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  • Hey, I`m Carl Azuz. It`s great to see you today.

  • We`ve got a few international stories kicking off our commercial free coverage.

  • In the Java Sea off the west coast of Indonesia,

  • a breakthrough in the search for a lost passenger plane.

  • Search officials have located both black boxes:

  • the flight recorders from AirAsia flight 8501.

  • It crashed on December 28 with 162 people aboard.

  • The recorders have info about the plane speed,

  • its engines, its cabin pressure and what the crew was saying.

  • Investigators hope they`ll explain what caused the crash.

  • To France now. After a wave of terrorism last week that killed 17 people,

  • there was a tremendous unity march in Paris.

  • More than 40 world leaders attended.

  • But not one from the U.S.

  • And critics say the Obama administration missed a leadership opportunity.

  • The U.S. Secretary of State had a prior commitment in India.

  • The U.S. attorney general was in Paris, but didn`t go to the march,

  • and the president and vice president were both at home.

  • The White House says it didn`t get enough notice

  • to arrange proper security for President Obama.

  • But it also says it should have sent a higher ranking representative

  • than the U.S. ambassador to France.

  • Stateside, a hack yesterday involving U.S. Central Command.

  • It oversees American military operations in the Middle East,

  • and its Twitter and Facebook pages were shut down after messages

  • popped up supporting the ISIS terrorist group and warning U.S. troops.

  • The FBI is helping investigate how this happened.

  • Five years ago, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti.

  • It was catastrophic. It killed 220,000 people and injured another 300,000.

  • Haiti shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.

  • Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

  • An estimated 80 percent of its population

  • leaves below the poverty line and the earthquake made that worse.

  • The international community stepped in to help,

  • $13.5 billion were committed to helping rebuild the country.

  • And experts say, things have improved.

  • Much of the rubble has been cleaned up,

  • the economy slowly getting better,

  • but normal conditions for this island nation are a far cry from good ones.

  • And simple day to day tasks take a toll on young Haitians.

  • This is the story of water. Beautiful, majestic, precious.

  • Vital for life. After all, the adult human body is 60 percent water,

  • but in Haiti like many parts of the developing world

  • the story of water is also one of hardship.

  • Daybreak in Farias. A remote corner north of Haiti`s capital, Port-au- Prince.

  • This picturesque tableau of grazing animals

  • and rice fields is also the stark reality of one girl`s daily misery.

  • (speaking French) A half hour away, to be exact.

  • (speaking French)

  • Her water source, a stream that irrigates the crops.

  • It`s estimated women and girls worldwide spend

  • more than 150 million hours every day fetching water for their families.

  • A collective loss of productivity that is staggering.

  • Then its` time for the walk back home to get ready for school.

  • (speaking French) Virginia will return again for the evening run,

  • in all two hours spent every day just for a basic necessity.

  • It`s the only life the 16-year old knows.

  • The scatel (ph) of the problem extends beyond just the quest for water.

  • It`s also the need for clean water.

  • According to the World Health Organization,

  • nearly 1 billion people around the world lack safe drinking water.

  • The problem is much bigger than any one organization can take on.

  • Even before the water can be purified,

  • one needs a water source to begin with.

  • And aging infrastructure in the cities,

  • a rugged mountainous terrain in the rural areas.

  • Deforestation and erosion, a lack of resources developed needed systems.

  • All of this are just some of the challenges

  • that make water and sanitation so complicated in Haiti.

  • And also, a matter of life and death.

  • It`s the call of the roll.

  • These schools all made requests on yesterday`s transcript page at cnnstudentnews.com.

  • We`ll start at South Dakota with the crusaders.

  • They are watching in the city of Miller at the Sunshine Bible Academy.

  • We`ll take the Oregon trail out west to the city of Independence.

  • Shoutout to the panthers of Central High School.

  • And not too far north is the city of Tumwater.

  • It`s in Washington State.

  • It`s where you`ll find the fire wolves of Tumwater Middle School.

  • It`s time for the shoutout!

  • Kinetic energy exists in which of these objects:

  • you know what to do. Is it a gallon of gasoline,

  • coil spring, lightning or lake. You`ve got three seconds, go.

  • Kinetic energy is energy in motion.

  • And what we see in lightning is an example of kinetic electrical energy.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout.

  • So, when you get up and walk to your next class, you have kinetic energy.

  • A British company is using a type of flooring

  • to harvest kinetic energy from people walking around.

  • It could power the lights above them,

  • the signs directing them, the charges charging phones.

  • You don`t see kinetic tiles in a lot of places yet,

  • because they are expensive,

  • but as their cost comes down, their power goes up.

  • Coal. It fired the steam engines of the industrial revolution

  • and fossil fuels have powered and transformed a world ever since.

  • The 1970s energy crisis rang along bells,

  • and triggered the search for alternative energy forms.

  • So, renewables now generate 11 percent of the world`s electricity.

  • People walk up to 150 million first steps in their lifetime.

  • When I was walking for a busy train station in London,

  • I thought what if we could convert energy from every single person

  • walking in the station to meaningful amount of power.

  • Literally, a light bulb moment. Which led to pavegen:

  • fruitful, harvesting flooring that

  • can turn the kinetic energy of footsteps to electricity off the grid.

  • The pavegen tiles take just one step to turn around up To seven (INAUDIBLE) of energy.

  • And how it works, is the top sheet deflects when you walk on it,

  • from just a few steps, the lights come on now.

  • I can also store that power from, say,

  • a hundred steps and light the power fit (ph) for a few minutes.

  • The technology is designed to run low voltage equipment

  • and it`s most effective in places with high footfall.

  • Schools, train stations, even the football stadium of the future.

  • In Rio de Janeiro, kinetic tiles have been installed alongside solar panels,

  • and they are powering a neighborhood plagued by blackouts.

  • And so, why it`s inspire future generations into energy safe (INAUDIBLE)

  • they show that we need different energy mixes (ph).

  • Some people walk 40,000 steps a day.

  • So, there`s a lot potential of what is wasted from each step.

  • Energy harvesting, it may just be one small step for a man.

  • It`s the science which could provide

  • an alternative energy source to power tomorrow`s cities.

  • If you find heights harrowing you are going to hate this.

  • It`s video from a drone flying 1500 feet up at TV tower

  • in South Dakota where repairman just happens to be doing his job.

  • Kevin Schmidt calls this just another day at the office.

  • But it`s gone viral,

  • partly because it says high as five football fields are long.

  • Partly because the TV tower isn`t even being used anymore.

  • Schmidt climbed it to change a lightbulb,

  • so airplanes can avoid it.

  • Now, we can call that a towering achievement,

  • a soaring accomplishment, a job at the height of bravery.

  • We just hope the night light has the might to light that site

  • at night to save Schmidt the fright or delight the plight

  • or the right at quite a height to relight the light day or night.

  • I`m Carl Azuz. And we`ll have more enlightening coverage on tomorrow's show.

Hey, I`m Carl Azuz. It`s great to see you today.

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