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welcome to all of you watching us here, in the united states, canada, and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. ahead on "cnn newsroom," a wonderful mom and wife whose career behind the camera was about to take off. helena hutchins remembered after she was killed on a movie set. plus, actor richard gere could soon take the stand at a trial in italy that prevented a ship from docking and migrants stranded at sea. and president barack obama back on the campaign trail. we'll share his message for
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republicans, just ahead. >> announcer: live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom" with kim brunhuber. our top story, hundreds of mourners gathered in new mexico to honor slain cinematographer helena hutchins at a candlelight vigil. many of the mourners were members of the television and film history. police say hutchins was killed, thursday, when actor alec baldwin unknowingly fired a live round from what was supposed to be a prop gun. cnn's lucy kafanov has more from that vigil in albuquerque. >> reporter: well, people have gathered here in downtown albuquerque to mourn the passing of halyna hutchins, just 42 years old. a rising star in the film industry, whose life was cut so tragically short. a lot of the people here were part of the industry.
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this was organized by the union representing film and television employees. a lot of folks know firsthand what happens on film sets and so many here are affected by this one death, because, again, this is a close-knit community, where people one know another. they're brothers and sisters, as one location manager told us, who was very much impacted by this tragic killing, even though she wasn't on set, she knew almost everyone in the room, she says. take a listen. >> i just hope all of this talking does something. i hope that my talking you gets amplified and we get the changes that we need for a safe set. i'm sure you know we were about to strike this past monday for safer conditions and if the world didn't believe us about what's going on, maybe they believe us now. >> reporter: people should be able to go home after performing their job. >> yeah. a child should have a mother. >> reporter: again, a lot of unanswered questions.
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so far, we have been getting some new details from an affidavit that's been released about the evidence that was gathered on that location and a little bit of the rough timeline. we understand that the head armorer, that is a person in charge of prop weapons on any film set, placed three weapons on a tray outside of a structure where on thursday alec baldwin and the rest of the film crew were either rehearsing or filming. we understand that the assistant director picked up one of the prop weapons, walked it inside the structure, handing it to mr. baldwin, shouting, "cold gun," which in the industry means that it should not have had any live rounds. unfortunately, something terrible followed. we understand, according to the affidavit, mr. baldwin fired the weapon. that is when this fatal shooting took place. now, alec baldwin was wearing western-style clothing. again, this was for an 1880 period piece film. police say the filming appeared to be stained with blood. they confiscated that as part of
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their investigation. and we know from sheriffs that authorities have been combing every inch of that location, that film set. they've been interviewing witnesses. they've gathered electronic material, any film of iphones, ipads. anything that could help them piece together exactly what took place that fateful thursday afternoon. lucy kafanov, cnn, albuquerque, new mexico. >> reporter: "rust" cast member hayes hargrove told cnn he had no direct knowledge of the events that led to halyna hutchins' death, but he said movie sets by nature are dangerous environments. he also said a bright, striking fierce mother was killed and alec baldwin's life is forever ruined. we've seen the photos of alec baldwin appearing distraught over the death of halyna hutchins, and although the shooting was an accident, one legal analyst says that he may face legal liability over the
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tragedy since he was a producer of the film. >> as an employer, he is responsible for the actions of his employees in the course and scope of employment. again, we're talking about civil liability there. but what's very important, if you look at that search warrant, that affidavit in support of the search warrant, law enforcement specifically said that when baldwin was handed the weapon, the assistant director said, "cold gun," and baldwin's reaction afterward, it's all consistent with someone that did not know the gun was loaded. that's why i think he's going to avoid criminal liability, ultimately. but civilly, another story altogether and he will be responsible for the actions of his employees and loading that weapon, civilly. >> baldwin tweeted shortly after the shooting that he's fully cooperating with police. actor richard gere is among the witnesses in a trial involving italy's foreign interior ministry.
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prosecutors say that left the migrants stranded at sea, putting their lives at risk. salvini denies the claim. the right-leaning politician attacked the seriousness of the allegations due to the presence of gere on the witness list. the actor visited the migrants onboard while they waited off the coast of italy. >> translator: being put on trial for just doing my duty is surreal. i'm sorry for that. richard gere will come. now, you tell me, how serious is a trial where richard gere comes from hollywood to testify on how bad i am? i hope it lasts as short as possible, because there are more important things to take care of. >> for more on this, let's bring in barbie nadeau in rome. as we just heard there, salvini is using gere's celebrity presence as a stick to beat his accusers with. so what's gere expected to testify to, exactly? >> reporter: well, it's a really interesting case. and i'm sure no one outside of italy who would even been following it, had it not been
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for this development with richard gere as a star witness. but mr. gere actually went on to the ship when it was being held off the coast of lampaduce. it was there for 19 days under incredibly difficult conditions. and he brought food and water to the people who were on the ship. and he's going to be one of the few people who can actually testify about the conditions onboard that ship. and he says that those people needed, you know, needed a better place to stay, needed to have better conditions, and needed to disembark. now, salvini argues that because this was a spanish ngo and a spanish ship that should have taken those migrants to spain rather than to, try to disembark in italy, he says this trial, if it's to be held, should be under spanish jurisdiction, not under italian jurisdiction. kim? >> all right. so, how strong a case do prosecutors have? i'm wondering if experts think there's a good chance salvini could actually be convicted here? >> well, you know, a lot of the
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legal experts that i've spoken to have said that kidnapping is sort of a peculiar charge to lodge against him. he was interior minister at the time. he was, for all practical purposes, just doing his job. it is going to call attention to the plight of the migrants. and those who are sympathetic to v salvini and salvini's blocking of migrants when they were trying to come into italy, those people will say, listen, this is a good spotlight here. why was a spanish ship trying to disembark 147 people on italian soil. so it depends on which side of the migration argument you're on. but, you know, the fact that richard gere is part of this is going to make an argument that is being heard all over the world, not just in italy. >> all right. we'll be following this with interest. barbie nadeau in rome, thanks so much. the fate of a jailed businessman is the latest flashpoint between turkey and its nato allies.
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president recep dayerdogan has threatened to expel ten ambassador. their offense, calling for the release of this man that has been held without conviction since 2017. he was acquitted stemming on charges from a protest eight years, but that verdict was overturned and he now faces charges for alleged involvement in 2016's failed coup. here's erdogan defending his diplomatic crackdown. >> translator: you cannot dare to come to the turkish foreign ministry and give orders here. i give the necessary order to our foreign minister and said what must be done. these ten ambassadors must be declared persona non grata at once. you will sort it out immediately. >> germany is one of those european countries calling for kab kabbalah's release. it berlin's ambassador to the uk tweeted this, turkey to declare
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ten ambassadors persona non grata to deal with turkey and difficult bilateral relations in the past. this is unprecedented. to move against the u.s., germany, and others in this way cannot be in turkey's interest. let us not forget a nato partner. cnn's arwa damon joins us now from istanbul. so arwa, allies warning it's not in turkey's interest here. so what's behind this move? >> reporter: well, for one, turkey, especially president erdogan is really smarting after those ten ambassadors issued that joint statement, calling for osman kavala's release. once again viewing this as the west trying to meddle in turkey's affairs, trying to impede its judicial system, which president erdogan continues to say is an independent system. but when we hear those statements from some european
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countries talking about how serious the situation is, that also goes to the fact that this is not just some sort of diplomatic spat. one also has to remember that the european union is turkey's largest trade partner, meaning that turkey is heavily economically reliant on it. and that is especially of potential concern right now, given the shambles that turkey's economy is in and the losses that the lyra has suffered. the detention of osman kavala has been a stress point for some time now. the european court of human rights did, in fact, clair that turkey should release kavala, and turkey in theory should have to abide by that order, because
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it is a member of the counsel for europe. but turkey has not. and what european countries will say, what human rights groups will say, what opposition voices will say is that, you know, the detention of osman kavala is part of this ongoing government to try to stem voices of dissent and opposition. but to declare ten ambassadors, western ambassadors all at once, in one fell swoop, potentially persona non grata is a very big possible step forward in terms of escalating this situation. and at this stage, it does look as if turkey does have more to lose if the situation does, in fact, escalate further, kim. >> all right. thanks so much, arwa damon in istanbul, appreciate it. president obama makes a rare
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personal appearance on the campaign trail. still ahead, what the former president told voters as he drummed up votes. and the hunt for votes days before virginia's gubernatorial election. why that race could be a barometer for the entire nation. stay with us and there isn't one definition of what well feels like. there are millions. johnson & johnson is building your world of well.
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if you've got good ideas, people will flock to your ideas, but that's not what they try to do. instead, you're trying to rig elections. because the truth is, people disagree with your ideas. and when that doesn't work, you start fabricating lies and conspiracy theories about the last election, the one you didn't win. that's not how democracy supposed to work. >> that was former u.s. president barack obama campaigning on saturday for virginia democrat terry mcauliffe and later for new jersey's democratic governor, phil murphy. both races on november 2nd are seen as must-wins for democrats ahead of the 2022 midterms. the states are reliably blue, but many voters are weary of divisive politics, as well as the pandemic. so obama reminded democratic
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voters what was at stake. with more on that, here's cnn's athena jones. >> reporter: hi, there. president obama hitting the campaign trail again on saturday, campaigning in vi virginia and new jersey. the only two states that have governors races this year. both of these races are being viewed as a harbinger of what democrats may face in 2022. the focus of the new jersey event was on early in-person voting, which is being allowed for the first time in new jersey. for years, people have been able to early vote by mail, but now they can do so in person. and so president obama coming out to urge people to turn out, to show up, to tell their friends and neighbors to vote for phil murphy and make him the first democratic governor to win re-election since the late 1970s. as we heard the president do in virginia, we also saw him in new jersey try to tie murphy's
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republican opponent, jack chitarelli to dronald trump. he slammed him for speaking at a stop the steal rally. here's what he said. >> when you have a candidate who spoke at a "stop the steal" rally, you can bet he's not going to be a champion of democracy. apparently phil's opponent says, well, he didn't know it was a rally to overturn the results of the last election. didn't know it. really?! come on! when you're standing in front of a sign that says, "stop the steal," and there's a guy in the crowd waving a confederate flag, you know this isn't a neighborhood barbecue. you know it's not a league of women voters rally. come on. of c come on, man! >> reporter: so there you have president obama trying to tie
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jack chitarelli to donald trump, who is not nearly as popular in parts of new jersey as he is in other parts of the country. this event was held in newark. newark is in the heart of essex county. it has the most registered democrats of any of the counties and the whole goal shhere is to make those people vote early, on election day, either way, make sure they get to the polls. >> and candidates in virginia are trying to make final pitches to voters with just over a week left before the gubernatorial election. recent polls show terry mcauliffe in a neck and neck race with republican glenn youngkin. the race could be a litmus test of voters' mood ahead of next year's congressional election. mcauliffe's message is this, youngkin is a clone of former president donald trump. >> glenn youngkin is not a
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reasonable republican. i call him donald trump in khakis. do we want a lap dog to donald trump to be our governor here in the commonwealth. no, we don't. >> youngkin's response is that he and mcauliffe are the only people vying to lead virginia, not anyone else. >> friends, america needs us right now. i get more text and phone calls and e-mails from parents all over this great nation saying, glenn, stand up for our children, too. stand up for our children, too. our children can't wait. >> house lawmakers are gearing up for their interview with the critical trump administration official about the january 6th attack on the capitol.
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jeffrey clarke was a justice department official at the time of the insurrection. he pushed baseless election fraud claims and floated plans to give certain states backing to undermine the vote results. his testimony next week could be pivotal for democrats, as they try to uncover what former president trump, republicans in congress, and his advisers did and said behind closed doors about overturning the election before january 6th. as cnn's marshall cohn reporters, investigators are also looking to follow the money trail behind the attack. >> nearly ten months after the january 6th insurrection, the investigation continues, both in congress and in the courts. house democrats are moving full speed ahead with their select committee. they're zeroing in on the money trail, the finances behind those "stop the steal" rallies that fuelled the big lie last year and all the way up to january 6th. and the house of representatives in a bipartisan vote held trump
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ally steve bannon in contempt for defying a subpoena, and they now want the justice department to bring a criminal indictment. meanwhile, federal prosecutors have charged more than 650 of the rioters. one couple from kentucky was just sentenced a few days ago to pay $10,000 in fines for their role in storming the capitol. the judge in that case said that he was getting threats and threatening messages from trump supporters who still believe the big lie. he said the rioters who have been downplaying and whitewashing the attack are inspiring these continued threats. one rioter who is part of that group of people that are staying defiant, makaja jackson. he pleaded not guilty. he was released, but was told to stay away from the proud boys because of his ties to the far-right group. he spoke at a political rally in phoenix last month that was attended by more than a dozen
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members of the proud boys. his lawyer said that he didn't know that they would be there and that he's complying with the conditions of his release, but regardless, take a listen to what he had to say at that event. >> on january 6th, the radical u.s. government weaponized the fbi, the capitol police, d.c. police, antifa, blm, and democratic activists to set up a coup against patriotic americans like myself and hundreds and thousands of others that are still being persecuted, watched, and heard. and that's disgusting. that is kgb stuff right there going on. >> obviously, those are ridiculous and false conspiracy theories. prosecutors could use that material against him in court to make the case that he's not sorry for what he did and that if he is convicted, he should deserve a harsher punishment. that's something they've done in
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other cases, used rioters' words against them. marshall cohen, cnn, washington. west virginia's governor says he would welcome with open arms conservative maryland counties looking to leave that state and join his. a handful of republican lawmakers in three counties are asking west virginia's top republican legislators to at least consider the idea. maryland as a whole went pretty solidly for president biden in 2020 and democrats control both u.s. senate seats. seven of eight u.s. house seats, and both chambers of the state legislature. now, this is by no means the only effort of its kind. there is a campaign to get a sizable chunk of oregon and even some of northern california to become part of a greater idaho. supporters in oregon say their state refuses to protect its citizens from the rioting seen in portland and other law and order issues. idaho, on the other hand, stands more for what they see as
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american values. >> it's not a vote to start a new state. it is just the beginning process of asking oregon to let oregon's rural counties go and asking idaho, would you allow us to become part of your state. >> so earlier, i spoke with juliette muso, a vice dean at the university of south carolina's price school of public policy and an expert on secession, and i asked her whether these efforts have a chance of working, or is it local politicians sending a message to their base? here it is? >> any of these secession measures has to be approved by legislatures in both states and by the u.s. congress and it's a little bit of a paradox, actually. because if you seek to leave an area where there's a dominant ideology that doesn't suit you, it's unlikely that you're going to be allowed to leave. but i do think that it is, i
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think, to some extent, political signaling. politicians kind of being able to find yet another way to speak to their base, to show that they're connected to them in a way, and maybe to sort of rile up a little bit of, you know, political resentment. >> so you can see more of that interview coming up in the next hour of "cnn newsroom." all right. so when you hear a politician got a slap in the face, you probably assume that's speaking figuratively, right? but in the case of one governor in iran, well, it wasn't. have a look here. >> so, that man walked up to the governor and smacked him during a speech on saturday. security guards there, as you can see, quickly whisked the man away. iranian news agency says the attacker was upset because his wife received a covid vaccine from a male doctor, not a female
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one. the governor later said the man will have to face legal consequences. still ahead this hour, covid-19 cases are soaring in the uk, but the governor says a new lockdown isn't in the cards. we're live in london with the latest coming up. plus, surging covid cases in russia are pushing one siberian hospital to the brink. we'll take you inside after the break. stay with us. brainy on tv - i'ml neuroscientist. and i love the science behind neuriva plus. unlike ordinary memory supplements, neuriva plus fuels six key indicators of brain performance. more brain performance? yes, please! neuriva. think bigger.
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u.s. covid vaccination numbers are inching up slowly. as of saturday, just over 57% of americans are fully vaccinated. that's just half a percentage point higher than this time last week. but those numbers could go up
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significantly in the coming weeks if pfizer's vaccine is approved for children 5 to 11 years old. fda and cdc advisers will discuss the issue over the next two weeks. that means some 28 million children could soon be eligible for the vaccine. and that could be a big relief for many parents. >> we know that 6 million kids have had covid. over a million in the last six weeks. they can get it, they can spread it. there have been thousands and thousands and tens of thousands of kids hospitalized. so i think it's great news for families, but of course, talk to your pediatrician, if you've got questions. >> reporter: covid cases are surging in the uk and the prime minister is encouraging more people to get the vaccine. uk is now averaging more than 45,000 new cases a day, some of the highest numbers since july. but so far, the government says it won't reinstate stricter covid rules. instead, it's ramping up the push for vaccinations and booster shots. cnn's frederick pleitgen joins
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us from london. so, fred, while the prime minister is pushing vaccines and boosters to fight this surge, there's more and more pressure on his government to get in place a plan "b" and reimpose restrictions. what more can you tell us? >> you're absolutely right, kim. that pressure is coming first and foremost from the medical community. not just from the national health service, but from the british medical association. and both of those groups are saying they believe that, you know, what we've been talking about, the plan "b" is something that needs to be enacted as fast as possible. they say there's already pressure on the national health service, there's already operations that are having to be postponed because there simply isn't enough staff on hand to take care of the actual operations. and also, of course, dealing with patients with severe symptoms of covid-19. so it is a real problem. and as you said, the british government is saying that at this point in time, they have no plans to enact that plan "b." prime minister boris johnson came out on thursday, and he said that he believed that, yes, the numbers are rising, but he
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said he still believed it was within the parameters of what they've been expecting, given the measures that they have right now. one of the things he did yesterday, and i think it was very important, is he did what they call here, a call to arms, which is essentially people putting out their arms and getting their jabs. and what the british government essentially trying to do is vaccinate their way out of this. of course, the vaccination campaign in the united kingdom was extremely successful early on, but it's been somewhat stuttering, as of recently. and what they're trying to do right now is a massive booster shot campaign, where they're now calling out all over 50-year-olds and people who are in danger of getting severe covid, out to get booster shots. then also are saying, look, anybody who hasn't got an vaccine yet should do so immediately. and the third sort of pillar of that vaccination strategy is also children as young as 12 years old, where they're saying that you can get at least a single jab. that's really the strategy of the government. they seem very loathe at this point in time for anymore strict measures, even as the medical
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community here is calling on things like mask mandates, for instance, possible vaccination passports, and of course, physical distancing as well, kim. >> and meanwhile, england is hoping to give a huge boost to tourism by now accepting a cheaper covid test for some incoming tourists. so take us through that decision. >> they certainly are. the lateral flow test. one of the things you have to do now, and i know because i've just gone through this process, is when you come to england, to the united kingdom, what you do is you should be fully vaccinated, but on day two, you need to take a pcr test, and in the future, or starting today, actually, the government has said a cheaper test, the lateral flow test, which is essentially a self-test that you can do, that is now sufficient for people to come into this country. that obviously should make coming here to the uk and to england, should make it a lot easier than it was before, because you don't have to book a pcr test. and one of the things that you had to do when you came here before this new rule was in
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place, you had to have proof that you had booked that pcr test to get on your flight. that should make it a lot easier for travelers, but in the current situation, of course, there's a lot of people who believe that could be quite a difficult situation, as well. >> absolutely. fred pleitgen in london, thank you so much. appreciate it. russia is seeing a record number of docovid deaths with nearly 1,100 new deaths reported on saturday, the highest number yet. new cases have also hit a record high. meanwhile, less than a third of russian have said fully vaccinated. in some of the country's most remote regions, that's making an already desperate situation even more dire. an icu full of patients in prone positions. doctors pulling 24-hour shifts, dismal conditions in this hospital in siberia and ones that could potentially have been avoided if some patients sick with covid-19 had been vaccinated.
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>> we do have some vaccinated patients. it happens. but they rarely reach the icu unit. if they do, those patients have other conditions. mostly all of our patients in the icu are not vaccinated. >> reporter: the health care workers at this hospital, some 1,800 miles from moscow, say this outbreak of the coronavirus is more severe, affecting the young as well as the old. they've had to call in additional staff, some newly graduated from medical school, to meet the demand. >> translator: i personally have around 45 to 50 patients. doctors cannot avoid getting sick, too. they become sick and some cannot bear the load. >> reporter: vaccination rates in russia are low, with only about 30% of people fully vaccinated. across the country, there's widespread mistrust of the vaccine. in the town the hospital serves, local media reported that an additional morgue had to be opened, and the mayor's office is trying to expand the cemetery. but not even these tstark
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realities are convincing enough to change some minds. this man says, we're scared, but we're still not getting vaccinated. this one says, i've been traveling for work for two years without wearing a mask and never got sick. misconceptions about vaccines and social distancing are driving up the number of cases in the country and the daily number of deaths from covid-19 has reached record highs for several dmaays in a row. earlier this week, president vladimir putin ordered a nationwide period of non-working days beginning october 30th to try to lower transmission rates across the country. officials say more restrictions could be added if people don't get vaccinated. measures that are too late to help patients back at this overwhelmed hospital in siberia, where the virus and the deadly misinformation helping to fuel it are still surging. parts of the western united states are hunkering down as yet another strong storm system approaches.
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flood warnings are posted parts of northern california currently suffering from extreme drought. extreme weather could include something called a bomb cyclone, and that's the third round in a series of strong storms. let's bring in meteorologist derek van dam. derek, those warnings seem to be getting more and more urgent. >> reporter: yeah, it's a powerful storm that actually meets a certain set of requirements that classify this as a bomb cyclone. it has to drop in millibars or pressure to identify a certain strength. and in fact, this bomb cyclone, per se, this low pressure, is equivalent to what we would experience in a major hurricane, for instance. the pressure levels there are comparable. so very interesting to see, nonetheless. but this storm is creating what is called an atmospheric river of moisture. picking up this moisture from the pacific ocean and dpepositig
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it in the form of rain and heavy snowfall across the state of california. we've had the recent wildfires there over the past couple of summers, the ongoing drought taking place, and that is putting some of these burn areas at particularly vulnerability because of this heavy rainfall. that will take place, culminating tonight and into the early monday morning hours. take for instance, santa barbara county, the burn area now moving from an evacuation warning to an evacuation order, which means it's actually unlawful for you to stay within that particular region in and around that burn scar location, as the heavy rains commence and create the potential for debris flows within this area. look at this futurecast, just lighting up like a christmas tree. plenty of colors there, indicating the precipitation moving through. remember, with the recent burn fires that have taken place across this area, or burn scars, i should say, we have very charred landscape, and it cannot sustain the amount of rain that will fall on top of that.
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eventually, the slope will fail and we'll get what is called a debris flow. they can travel at speeds from 30 to 50 miles per hour, taking rock, mud, and debris along with it. and it obviously can create a lot of damage alongside that. look at the snowfall potential here across the sierra nevada mountain range and the potential for hurricane force gusts. that will take down some trees, tree limbs, and the potential for power outages along the coastal areas of california, oregon, and washington. now, kim, we can't necessarily equate this to climate change, this particular event, but we are seeing the duration and frequency of storms just like this become more common. >> yeah, that's the concern. derek van dam, thank you so much. really appreciate it. so for more on that link between extreme weather and climate change, let's bring in martin van olst. he's the director of the american red cross, red climate center. one of thousands that will be heading to glasgow to attend the
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upcoming climate change conference and joins us from netherlands. thank you so much for being here. appreciate it. most of us think climate change, we don't necessarily associate it with the red cross, but with the growing number of extreme climate events, unfortunately, the red cross is playing a growing role in helping folks after these disasters hit, including several here in the u.s., like those floods on the east coast. so, give us the big picture about what your teams have been dealing with around the world on the front lines of the climate crisis. >> thank you. yeah, this is, indeed, our daily reality now. we're seeing it in our disaster statistics, globally. but particularly, people at the front lines of the climate crisis are facing it every day. in some of these cases, we can really. it the climate fingerprint, very scientifically. for instance, that terrible heat wave that hit the northwestern u.s. in canada was impossible without climate change and the european floods that killed over 200 people in germany and
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belgium were up to nine times more likely. in many more other cases, we don't have the precise scientific numbers. but for anyone experiencing this, it's very clear that things are changing, and it's particularly the extremes as well as the surprises that are hitting us. >> so, you will be there, as i said, in glasgow, for cop-26. so what message are you hoping to send? war you telling world leaders? >> well, i think there's two things. one is climate change is already hitting us badly now. and it's hitting us everywhere. it's the richest countries, but actually, that pattern that i was describing for the u.s. and europe, take those same extremes in vulnerable countries and the effects are even worse. so we're very concerned about what's happening already now. and we need to avoid that problem from getting further out of hand by reducing emissions rapidly. while at the same time acknowledging that we immediate to be prepared for these worse extremes. and that's preparing everywhere, but of course, especially in the most vulnerable communities.
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>> so as this is being discussed here in the u.s., democrats are scrambling to come to an agreement on president biden's social spending bill, but it looks like the boldest and toughest measures to tackle the climate crisis may not make it into the final bill. so from a global perspective, what will it say if the u.s. comes to glasgow without delivering on a meaningful commitment to climate change? >> well, the u.s. is obviously a spr very important player. so i am still hopeful that there is some progress to be made there. of course, the united states is also not the only country. so we rely on all countries to do their part. and that means being much more ambitious than we've been so far. so the united states need to step up further, but others do, as well. we still have a chance to keep global warming from rising above that 1.5 degrees celsius total rise, since we started emitting all of these greenhouse gases, and it sounds like an abstract
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number, but what science shows increasingly is the further we go beyond that 1.5 degrees limit, the more -- the risk that we're already facing today will, indeed, get out of hand. i was speaking to some of my colleagues in the maldives, for instance, who were already experienced with the current shift in climate, they know beyond 1.5 degrees, their corals will be gone, which means their fisheries will be gone, which means they have no food they're getting from the ocean right now, but tourism will also be gone, and more importantly, their islands won't grow along with the rising sea levels. they're really fearing for a future where that will not be reached. we can still keep that warming from rising beyond 1.5 degrees, but we have to make that transition on the energy side really, really quickly. i'm hopeful that america will come around, but that has to be the same for other countries. >> when we talk about climate change, we talk about world leaders and politicians and so on, but it's increasingly
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literally hitting people where they live, so, you know, it's striking how few people are prepared. and you talked about preparedness for this. so how should individuals, you know, as well as parents, homeowners, people like this, how should they be preparing and maybe changing the way they live or where they live to prepare for what's happening? >> well, historically, sadly, we haven't always been great dealing even with the disasters that we had in the past. so we tend to think, you know, something that is high impact, but low frequency won't happen to me, and it's, you know, i'll just take the risk. that is getting increasingly risky, because the risks are rising. so i think everyone needs to take into account what's happening and think about what that means for our policies and how we vote in elections, but also what we do in our own neighborhood and even in our own household. and that often also means --
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it's partly decisions you make yourself. you're in the netherland, for instance. europe was the most deadly disaster in the last few years because of heat waves. so i can make choices about the amount of greenery in my own garden and my own neighborhood. but also, when the heat wave arrives, i can call on my elderly neighbor and making sure she has had her six glasses of water today, because it's often very preventable if we take the right measures when these extremes hit us. but we must know what may be coming, prepare for it, and do the right thing when it's there. >> great advice. martin van olst, director of the american red cross red crescent climate center, thank you so much for being with us. >> thank you very much. so one week before the start of that major climate summit in scotland, prince charles issued an urgent plea for action, saying there's a dangerously narrow window to address the climate crisis. we'll bring you the details coming up. stay with us.
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as we mentioned, we're one week out from the u.n.'s cop-26 climate summit, a major gathering of world leaders aimed at tackling climate change. the u.s. will be well represented. not only will president biden attend, he's bringing a delegation of more than a dozen
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cabinet members and officials. the agenda for this year's summit ambitious and the british prime minister presiding over the conference admits it will be a heavy lift. he says the paris climate talks of 2015 were much easier by comparison, because much of the nitty-gritty details had been postponed until now. britain's prince charles is warning of a dangerously narrow window to tackle the climate crisis. he delivered a keynote address at an event in saudi arabia by video, saying it was imperative the upcoming summit lead to concrete actions. >> the experts are telling policy makers that cop-26 must pursue ambitious, nationally determined contributions that have clear baselines and net zero by 2050. we simply must heed this message and above all, consider the kind of future existence that we are
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bequeathing to our grandchildren and their children's children. >> world leaders will have an aggressive agenda in glasgow. they will aim to finalize rules of the paris agreement, collectively raise $100 billion a year to finance climate projects, speed up collaborations among governments, businesses, and people. keep within reach the global warming limit of 1.5 degrees celsius, and protect areas that are already at risk, or are already suffering from the effects of climate change. and one quick programming note. cnn will have extensive coverage of the cop-26 climate change conference in glasgow, scotland, from november 1st through the 12th. and for all the lathe climate news and cop-26 developments, you can head to that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber. i will be back in just a moment with more news. please do stay with us.
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