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Winter Tree Watering Necessary During Drought Conditions

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Despite a relatively small amount of precipitation falling recently, the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor map indicates that nearly all of Colorado is currently experiencing some level of drought. Trees in urban and community settings throughout this region are dormant now, but still require occasional watering during dry winters to remain in top health.

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Dear EarthTalk: Is there any truth to the assertion that e-bikes recharged off the fossil-fuel grid actually generate fewer carbon emissions overall than conventional human-powered bikes?

Tips for Flu-Free, Healthy Travel this Winter

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Whether traveling to warmer weather or a snow-filled adventure, make sure flu is not your travel companion.

It's not too late to get a flu vaccine if you haven't already done so. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide protection, so get vaccinated well before your trip to reduce your risk of catching and spreading flu.

Wherever you may be going this winter, protecting yourself and others from flu is important. Here are some useful tips for staying healthy during the winter months.

Before Your Trip

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Dear EarthTalk: How do environmentalists feel about the amount of packaging waste consumers have to deal with now that holiday shopping has largely switched over from retail shops to online stores?                                                             &n

CSU Extension Presentation on the Mediterranean Diet

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Are you interested in a healthier lifestyle? Are you curious about the Mediterranean Diet? Mediterranean Diet: A dietary pattern for healthy living will be offered by Colorado State University Extension - Pueblo County January 24 from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Participants will learn strategies to incorporate Mediterranean foods and habits into their lifestyle. 

Topics covered include

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Dear EarthTalk: I always assumed the train was the greenest form of mass transit, but a friend told me I would be better off taking the bus. Could this be true?                   -- Jane McNeil, New York, NY

Ranger Station: Golden Eagle was Inspiration for Park Ranger Career

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When winter really digs in, you might not think about your favorite state park or wildlife area as a destination. It's cold and only the hardcore hikers, campers, ice-fishing enthusiasts, cross-country skiers and snowshoers have us at top of mind.

Don't forget about us or you'll miss out on some great winter festivals and wildlife viewing opportunities available across the state this time of year. I'm particularly thinking about our annual Eagle Day Festivals on the first weekend of February at both Lake Pueblo State Park and Barr Lake State Park in Brighton.

IRS Warns of New Email Scam

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The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers and tax professionals of a new email scam targeting Hotmail users that is being used to steal personal and financial information.

The phishing email subject line reads: "Internal Revenue Service Email No. XXXX | We're processing your request soon | TXXXXXX-XXXXXXXX". The email leads taxpayers to sign in to a fake Microsoft page and then asks for personal and financial information.