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i just have to get over this. >> and that's all for this edition of "dateline." i'm craig melvin. thank you for watching. first up on msnbc. the olympics are under way after a scaled back opening ceremony, but the delayed games are already off to a chaotic start with more athletes testing positive for covid and the first match being canceled. we'll talk to one vaccinated players who games were cut short. >> i'm glad i took every possible measure i could to make sure that i had the best chance
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to compete. weekend drama over which house member could be next. >> at no time in the history of a select committee of america as to what had speaker pelosi done ever happened before. the idea that she's going to pick and choose? you're not going to get an outcome. more violence in d.c. this week after a shooting on one of the city's busiest strips, and as crime steadily rises across the country, tension is growing over how to curb the violence. >> it's happened where people can't sit down or walk down the street with their kids, that's when people start to speak up about the issue. >> i've been talking to residents along the way, and people are mad as hell right now, and i don't blame them. i am too. and extreme weather taking over the country. historic fires, heatwaves a md floods. more storms and heat set to come
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this weekend. is the worst yet to come? all righting good morning, everybody. it's saturday, july 24th. the olympics are here? the olympics are here. it's like the lauryn hill olympics. i'm kendis gibson. sorry, lauryn. >> first lady jill biden is overseas participating with the american delegation and she met with the french president emmanuel macron for the opening ceremony. >> it is the cauldron, the olympic flame that was lit by naomi osaka, which was a wonderful moment yesterday to watch all of that, and also this is the rainbow bridge as they call it in tokyo.
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>> the rings where the opening ceremony is taking place. >> it's sunrise here in the u.s., but the sun is setting on the first full day of the pandemic-delayed olympics. >> here's a new number. at least 127 people linked to the olympics have tested positive. one match has been canceled. a tropical storm is now threatening to disrupt the competition. >> cicadas are going to be there. stephanie gosk has more. good morning to you. >> reporter: it hardly seems fair, right? this country grappling with the pandemic, having to delay the games for a year, and now a possible cyclone? well, right now it's a tropical storm. if it does strengthen and come
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here, it will reach tokyo on tuesday or skirt it. but they're already concerned about some of the effects. they're rescheduling the rowing that was supposed to begin on monday. they're now going to row tomorrow instead. you know, the forecast is still uncertain as these storms are, but there are some growing concerns. back on that -- on the issue of covid, which will continue to be a story throughout these games, you mentioned the number 127, and i keep on reminding people that it's important to put this in context with the thousands of people that are credited for these games. so that's 127 among the tens of thousands of people that have accreditation for the games. the positivity rate within that group then is really low. less than 0.2%. so we haven't seen the kind of spike that officials were concerned about. there is one small pocket with a
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czech republic team that has drawn some concern. they're investigating a possible charter flight problem. they flew over here. the local press says a doctor onboard that flight was not vaccinated and may have spread the virus to a number of coaches and athletes on that flight. among them, the beach volleyball players who say they couldn't compete today and they had to forfeit their match. this really could be the beginning of, you know, a string of competitions that are affected because of covid. people certainly have their eyes open. but, you know, the competitions began today. 23 sports, 11 gold medals. the first one was give on the a chinese shooter, one gold. china that's won a couple of golds today. jill biden is going to see a couple of events including soccer match. the u.s. women's team has to kind of redeem themselves.
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they lost the other. guys? >> i know you're only allowed to leave your hotel for a 15-minute walk every day. how many more days till you can explore tokyo a little bit? >> i wish it was right now to be honest. i have this beautiful view over my shoulder. all i want to do is go find some restaurants and walk the streets. unfortunately i can't. understandably, i get it. i have another week on a quarantine. i had an opportunity go on a boat tour that was government-sponsored. they've done a couple of those for the media who are quarantined. we get it. we understand the restrictions. they want to keep everyone as safe as possible. even though i want to get sushi. >> you're quarantined but not in a prison. you're not stuck in one location. great to hear at least. >> true. >> stephanie gosk, thanks so much. joining us now is somebody who knows the struggles here and
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the shadow the covid is playing too well. as a vaccinated person in japan, he caught covid. taylor, first to you, i can't imagine how disappointed you are. you're wapping the opening ceremony in quarantine. areasymptomatic? and what happens, and how are you feeling about all of this? >> well, obviously i'm devastated. that's the biggest one. i tried to take all the right steps to get me here and to get me here safely and to be able to perform and go out for my country, but i guess that's how -- this is the hand i was dealt, and i'm trying to deal with it as best as i can. i've had a tremendous amount of support from obviously my family and friends, but all my fans have been a big help.
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>> taylor, we know you're devastated. we can only imagine the level of devastation. you have been so brave in saying you're going to support your partner in whatever way you can from the sidelines, but take us back to how all of this happened. obviously you were vaccinated. when did you get tested and when did you find out, and when you first found out about the positive test, what were the emotions you went through? >> four and three days before we flew, we had to get tested. they were negative. my first test is when i landed in japan at the airport, and they actually didn't tell me right away. they looked at me, asked me my name, and they separated me from everyone else while we were getting our bags. right then when they separated me, i was in disbelief. i knew that was kind of the reason why, but they never told me you tested positive.
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it kind of took them about, i think, an hour to actually tell me i was positive. then they took me to the village at a fever clinic to get a pcr test, and that one was positive too. and then since then i've been in isolation. >> taylor, you've been training and waiting for this for five years, you dealt with the pandemic and quarantine and still keeping up -- being olympics-ready. do you have any resentment about the fact that the games are going on when it feels like one athlete after another match after match are being impacted by this? >> i mean no matter what you believe, that's my brother. i love him for having my back. i need that support right now.
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this is uncharted waters for everybody. nobody knows how go about this really. everyone is trying their best. i want to thank japan and the ioc for continuing on with this and trying their best to keep us all healthy and safe. >> taylor, hang on right there, because i do want to bring into the conversation ken belsin. do you kind of -- do you think they regret the decision at this point? >> i think they should. i think that the vaccines have proven in a wide number of settings to be effective. it ontario takes one person to spread the risk. i don't know how they would have done it with the number of countries, but it should have been a fairly low bar. they could have acquired more
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vaccines on their own and distributed them much earlier in the process, and unfortunately we're now paying the price for it. >> ken, stephanie walked us through some of it. beach volleyball, they have at least four positive cases on their team. do you anticipate this happening more and more, and how ultimately could that impact the games? >> this is unusual. when everybody came back from around the country, it's natural to see a lot of cases at the beginning. the problem with the olympics is the events are happening in staggered format. if you're not ready in the first three or four days, that's it. there's no long season to recover. people will unfortunately -- i went to weight lifting, they have literally two hours to
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participate in the olympics and go home. if they can't participate in that two-hour window, they're done. that's an unfortunate consequence. there's nothing they can do it. that's the way the olympics are structure. it raises the stakes. >> ken, really quickly we have so many issues with these games. we hear there's a typhoon headed toward tokyo. are these games just cursed? >> it's been an unfortunate cascade of events. they decided to hold the tournament in the sum eric and we just finished the rainy season here, and this is what's going to happen. the olympics back in 1964 was in october, which is actually one of the nicest months in the year. they'll elected not do that. this is what happens when you put it in this time period. >> taylor, one more question to you. any more final thoughts you want to share? now is the time. taylor, we just heard ken say,
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for weight lifters, you have two hours and that's it. is that the case for you? basically to medal is over? >> i'm completely out of the games now. beach volleyball goes the whole length of the olympics, but our preliminary rounds are only one week. i had to make the decision whether i thought i could pass a negative test or sub myself out for someone who could play and my partners would get a chance to still play in the olympics. i didn't know if i could pass the test and make a negative, so i decided to pull myself out and let my team continue and put someone else in my spot. >> what a selfless agonizing decision. >> taylor, we're thinking of you. it's so, so incredibly sad. you're still young. you can make it to paris three
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years from now. but in the meantime we'll be rooting for jake and team usa against italy. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. thanks, ken. >> taylor crabb and ken belson. we have dr. irwin redlener. thank you for being here. should players like taylor who you hust just now who are asymptomatic be allowed to play? it's probably as good if not better than a covid asymptomatic player. >> well, it's a tough call. it's heartbreaking to hear a player who's been training all these years and this is the ultimate activity they want to do, and they've been so prepped for physically and mentally. this is a blow.
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but at the end of the day from a public health point of view, we have to isolate and separate people who are covid-positive testing, even if the at the moment they're asymptomatic. the reason is they can still transmit the virus to other people unfortunately. >> doctor, team usa's doc has revealed that 100 of the 613 athletes are still not vaccinated. it is a higher vaccination rate than the national average, but does that number still concern you, and does that put other athletes at risk? >> well, it considers me a lot and the reason is we should not be having events or opening up businesses or other kinds of organizational activities without having mandated vaccine and being able to establish that and prove it.
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the problem is the states are not requiring people to be vaccinated and they are allowing people to go back to work. i think that's a big mistake. especially with the olympics, when you have coaches and a huge number of people supporting the teams, coming into tokyo, gathering together in one place, no one should have been allowed anywhere near the olympic village without having to prove they are vaccinated. it's unfortunate, but here we're in a situation that could have been avoided in my opinion. >> doctor, back here in the u.s., the delta variant is ripping through states. a new model says we could be seeing triple the daily death rates we're seeing by mid-october that we're seeing now. do you think the cdc needs to impose the mask requirements? >> the cdc and the federal government has a great deal of difficulty actually imposing from washington, d.c., a mandate in the country because really
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those are decisions that are up to states and individual organizations. so this goes for every guideline that the cdc puts out. they're guidelines, advice. they're not mandates. i think now it's up to states and mandates to say you can't come in the door unless you're vaccinated. that's what as a public health person, as a doctor i would recommend going forward, and maybe we'll be able to overt some of those dire predictions of the models that might manifest in october or even november. >> those models have been fairly precise for much of the last 18 months. >> dr. redlener, thank you for your time. >> i think it is up to the vanillas. we've implemented it at my household, mask again, literally
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in my house. we brought it back because those breakthrough cases are scary. >> yes, definitely. still, lots to come. nancy pelosi going to war with the gop after blocking kevin mccarthy's picked for the gop committee. who will win in the search for truth? our panelists have some thoughts. >> coming up on ""cross connection,"" stacey plaskett and joaquin castro join tiffany cross. flooding and roads no longer sustainable. we're going to dive into that in a little bit. ive into that in a little bit paper tickets. we're off to a horrible start. ...but we can overcome it. we're not gonna point out our houses, landmarks, or major highways during takeoff. don't buy anything. i packed so many delicious snacks. -they're -- -nope.
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we're back now. our focus on capitol hill. the house select committee, it's moving forward with its first public hearing on tuesday without any members nominated by republicans. >> speaker pelosi rejected to
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two republican picks by kevin mccarthy, prompting the minority leader to pull all of his picks and essentially boycott the committee. but nancy pelosi may be looking at new ones. speaker pelosi is floating the idea of adding republican congressman adam kinzinger as a member, also former republican congressman riggleman from virginia as an adviser. what is happening and what can we expect from the first hearing this week? >> reporter: good morning, guys. like you mentioned, speaker pelosi now has room to add more republican members if she wanted to because republican leader mccarthy pulled all of his picks when speaker pelosi rejected jim jordan and jim banks, two of former president trump's fiercest allies for their role in the january 6th insurrection. speaker pelosi has not revealed her cards.
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she met with denver riggleman, the former republican from virginia. he told reporters when he met with her he would be honored to serve as an adviser if she asked. she has not revealed her cards on either of those picks. this all comes as we gear up for the hearing on tuesday. going to be an eight-member panel as it stands now. all democrats and liz cheney named to the committee. all republicans she's submitted have a common theme. they were critics of donald trump and voted to impeach him right after that. so as this hearing comes along on tuesday, we're going to hear from four officers who were here on this day defending the capitol. this comes as they have a new boss, a new chief of capitol police. he was sworn in yesterday, tom manger. we spoke with him. take a listen >> i was enjoying retirement,
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and if you asked me on january 5th do, you want to be a police chief again, i would be, no, i'm fine. january 6th changed that. i was riveted to the television, what was going on here, and it was the first time since i had been retired that i wished i was not retired. >> now, manger has a big job. he supports the testimony of the four officers on tuesday. he wants them to be heard and he wants them to speak out at tuesday's hearing. i was texting with one of them overnight. he told me he's a full bag of emotions as he prepares his testimony. he's still recovering from his physical injuries and hasn't been able to make a full return here on capitol hill. guys? >> just incredible. tell us a little more about some of those texts you just got in terms of emotion.
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>> reporter: those four officers, many of them have spoken out before. they've been on tv. they've shared their stories, but this is different. it's the first time they're going to be testifying at a hearing. their testimony is not ready. the one i was texting with told me he's not ready. we saw them as they walked out of the building. they're really, really nervous to tell their story and be in a public setting for the first time. he said he was a full bag of emotions. many of these officers returned to work. some of them returned and had to go back on leave not only because of the emotional stress they're under, but the physical injuries they faced, being pushed and crushed that day. guys? >> just incredible.
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julie tsirkin. thank you. joining me now are our guests. speaker pelosi has said she made the decision to reject those two members in part with respect for the integrity of the investigation and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these members. representative liz cheney told reporters that reps jordan and banks essentially disqualified themselves. do you agree? >> i do. she needed to protect the integrity of this process. they were witnesses. they should be subpoenaed to testify before the select committee because they were part of meetings heading into the january 6th insurrection, talking about ways to try to overturn the election results.
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this has been part of the process. kevin mccarthy in selecting the five he's selected, he wanted it to be successful. as we're moving forward, we know that we may have other members of the republican party join on the select committee, but it's, again, against kevin mccarthy's choices. i think speaker pelosi made the right choice here by saying the republicans can go their own way. we will have liz cheney. we can potentially have adam kinzinger, and those are people who will be actually interested in finding the truth. >> so, cynthia, trump called the
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crowd who gathered that day in the january 6th riot loving in an audio clip of two authors who wrote the book, "i alone can fix it." >> it was a loving crowd. i've heard many m people tell me, that was a loving crowd. you know, it was too bad. it was too bad that they did that. >> let's talk about the testimony here from the police officers. we heard julie say she was texting with one of them about all of the emotion that's going to go into it. how crucial will their testimony be? >> well, i think it sets the stage, right? it creates the video. it puts to bed the lie that
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everybody was loving. it begins the process. the real crux of this, though, most people realize they were not loving. most people realize those police officers were beaten and attacked and hit with sticks and bear spray. most thinking people know that. but it does lay the foundation and provide the video to december emanate that information. but the key in this -- the key in this investigation is how did they get there? why did they get there? who asked them to get there? who paid for them to get there? who paid for them to stay that day? who paid for the bear spray? did they get organized before? those are questions that are more important, but a foundation is important as well and that begins this week. >> cynthia, if you turn to mainstream channels, they don't necessarily agree with the fact that day was violent, even though we have video and testimony to refute that. before we let cynthia go, i want to turn to tom barrack.
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he ran the inaugural committee. he's acting as an unregistered agent. he's expected to plead not guilty. but if you take a look at this here, bare rack is the 11th trump associate to be charged with a federal crime since trump declared his candidacy in 2015. tell nikolai, cynthia, trump is the victim since barrack is accused of spilling u.s. secrets. could it spell any trouble for trump? >> i don't think it does. he's basically charged with, you know, being a spy. he's charged with an espionage light charge. you're right. essentially the white house and the united states government and trump are the victims of that, that he was a spy for the united arab emirates.
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i don't think he's going to try to deal some other secrets. they've certainly been in discussions with the fbi for a couple of years, so i don't think it does spell trouble for trump, no, i do not. >> cynthia alksne and alaina beverly, thank you. people were running for their lives as gunshots ring out nearby. despite that, across the country, one thing a big city police chief says is to blame for the violence. ef says is to for the violence remember it's a business dinner not a costume party. on a spotty network this is what she heard... just wear something crazy, remember it's a costume party. a costume party!? yes! anybody want to split a turkey leg?
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there are no more recovery cruise at the surfside site. members of the miami-dade fire search & rescue were honored at a ceremony.
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the site itself has been swept flat. forensic scientists will continue to study the debris. dozens of diners were running for cover after gunmen started shooting on one of the busiest streets in the city of d.c. it's the latest in a string of incidents. gun crime surging across the country this week. nbc's tom costello with the story. >> reporter: on the streets of washington, a burst of gunfire. restaurant customers running for cover. two victims down, one thought to be targeted, the other, an innocent bystander. both survived. police say the suspects who jumped into a getaway car, still missing. the evidence is still on the street. the broken glass, evidence paint, and the blood and bandages medics used to save the victims. washington is reeling from gun violence. over the weekend baseball
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players and fans ran at a shooting at a nasals ballpark. a 6-year-old was killed in a drive-by. murders are up this year after a dramatic 19% jump last year. >> i see people doing violent crimes and i see them back in my community months later, and it breaks my heart. >> reporter: the police chief walking the neighborhood. >> i've been talking to residents along the way, and people are really mad as hell right now. i don't blame them. i am too. >> reporter: it's happening nationwide. philadelphia on pace for its most murders ever. jackson, mississippi, likely to set another record. portland, oregon, reporting a pandemic of gun violence. in chicago, 50 shot, 11 last weekend. what's behind the surge? experts cite the pent-up
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frustration over covid, more guns, less cops, all of that fueling america's summer of violence. >> our thanks to tom and the police chief, by the way, in d.c., who also said they connect the surge in crimes to marijuana and said it's something residents need to look at right now. they seem to feel there's some sort of drug war taking place even though it's legalized in the city. >> oh, wow. coming up, trump launching into campaign mode. the first pivotal test for his agenda, of course, post-trump. are voters buying what he's selling? and jasmine crockett joins velshi live on voting rights. watch "velshi" later on msnbc. a. and one we explore. one that's been paved and one that's forever wild.
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[lazer beam and sizzling sounds] ♪♪ welcome back. president biden is back on the campaign trial. mr. biden traveling to virginia, speaking at a rally in support of democratic nominee for governor terry mcauliffe. the appearance serving as a pivotal test of the president's political clout ahead of the 2021/2022 elections. nbc senior white house reporter shannon pettypiece has more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we're finally seeing president biden out on the campaign trail. i guess i shouldn't say finally.
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we're only six months in. but the way politics works these days, campaigning and the midterm elections really starts the day the president goes into office. we're seeing president biden out there. this virginia race, you know, is quite notable. while virginia has been a pretty solidly blue state recently, sort of making that shift from red to purple to blue, typically in these off-year elections, the petr that controls the white house does worse. so that's why you're particularly seeing president biden coming out here in virginia and campaigning for mccollough. but this is not the last we're going to see by any means of the president on the campaign trail. heading into 2022, the white house and white house officials are very aware that come the midterm elections like off-year elections, the party that controls the white house often fairs rather poorly. we have seen that, you know, with former president trump,
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with former president obama, and there's an anticipation the democrats could lose the razor thin margin they have in the white house. the mentioning they hope going into the midterms is going to be showing the infrastructure plan they can get through, showing the president's accomplishments with covid and covid relief package, but a lot depends on what's going to happen the next couple of months in washington in congress with regards to these big spending proposals the president has as to whether or not he's going to have that as a tool to sell going into the midterm elections. >> shannon, both kendis and i notice there's a light on you or sunrise. it's beautiful. you say finally we're six months in. but you get into office and it starts right up again. very little time to get things done. shannon pettypiece, thank you so much. coming up right now, smoke from the western wildfires making its way across the country, all the way to the east
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as firefighters battle multiple wildfires on the west coast, they're also erupting around the world. >> known to have the world's coldest temperatures, some are under a state of emergency with fires burning more than 30,000 square miles, the region experiencing some of the warmest driest temperatures in more than a century. joining us now from london a reporter. the temperatures i saw today, in the 80s. what's happening there? >> reporter: good morning, kendis. it certainly is one of the chilliest parts of the planet. p it's often considered the coldest city.
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that's why firefighters are alarmed by the intensity and frequency, which they say is a direct result of climate change. they point out that the land in that region has never been this dry in 150 years. the average temperatures there are way above what they should be for this time of year, and that's causing the permafrost to melt, which is fueling these fires. and, of course, kendis, these kinds of disasters go hand in hand. as the fires rage, the forest keeps shrinking, which means it can't mature. it has a devastating impact on the ecosystem. and, of course, those flames are emitting very harmful carbon emissions that is making air quality in that region dangerously poor both for people and for wildlife. >> we also saw some devastating flooding in germany earlier this week and, of course, china, some horrific images coming out of
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there. how likely are they to recover, and will they see this type of flooding again in the near future? >> reporter: that's right. they're still reeling from the catastrophic devastation in germany and china. they're trying to recover and rebuild after entire villages in germany look like they were washed away by the floods. in china, there's very distressing images of people trapped in submerged subway stations, calling out for help while roads outside have been turned into raging rivers that were gobbling up cars. that, again, scientists say is global warming. more specifically is the dramatically raising temperatures in the arctic. that's decelerating high winds there like jet stream winds, which is causing storms like the one we've seen in china and europe to move much more slowly, dumping an intense amount of
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rain in a very concentrated area, causing, you know, these dramatic floods. and scientists say, look, if something isn't done very quickly to tackle these floods to deal with this devastating climate regular factor in all of our lives, cities and villages that are coastal will disappear and this is a problem that needs to be tackled straight away, and not put on the back burner. already, the weather forecast is not good for china and europe in the next couple of days. more rain is forecast. here in the uk where i am, you know, last week the weather was up in the high 80s, early 90s. now it's back down in the 60s. a lot of rain is forecast for the next few days. that's just not normal. >> not at all. many of these buildings and structures over there in germany surviving several world wars but didn't stand a shot at mother nature in 2021.
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thank you for joining us from london. joining us is a professor of atmospheric science at texas a&m university, andrew dessler. this is the second year in a row, as far as the situation here in the u.s., smoke from the west that has traveled all the way to the east coast between the constant massive wildfires and now the worsening air quality will this be the new norm? same questions that was posed by ali just there. >> yeah, you know, we've had about one degree celsius, two degrees fahrenheit of warming so unfortunately this is not the new normal. the new normal is a lot worse than this. the warming is going to continue. and it's going to continue until we take action. and so, you know, this is a small preview of what's going to come. >> okay, well action is obviously not necessarily being taken, as you mentioned it is a political thing. but you also mentioned that if there is no action this world
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could turn into sort of like a mad max landscape, post apocalyptic wasteland of deserts. why do you say that? >> well, you know, scientists have been predicting for the last 50 years that if we keep dumping carbon into the atmosphere we're going to get more extreme heat waves, more extreme precipitation events, sea level rise, ocean syndication and then all of the knock on effects from that. people say we'll adapt but there's so many things we have to adapt to. you have to adapt to smoke, you have to adapt to extreme storms like hurricanes. and it's not going to be easy and it's going to cost a huge amount of money, and that money is going to come from our pockets. and so we're going to end up in this world with this degraded environment and a world in which we are a lot poorer in because we're spending all of our money trying to stay alive, rebuilding infrastructure, running our air conditioners. we're not going to have money to do the other things. it's hoovering money out of our
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pockets if we don't take action now. we can solve this problem. >> so a lot of people are going to say, hey, listen, it is late july, heat happens. on top of the wildfires there is, however, another heat wave that's heading for the great plains, midwest and parts of the east next week, bringing temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above average, this follows of course that heat wave in the northwest that killed nearly 200 people in oregon and washington. is climate change making these heat waves more deadly? >> yeah, absolutely. so one of the most confident conclusions we can draw from climate change is that heat waves are going to get worse. so we can be 100% certain that every time you see a heat wave now, climate change has made it worse than it would have been. and the impacts of this are not what we -- what we call linear. it's not like every degree of warming gives you a very small amount of impact.
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what happens is, the warming occurs, and then it really doesn't have much of an effect until it passes a threshold. when it passes a threshold, the impacts get much, much worse. and as a world we're passing these thresholds right now where the impacts of climate change are subtly looking a lot worse because they're passing the ability of our infrastructure to handle them. >> and andrew, really quickly here, curious about one thing, obviously all over the world places are building new subways, and there have been subways built for hundreds, for more than a hundred years. if you're a person, what should you do if you're in a city and that's your main mode of transportation? these subways are increasingly turning into death traps. how do we avoid being in a situation like this, given the sort of climate that we live in? >> yeah, i mean, as an individual i don't know that there's a lot you can do, but i do think that the cities have to
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take climate change into account when they build anything that's going to last for decades or a century because climate's changing, the world's changing, you cannot build infrastructure for the past century, which is unfortunately what's happening. they look at the rainfalls of the last 50 years and say, okay, well, this is what we have to deal with. that's not what you have to deal with. you have to deal with something much worse. because the next 50 years is not going to be the same as the last 50 years. >> all right. we're going to leave it there. andrew dessler, thank you so much. all right, maybe with all of that news here on earth we should go to space. millionaire -- the millionaire space race just reached a whole new level. elon musk getting into the fray, securing funding for a new project. we'll tell you the plan. in our next half hour, one coach quits over the nfl's new vaccine regulations. the league saying it would force teams to forfeit games if they're unvaccinated athletes cause outbreaks.
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will players double down, or change their minds? and right now, a plug for our twitter page, follow us at msnbc weekends, tweet us what planet you all would like to live on. we'd like to hear from you, and welcome kendis back as well after a much deserved weekend off. >> this is a big day for my country of belize. big day. as we look at the medal count. >> what? >> yes, china's on top. ecuador is on number two. and iran and south korea. but belize is tied with the usa for the most medals in the olympics right now. >> okay, are we going to have to keep checking every day to see belize versus the u.s.? the numbers might change. >> just give us this day. >> woo hoo.
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