Category: Cronkite News

New study: rooftop solar power saves water

Audrey Weil Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 New study: rooftop solar power saves water A new study claims Arizona could save more than 15 billion gallons of water a year if 20 percent of the state’s energy came from rooftop solar. That’s enough to sustain 90,000 homes, or the population of Chandler, for one year. The study was conducted by the former director of Arizona’s Department of Water Resources, Herb Guenther. He now serves as a water consultant and conducted this study for The Alliance for Solar Choice. Rooftop solar accounts for less than one percent of the state’s energy today. Nearly all of Arizona’s energy comes from thermal or hydro power plants. These plants average 685 gallons of water per megawatt-hour (MWh) of energy generated, while solar energy averages just two gallons of water per MWh. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } “Saving water is no longer an option. It’s an absolute necessity,” Guenther said. “And most people don’t realize that when you turn on the lights or the air conditioning, you’re also consuming water.” Environment America’s Solar Program coordinator Bret Fanshaw said attaining 20 percent solar power in Arizona is feasible. Environment America released a report last year predicting that by 2025, 25...

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Consumer Report: Not all tire treads performs equally

Lauren Michaels Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 Consumer Report: Not all tire treads performs equally Before you pack up and head out for your Thanksgiving trip, you may want to give your car some extra attention, especially your tires. It’s a simple step and could mean the difference between being stuck on the side of the road for Thanksgiving or seated at the dinner table with family and friends. “I’m going to be packing it up, going down to see my mom and dad in Casa Grande.” said Robin Gordon, an Arizona native and Thanksgiving traveler, getting her car checked at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair. “Typically I’ll do like what I’m doing right now and bring the vehicle in for a full service inspection before I hit the road, she said. “It just gives me more confidence.” See related: What does Thanksgiving look like in 2015? Travel and auto experts say a full car inspection is important, especially after the damage inflicted by Arizona’s summer heat. Howard Fleischmann, The owner of Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair, keeps it simple when advising about pre-travel inspections. “You gotta start with your tires. That’s where the biggest problems are.” By not taking care of your tires, it could lead to dangerous road situations. It can cause the rubber of the tire to wear down and possibly lead to an accident....

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New homeopathic laxative has some concerned for teens

Erin Johnson Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 New homeopathic laxative has some concerned for teens A new homeopathic laxative released by CVS has created quite a bit of controversy. Now some are worried that kids may be using this medication but not to improve their health. CVS, one of the nation’s largest drug store chains, has introduced a new homeopathic laxative available in stores. But there’s a catch. The laxative contains 20 percent ethanol, which is equivalent to 40-proof alcohol. When first released last month, the laxative was available for anyone to purchase leaving some concerned kids might target the medicine just for the alcohol. But Shane Watson, a prevention specialist with NotMyKid, believes that the problem is not the product but parenting. “Parents are waiting for somebody outside of their family to, per se, ‘police’ their kids for them,” Watson said. “It’s not going to happen.” Now CVS has since changed policy. Mike DeAngelis, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, released this statement on behalf of CVS Health: “As a matter of precaution we instructed our stores to decline any purchase of this product that appears to be suspicious, including the purchase of more than one bottle by an individual who appears under the age of 21.” The statement went on to say that homeopathic products are regulated by the FDA and should only be used as directed. President of the...

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Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema helps United Food Bank feed the hungry

Lindsey Nelson Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema helps United Food Bank feed the hungry MESA – The sounds of cans clinking, packing tape tearing, and boxes stacking filled United Food Bank’s Nina Warehouse on Monday morning. It was a melody created by 25 volunteer worker bees feverishly moving along an assembly line. United Food Bank called on volunteers to help pack emergency food boxes that will be delivered to hungry children, seniors and families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema was one of the volunteers in attendance, along with a team from the Wounded Warriors Project, as part of a service her team does annually. “Hunger is a very personal issue for me,” she said. “I want to make sure that every family in Arizona gets access to the healthy food they need.” Sinema noted that, as a child, she grew up in a family that didn’t always have enough food to eat. “When we were homeless, we relied on food banks just like United Food Bank to help us make ends meet,” she said. “That’s why we’ve joined today with the Wounded Warriors Project to volunteer and help put together food boxes for hungry families.” .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%;...

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Phoenix Sky Harbor adds nursing rooms in each terminal

Samantha Witherwax Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 Phoenix Sky Harbor adds nursing rooms in each terminal Traveling mothers can sit back and relax because nursing their babies just became a little less stressful at Sky Harbor Airport. Each terminal at the airport now has a nursing room designed to give mothers a private setting to nurse or pump while traveling. “The nursing stations were something that our customers frequently requested, and it’s a growing trend within airports,” said airport spokeswoman Heather Lissner. “We wanted to give individuals the opportunity to have a place to go if they needed it for nursing.” Each nursing room is located pre-security and next to the restrooms. Terminal two is located near the men’s room in the walkway between the ticket counters and checkpoint. Terminal three is located on level one next to the ladies room. Terminal four is located next to the family restroom on the northwest side of level three. The entrance is between Desert Breeze and AZ Fairways. Each nursing room can fit a couple moms and contains a sink and countertop, a soap dispenser, a paper towel dispenser, a baby changing station, comfortable seating and an electrical outlet. Kristen Qunell a traveler from Atlanta, Georgia, was excited to see the new amenity in the Phoenix airport and said she thinks it’s helpful for mothers. “I think they’re great, I think there...

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