the Brenau campus where bamboo, planted in the 1930s, has grown into huge trees.

May 05, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Underlying factors of sinkholes rare in Hall County

Driving through Hall County, you probably don't expect a huge hole to suddenly open up and swallow your car. But Florida residents are familiar with this scary phenomenon. It also happened in Chicago 10 days ago when the pavement buckled and three automobiles went down 10 feet into a gaping sinkhole.

April 28, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Best defense against twister is information

The all-American storm is in season again. No other country in the world has common outbreaks of tornadoes the way the United States does.

April 21, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Healthy food leads to better living

Living healthy begins with eating healthy food. Last week's "Farm To Table" workshop at Georgia Southern University demonstrated excellent ways in which chemicals-free fruits and vegetables can be produced in urban settings.

April 14, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Jet stream could bring more droughts

The sea ice in the Arctic is dwindling. NASA just posted images of a gigantic crack in the frozen cover.

April 07, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Cold spring here has been worse elsewhere

Spring season had a benign start in North Georgia with just a cold snap. Other parts of the world weren't as lucky.

March 31, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Nothing man can do to head off quakes

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 24, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: 2 women impact earth science studies

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.

March 17, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: 2 tips for finding your way when lost

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.

March 10, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Living on the coast can be rocky

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.\

March 03, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Proper insulation can save money

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.

February 24, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Pacific not so peaceful under the surface

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.

February 17, 2013 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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Earth Sense: Setting challenges Mexico City’s quality of life, safety

The capital of Mexico is a place of contrasts.

August 30, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: When unexpected heavy rains occur, move to higher ground

Superstorm Sandy, which covered the East Coast with floodwaters from Florida to Maine in 2012, is still a household name. But memories of Sandy were overshadowed by the torrential rains that hit Baltimore, Long Island and Connecticut on Aug. 12.

August 24, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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