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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, and this is "cnn newsroom." a mother and wife whose cinematic career was about to take off. halyna hutchins remembered after she was killed on a movie set. former president barack obama back on the campaign trail. we'll bring you his message to republicans. plus, parts of the western u.s. brace for a major storm this weekend. we have the detailed forecast, coming up.
>> announcer: live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom" with kim brunhuber. mourners paid tribute saturday to the movie crew member who was accidentally shot to death by actor alec baldwin. these are images from a memorial in albuquerque, new mexico, honoring halyna hutchins. police say she was killed thursday when baldwin unknowingly fired a live round from what was supposed to be a prop gun. cnn's lucy kafanov was at that vigil and she has new details on the timeline leading to her death. >> 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 are part of the industry, this vigil, in fact, was organized by the union representing film and
television employees. and so 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 know one 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 with 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.
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 the 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 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. this was, again, for an 1880s period piece film. police say the clothing appeared to be stained with blood. they confiscated that as part of
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, iphones, ipads, anything that could help them piece together exactly what took place that fateful thursday afternoon. lucy kafanov, cnn, albuquerque, new mexico. >> "rust" cast member hayes hargrove told cnn that he had no direct knowledge of the event that led to halyna hutchins' death, but said that movie sets are by nature dangerous environments. he also said a bright, talented, striking, fierce mother was killed and alec baldwin is forever ruined. meanwhile, dave hall is the assistant director on the film and said "rust" was the subject of complaints over safety during two other productions in 2019, according to maggie gal, a light maker and production coordinator. she said the complaints included
disregard for safety precautions for weapons. gal said, the only reason the crew was made aware of a weapons presence that the assistant prop master demanded they announce the situation each day. there are reports of other safety protocol violations and allegations of misconduct against halls as well. he hasn't yet responded to cnn's request for comment against gal's allegations against him. actor richard gere is among the witnesses listed in a trial involving italy's former interior minister. salvini is accused of kidnapping 147 migrants in 2014 after he denied their ship permission to disembark in italy. prosecutors say that left the migrants stranded at sea, putting their lives at risk. salvini denies the claim. the right-leaning politician mocked the seriousness of the allegations due to gear being 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 sur 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 fanadeau in rome. barbie, as we just heard there, salvini is using gere's celebrity presence as a stick to beat his accusers with. so what is gere expected to testify to, exactly? >> he's going to be a very crucial witness in this case. he was in lampedusa. he took water and food supplies to the 147 migrants who were stranded on the ship for 19 days, while salvini prohibited them from disembarking in italy. now, this was a spanish-flagged ngo ship run by the organization, open arms. and salvini argued that they should have taken the migrants
to spain, not to italy. and he said, as interior minister, he was just doing his job. and richard gear, while it may be bringing attention to a topic a lot of people outside of italy won't be paying attention to, he will be able to provide crucial information about the conditions on that ship, which is the crux of this case. the next trial is december 17th. we don't know yet when mr. gere is expected to testify and we don't know if it will be in person or if it will be by video link. but his testimony is actually quite crucial in this case, kim. >> how strong a case do prosecutors have? i'm wondering if experts think that there's a good chance that salvini could actually be convicted here? >> well, you know, a lot of the legal analysts that we've spoken to say that the kidnapping charge is rather peculiar, because he was acting as interior minister, and he wasn't actually on the ship himself. but it will draw attention to the struggle that's constant in italy. and that's whether or not people
who are leaving the coast of africa, trying to get to europe, if they become italy's responsibility, based on the dublin protocol, yes, they should be. but salvini and many other politicians have argued that no, they shouldn't be. and we've seen up to 120,000 migrants crossing the sea in one year, in 2017, that was the last time that there were huge numbers. but so far this year, 149,000 people have crossed the sea and this case will draw attention to that. richard gere will certainly be part of that attention. >> we'll keep following that. thanks so much, barbie nadeau in rome. the fate of a jailed businessman the latest flashpoint between tokyo and its nato allies. president recep tayyip erdogan has threatened to expel ten ambassadors, including envoys from the u.s., canada, and france. their offense? calling for the release of this man. osman kavala has been held without a conviction since 2017. he was acquitted on charges stemming from a protest eight years ago, but that verdict was overturned and he now faces
charges for alleged involvement in 2016's failed coup. here was 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. >> reporter: cnn's arwa damon joins us now from istanbul. so arwa, allies there, you know, are warning that this isn't in turkey's interest. so what's behind the move, then? >> reporter: well, a lot of it is really stemming, presumably from turkey and especially erdogan's frustration with europe and the west. erdogan most certainly views this statement that was signed by these ten ambassadors as being yet another attempt, as we have been hearing over and over again, to try to meddle in turkey's internal affairs. erdogan has repeatedly made the
point that turkey doesn't meddle in these respective countries' internal affairs and there are other turkish officials who are calling this some kind of western plot to try to destabilize the country. for the part of the ten that have issued this joint statement, this is an escalation of a situation that has been ongoing for quite some time now, as there have been repeated calls for the release of osman kavala, with european countries and america viewing his detention as being politically motivated. and, of course, one has to note that turkey is quite notorious for the ongoing detention of any voices of opposition and journalists. but this is much more than just another diplomatic spat or escalation, no matter how you look at it. because of the ties between turkey and europe. not just the fact that turkey is a nato member, but also europe -- the european union is turkey's largest trade ally. so there are a number of
pressure points of that these european countries could, should they choose to do so, use to put more pressure on erdogan's government. the economy here is faltering, the lira has been plummeting. that being said, turkey has moves that it can make against europe, as well. and i think everyone who is watching the situation right now is just hoping that both sides take a step back rather than move this escalation further forward, kim. >> yeah, absolutely. all right. arwa damon in istanbul, thank you so much. candidates begin the final hunt for votes in virginia's neck and neck gubernatorial race. next, you'll hear some of their final pitches to voters and we'll explain why the race could be a barometer for the entire nation. plus, a growing movement that could dramatically change the u.s. map and size of numerous states. what's behind the push for change? we'll explain, coming up later. stay with us. when you need it most. it's non habit forming and powered by the makers of nyquil.
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and republican glenn youngkin. that's despite the fact that virginia has been favoring democrats for years and that mcauliffe has already served one term while youngkin is a political novice. polls also show that republicans are more enthusiastic about the race than democrats, but mcauliffe received a big boost with former president barack obama stumping for him sunday. dan merica has more. >> reporter: former president barack obama made his return to the campaign trail, his first political event of 2021, here in richmond, virginia, where he stumped for democrat terry mcauliffe and issued a piece-by-piece takedown of republican opponent glenn youngkin. at numerous times, obama was somewhat mockingly took on youngkin, attacking some of his ads that cast him as a regular guy, despite the fact that he is wealthy former private equity ceo. and saying that that gets at his character. take a listen to how he went
after the republican candidate. >> when you don't separate yourselves from them, when you don't think that's a problem, well, you know what? that's a problem. you can't run ads telling me you're a regular old hoops-playing, dish-washing guy, but quietly cultivate support from those who seek to tear down our democracy. either he actually believes in the same conspiracy theories that resulted in a mob or he doesn't believe it, but he's willing to go along with it. to say or do anything to get elected. and maybe that's worse. because that says something
about character. and character will end up showing when you actually are in office. >> reporter: now, at no point during obama's speech did he mention his successor, former president donald trump, but mcauliffe, the democratic candidate here, certainly did. repeatedly hitting trump and tying him to glenn youngkin. at one point saying that yo youngkin, his opponent is just donald trump in khakis. this event was not necessarily about persuasion. many of the people here had already voted or intend to vote for mcauliffe on the november 2nd election. this is more about turnout. this is a city that obama won overwhelmingly in 2008 and 2012, and that is why he is here, urging voters, some of whom are very tired with politics, something he himself admitted he was tired as well, urging them to come out and vote, because this election, as he said, is just too important. dan merica, cnn, richmond. >> but on his end, youngkin is largely trying not to nationalize the race. as eva mccann reports, his final
pitch to voters is focusing on a big bread and butter issue. >> reporter: the issue of education dominated glenn youngkin's remarks saturday evening in the richmond area. he has really focused on education in the final weeks of this campaign. he feels as though this is a message that is resonating with virg virginians. parents matter. people here telling me they feel so isolated from their schools during this time of the pandemic, and youngkin is speaking to that vulnerability. >> folks, on day one, we're going to launch the most progressive charter school within the history of virginia. choice within our school system where a child's zip code won't determine his or her destiny. >> reporter: youngkin not campaigning with high-profile republican surrogates. he says this is a virginia-focused campaign, so we won't be seeing former president donald trump, for instance with
him in the final weeks, although youngkin did stress the national implications of this race. he said what happens here will have an impact across the country. from hen rico, eva mckend, cnn. another issue that could impact the race in virginia, the state's democratic party has filed a lawsuit against the u.s. postal service. they say local branches failed to deliver and process election-related material that threatens to, quote, disenfranchise thousands of virginia voters. with election day just over a week away, democrats want a judge to force the postal service to prioritize voter mail. the postal service says it's not aware of any delays this the delivering or processing of election-related material in virginia. house lawmakers are gearing up for their interview with a critical trump administration official about the january 6th attack on the capitol. jeffrey clark 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. meanwhile, new video obtained by cnn shows one of the riot defendants speaking last month at a right-wing rally in arizona. also at that rally, more than a dozen members of the proud boys, an extremist group in which a federal judge specifically told the defendant to avoid as part of his pre-trial release. now to a story that could change the american political map. 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 is also, 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. 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 in northern california to become part of greater idaho. supporters in oregon claim their state refuses to protect its citizens from the rioting scene in portland and other law and order issues. id idaho, on the other hand, stands for more of what they see as 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? >> but earlier i spoke with juliette muso, vice dean at the university of california's vice school of public policy and an expert on secession, and i asked her whether these efforts have any chance of working. here she is. >> california counties first started talking about leaving california in 1941. but i do think that we're seeing
more of it. and i think it's a sign of the times, peartly because we're seeing increasing polar politicization, but it's also a sign of some cultural tension we're seeing between rural and urban areas, and in lots of these areas where we're seeing proposed secessions, these are actually very rural areas of the state, that really want to connect with neighboring states that are more rural and more ideologically and culturally similar. >> so you touched on this, the split between the rural and turban here. it seems, as you say, you know, rural areas feel ignored by the politicians in urban centers. so would, you know, better policy and more attention to rural issues go a long way to solving the problem? or is it just more a matter of culture, you know, conservatives hating liberals, and so on, that's at the heart of this, that no policy would squolve.
>> you know, it's interesting, i think this is really as much about political identity as it is about services or public policy. i also think it's partly about gerrymandering. you see folks in virginia, part of what's going on in -- sorry, in maryland, is that these are counties that are in gerrymandered district that's represented by a democratic member of t gehe general assemb. i do think that it is really much more about ideology and a sense of belonging. and i'm not convinced that there are political compromises that would really placate this kind of sense of alienation and resentment. >> our thanks to juliette muso for her thoughts there. coming up, as covid-19 cases soar in the uk, the government doubles down on keeping the country open for business. we're live in london after the break. plus, we're seeing empty store shelves and rising prices for everyday items, but chaos in the global supply chain is leading
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cnn's senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen, breaks it all down for us. >> the fda and the cdc have now green lit boosters for all three vaccines that are available in the u.s. pfizer, moderna, and johnson & johnson. moderna's the most recent. let's take a look at the rules at who's eligible for a moderna booster. if your eligible vaccine was moderna, you're eligible for a booster if you're at least six months past your second moderna and either you're age 65 or older or you can be any age, but a front line worker, such as a doctor or a teacher, someone who's more likely to become infected with covid-19, or people of any age with an underlying medical condition. for example, being overweight is an underlying medical condition, or having certain heart ailments. now, the fda and the cdc already okayed boosters for pfizer and
j&j recipients. so let's take a look at those. at pfizer, the same conditions are what we just laid out for moderna. for johnson & johnson, it's different. it's two months after the original shot, that's when you become eligible, and it's for all recipients. you don't have to be a certain age or have a certain medical condition. the fda and the cdc have made it clear that, yes, vaccine immunity is waning, but really, the vaccine is still quite good. it is still quite protective, will help keep you out of the hospital, will help keep you from dying of covid-19. but still for these groups, they're eligible to go out and get their boosters now. >> covid cases are surging in the uk and the prime minister is encouraging more people to get the vaccine. the 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
us from london. so, fred, while the prime minister is pushing vaccines and boosters to fight the surge, there's more and more pressure to get in place a plan "b," which would reimpose restrictions. what more can you tell us? >> there certainly is. and if you look at the data, no one calls into question how dire the situation is here in this country. the uk health secretary came out last week and he said that, first of all, yes, the country has been above 40,000 infections for really several days running. in fact, for more than a week running. he says that he fears that things could get as bad as 100,000 new daily infections as the fall and the winter progresses. and they also say that they're already at around 1,000 hospitalizations every single day. and that has led to some groups here, especially those representing the medical professions, like the national health service and the british medical association, they have come out and they have said that this plan "b," as they call it here in this country, is
something that they believe needs to be implemented immediately. they feel that there should be mask mandates in many places. there should be physical distancing, and also, possibly vaccine certificates in certain places, as well, just to try to break this new wave of covid infections that is flareally enveloping this entire country. the government says at this point in time, they don't want to initiate this plan "b." in fact, the prime minister, boris johnson, late this week, he came out and he said that he believes that while the number of infections was bad, it's still within the parameters, as he put it, of what had been expected. he did issue, as he called it, a call to arms yesterday, where he said that people should get booster shots, if they're over 50 or at risk of covid. that people who have not yet been fully vaccinated should make sure that their vaccination is complete. and also, people as young as the age as 12 should get single shots. it really seems as though the government here in london wants to try to vaccination its way out of this very dire situation that the united kingdom is currently in, kim
>> and meanwhile, the uk is hoping to give a huge boost to the tourism industry by accepting a cheaper covid test for some incoming tourists. so take us through that decision. >> you're absolutely right, it's a lateral flow test, which essentially are tests that people can do themselves. they are a lot cheaper and year to get and they certainly would make entering this country a lot more simple than it has been so far. in fact, the rules until now have been that if you want to go to the united kingdom and are fully vaccinated, what you need to do in order to be able to get on to any flight, to be able to check into your flight is you have to book a pcr test that is no later than day two after your arrival. and you have to have proof that you booked that pcr test to be able to get on the flight. that, of course, would change with these lateral flow tests which are a lot more simple. but, of course, also, in many ways, not as accurate as a full pcr test. and there are some who believe that in this current, very difficult situation, maybe that's something that might not be helpful. but of course, it does stand to
give the country a big boost in tourism, kim. >> absolutely. thanks so much, fred pleitgen in london. well, shock and outrage in ecuador after an olympic swimmer alex quinones was allegedly shot. police are investigating the shooting. another man was killed in the same location, but authorities aren't sure whether the two deaths are connected. 32-year-old quinones is considered one of the best sprinters in ecuador's history. and the most wanted drug trafficker in colombia has been captured in a joint operation with the military, colombian police apprehended the leader of the drug cartel. colombia's president calls it the hardest blow that drug trafficking has suffered in this century. journalist stefano podsbone has the latest. >> reporter: authorities announced the capture of a
powerful drug trafficker, the leader of the drug cartel. the colombian president gave the news to the nation in a televised speech, flanked by the chief of staff of the armed forces. and he kpcompared the capture t the fall of pablo escobar in the 1990s and saying otonell was the most powerful drug trafficker in the world. it's one of colombia's largest drug cartels, responsible for moving tons of cocaine out of the colombian northern area towards mexico and the united states. in recent years, this cartel has also been accused of profiting from the flow of migrants that cross the border between colombia and panama on foot.
otonell was arguably colombia's most wanted man since the end of the civil war here in 2016. for cnn, this is stefano pozzebon, bogota. a massive storm system is threatening parts of the western u.s. we'll have details on the extreme weather hitting the region this weekend after the break. plus, the majestic snowy peaks of kilimanjaro now melting at an alarming rate. we'll show you the outsized impact climate change is having on africa, when we come back. stay with us. [coins clinking in jar] ♪ you can get it if you really want it, by jimmy cliff ♪ ♪ [suitcase closing] [gusts of wind] [gusts of wind] [ding]
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millions of people in several states in the western u.s. are bracing for a major storm system. it's set to hit in the coming hours and last through monday. flood warnings are up for parts of northern california current suffering from extreme drought. let's bring in meteorologist derek van dam. derek, it sounds as though the warnings are becoming more and more urgent here. >> yeah, kim, what you'll notice
too, throughout this broadcast is it's not only the west coast that's impacted by rough weather today, it's the central u.s. and then along the east coast later this week. we've got our bomb cyclone ongoing over the western parts of the country. it's meeting the specific criteria of strengthening to be called a bomb cyclone. it's picking up the atmospheric river of moisture from the pacific ocean and translating that into significant amounts of precipitation. over the western parts of the u.s., we will be measuring snowfall neat across the sierra nevada mountain range, leading to significant travel delays, and of course, the debris flows possibility within northern and central california is very real. we have too much rain atop very scorched earth from the recent wildfires that have taken place across the state. and that will translate to the potential, at least, for debris flows. in fact, santa barbara county, in and around the burn scar area has mandatory evacuation orders, meaning that it's actually unlawful for you to stay within
that area, because there is an immediate threat to life and property. and there are several instances there where evacuation orders are underway. you can see the rain and snowfall totals here, up to 6 inches of rain for central and northern california. that will translate to localized flash flooding. and we have the potential for even over 10 inches of rain for some locations. this will all be accompanied by up to hurricane-force gusts, especially along the coast of california and into oregon, as well as washington today. look at the flash flood watches and winter storm warnings over the state of california, with again, wind gusts over 60 miles per hour, accompanying that heavy, wet snow. now, separate from that, we have our low pressure system across the central u.s. that's going to translate to an enhanced risk of severe storms today in missouri, arkansas, illinois. i'm talking to you. that same energy translates to the east coast by tomorrow. mid-atlantic states under the gun for some hefty weather and the potential for a nor'easter
developing for wednesday across the coast of new england. very active from coast to coast with weather hazards unfolding for many states. kim? >> we'll be following these throughout the weekend and the week ahead. derek van dam, thank you so much. appreciate it. for more on that link between extreme weather and climate change, let's bring in martin van olst, he's one of the thousands who will be heading to glasgow to attend the upcoming climate change conference and joins us from utrex, netherlands. thank you so much for being here with us. really appreciate it. when 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. >> reporter: thank you, yeah, this is, indeed, our daily reality here. we're seeing it in our disaster statistics globally, but particularly people at these 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. so for instance, that terrible heat wave that hit the northwestern u.s. and canada was impossible without climate change and the european floods that killed over 200 people in germany and 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? what are 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. so 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. 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 need to be prepared for these worse extremes. and that's preparing everywhere, but especially in the most vulnerable communities. >> 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. 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 very important player. so i'm still hopeful that there
is -- 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 number, but what science shows increasingly is that the further we go beyond that 1.5 degrees limit, the more -- the risks that we're already facing today will, indeed, get out of hand. >> martin von olst, director of the american red cross, red climate center, thank you so much for being with us. >> thank you very much. and we're one week out from that u.n. cop-26 climate summit, and one of the world's largest energy suppliers and polluters will be making a bold new promise. saudi arabia set a goal of net
zero carbon emissions by 2060. the crowned prince made the announcement at the saudi green initiative in riyadh. >> reporter: i announced today that the kingdom of saudi arabia aims to reach net zero in the year 2060, through the carbon circular economy approach. in line with its development plans and enabling its economic diversification and in accordance with the dynamic base line. while preserving and reinforcing the kingdom's leading role in the security and stability of global energy markets. >> the saudi-state run oil coalition produces more carbon emissions than nearly any other, pumping 60 billion tons into the atmosphere over the past 50 years. its chief executive says reaching net zero emissions will require global cooperation. >> our investment is not going to be enough. the rest of the world need to make the right investment now.
otherwise, you will end up with a global economy crisis. >> the consequences of global warming for africa will be catastrophic, with the u.n.'s climate agency saying by 2030, nearly 120 million people will face worsening drought, floods, and extreme heat. and africa's rapidly melting ice caps will signal the threat of irreversible change. cnn's eleni giokos has more. >> reporter: elephants roam the african plane against the backdrop of mt. kilimanjaro. breathtaking images that are disappearing before our eyes. the mountain's few glaciers are melting at a rate higher than the global average. and scientists say that they could be gone within two decades. >> you can see that there has been a major loss of the deice area, and also deice mess. and if the current trends
continue, we won't see any glaciers in africa in 2040s. >> a new report from the u.n.'s world meteorological organization points to africa's disproportionate vulnerability when it comes to climate change. finding that 118 million extremely poor people on the continent are threatened by intensifying effects of the warming planet. the u.n. climate agency warns that if measures aren't put in place now, many africans will be exposed to further severe droughts, floods, and extreme heat by 2030. the study draws attention to africa's increased food insecurity, poverty, and displacement last year, brought on by the climate crisis and impacts of the covid pandemic. and even though the continent accounts for just 4% of global emissions, climate change could have dire consequences for africa's economy.
>> adapting to the impacts of climate change is costing african economies an average 5% of their gdp. and if warming continues at the rates projected in this report, these costs will increase exponentially within the next decade. >> reporter: the wmo partnered with other agencies to publish their report, which comes ahead of the cop-26 climate summit in glasgow, scotland, next weekend. the authors of the report found that investing in climate adaptation to mitigate the crisis will cost 30 to $50 billion each year over the next decade. but says that it's a small price to pay compared to the even higher costs of the disaster relief, not to mention the irreversible damage the climate crisis will likely cause if nothing is done. eleni giokos, cnn. and we'll be right back. stay with us. then break it. every emergen-c gives you a potent blend of nutrients so you can emerge your best
>> reporter: staff at this new york city toy store had no idea they would be getting this delivery of books and toys today or that all of the order would be in complete. >> we're placing orders every day, constantly, as many as we can think of. one of my bigger companies, i ordered a huge order in february and it just shipped a couple of weeks ago. so it's so hard to determine when and if things are going to come. >> reporter: the enticing displays here mask an unprecedented inventory problem. many items running out. >> i have three of these. there's no more downstairs. i have three of these. there's no more downstairs. >> reporter: others in oversupply. >> i've got about 20 times that in my basement. >> reporter: and behind the scenes -- >> this is what my very messy office looks like, with shipping out to be done and shipping in to process. >> reporter: christina clark says she was warned by suppliers to stockpile ahead of the holidays. 85% of all toys sold in the u.s.
are imported, according to the toy association. and right now, the ships that carry them mostly from asia are stuck in a giant martime traffic jam. the result of surging demand as economies recover and ongoing covid-related disruptions. >> it's not just a shipping crisis affecting the toy supply chain. there's also port congestion piling on, and a shortage of truck drivers to get them to their destination. >> that combination of online shopping, covid shutdowns, resupplying things that were out of stock, and the holidays together have all combined into what, you know, really is a crisis of shipping and a crisis of consumer products. >> reporter: and it's sending costs skyrocketing. >> reporter: the average shipping container has gone from somewhere right around $3,000 to around $24,000 on the spot market. >> reporter: christina clark says many of her suppliers have raised prices twice this year, and some are now tacking on a shipping surcharge, most of
which she isn't passing on to her customers. financially, how is this affecting you? >> ha-ha! um, i just have a lot of debt. i have a huge amount of debt and hope. hope that it will be covered. >> reporter: her message to customers, start your holiday shopping now. this will not be over by christmas. clare sebastian, cnn, new york. the atlanta braves will square off with the houston astros in this year's world series. the braves beat the los angeles dodgers saturday night to clinch the national league pennant and to advance to the series. it will be atlanta's first time in the world series since 1999. houston last appeared in 2019 and won the championship in 2017. the first game of this year's series is tuesday in houston. and that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber. thanks for watching.
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good morning to you. welcome to your "new day." i'm christi paul. >> i'm ryan nobles in for boris sanchez. new details on the deadly tragedy involving a prop gun and actor alec baldwin. questions about safety on the set while the victim's sister speaks out about her death. >> this week is a critical meeting that could pave the way for younger children could get vaccinated. this is a potential maybe game changer in the fight against the pandemic. and deal or no deal, after another missed deadline, democrats hope this will be the reac