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>> welcome to al jazeera ameri america. i'm richelle carey. here are the stories we're following for you. aid is finally getting to the philippines but more needs to be done to help the 2 million people displayed by typhoon haiyan. a medical square, the outbreak of meningitis. and turning the co co2 tide. norway's maneuver to become carbon neutral. ♪ >> one week in, the official number of dead in the
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philippines has reached 3,637. the emergency supplies have started arriving at the hardest hit areas of the country. they delivered packages of food and medicine an evacuated several injured residenc reside. the philippine government said 600,000 people are homeless, and in tacloban a family of five has been living in a van since the storm destroy their house. others live in tents and others areas where they can find a place to stay. men are missing in the philippines and families sift through debris hoping for a miracle or perhaps more closure. many of the dead have been buried in mass graves. >> this is the eastern coast of
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lete just down the road from tacloban. this is a town that is right on the coast and endured the same battering. it is much less developed, and they're still waiting for aid to flood in. there is a little bit of aid coming here, but it is nowhere near enough having talked to the residents here. you can see behind me just how badly devastated the area was. what you're seeing is an area that used to be full of houses packed in close together. but made of flimsy materials, built on bamboo sticks, wicker walls, palm leaves for the roofs. they have all been destroyed. the official number for the city, for the death toll is
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around 3,000 people. but residents here have been telling me that they expect that number to go up but they think there are still bodies that may not have been found underneath all the wreckage of what used to be this vibrant neighborhood. the water, when it came up a week ago, eight days ago, from the typhoon, was 15-meters high, as high as the roofs of the cement buildings that you're finding here. what's the situation now? well, talking to this family over here, they are--the family was it willing us that they have not been able to contact their families in manila to let them know that they are okay even though they stayed down in their house while the storm was going on. because that was all their worldly possessions that they had in that house, and they wanted to keep an eye on it. he has wounds that have not been treated yet. we were able to lend him a
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little bit to help the infection from growing. but they need food, water, and they need to feel that they're not being forgotten because the mood can get pretty tense. there have been a couple of helicopters going over from the philippines air forces and from the u.s. air george washington carrier group, which are coming in large numbers to ramp up this assistance after the storm. >> reporting from tacloban, the public information officer for the united nations' office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs. thank you for your time. so it seems that over the last few days from what we're hearing from various humanitarian agency that is the relief efforts are slowly picking up. it's clear from veronica's report that there are areas that are still not getting aid. what is being done about that?
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>> there have been fundamental issues, and the government has been table overcome them with ac macassess. to them. every day we're reaching more communities that have been affected, and we're becoming more aware of areas whose needs are really quite significant. we're happying more is getting out there, and we're aware that for every community that we reach there are more that are in desperate need as your reporter just highlighted. >> is it an overstatement to say this is literally a matter of life or death. there is a waive of people who survived this storm, but that they may die waiting for help.
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if it's a matter of going days and days without clean water, that is a matter of life and death? >> for some it will be. for some people whose been injured, for some people who suffered quite traumatic injuries, it's absolutely critical that assistance reaches them very soon, and we're happy to report a couple of field hospitals have opened over the last 24 hours and have been able to start treating people who were injured in the storm. we're aware that it's critical that people have clean water. it was positive say that the water productions here in tacloban is up and running. clean water is available. unfortunately, the network has been damaged. that has been critical that that's repaired. we're aware that sanitation can present it's own risk. the longer people go without
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sanitation an clean water, the greater the december o risk of e outbreak. all of this to say there is a small relief that they felt that the operation is picking up pace. there is no time to--it's more about pushing and pushing and getting these areas wrapped up. >> how important is the coordination between all of these relief agencies to be as effective as possible? >> absolutely critical. particularly given from some remote areas are still coming in, and we're still getting an idea of the precise nature of how much people are effected, and what--we know now 3 million people are affected. that's over a huge area.
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not just tacloban, but outside of the city, east and west of the city, so we need to work very closely together. we need to work closely with the government that there is no additional aid to be duplicated. we have to be closely coordinated. we have to have a clear, strong plan to work together and reach all communities. >> mr. cochrane, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> a suicide-bomber killed six people in afghanistan today. the attack happen in the capitol of kabul near the site where thousands of tribal he willers are expected to meet next year. more than 20 people were injured in the explosion. and in libya prime minister has
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demanded all mill is as without exception leave tripoli. this comes a day after 32 people mr. killed as tripoli residentsed protested the lawlessness of militias in the city and were fired on by militias. more than 500 people were at the protest when the militia open fired using rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns. two years after the fall of qaddafi, rebels are called upon to surrender their arms. federal officials are scrambling to import an emergency vaccine from overseas. we have this report from central new jersey. >> reporter: a dangerous outbreak at princeton university. a september seventh case of mens
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been diagnosed. federal health officials are taking an unprecedent step and importing an investigational vac teen only licensed in europe and australia. >> this is one of the most dangerous diseases we know of. and so our vaccines in america actually cover all four of the strains, however at princeton they're having an outbreak of b, so that train strain b, there o vaccine in the united states. >> reporter: it can be fatal. doctors say it spreads easily. young people are at a particularly high risk. >> the risky behaviors of adolescents meaning that you share water bottles, and you have risky sexual promiscuity behaviors, those things with that intimate contact, is the cause because its spread by
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respiratory. >> reporter: they did not say when the vaccine will be rolled out on campus. saying that when they have something to announce they will make an announcement. if launched 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students at princeton could be vaccinated. erica ferrari, al jazeera. >> next up on al jazeera, a food shortage in zimbabwe means that people barely have one meal a day. and how norway is fighting to become carbon neutral despite a political set back.
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ray suarez hosts inside story next only on al jazeera america
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>> al jazeera america brings you live coverage: typhoon haiyan. >> relief efforts are well underway here in cebu. >> we have a problem with no homes to go back to. >> clean water, food, medicine, all vitally required. >> the australian medical team arrived. >> this is a government warehouse that is preparing relief for the families most effected. >> al jazeera america is there with continuing live coverage. >> the water rose to half-way up to the second story. >> to find out how you can help, go to >> a crisis in zimbabwe, the country is starving. many villagers are managing a meal a day. >> reporter: the effects of no rain and little food are starting to show.
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>> once vegetables are cooked she'll send the children to ask the neighbors for bread. >> some people give me food, some don't. there is nothing i can do. i try growing more food but it is too hot. everything just dies. >> reporter: in another village, they don't know when hope will come. they have nothing left to eat. things were bad last year but now she feels things are worst. >> i'm hungry. men have left the village. some went to find work. others gather grass for them to eat. >> reporter: farming in zimbabwe used to be so good. it was called the bread bas bref africa. and now they have to rely on food aid. >> from now up to--next year,
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there is nothing to eat. it is exhausted. >> reporter: the food crisis is caused by a number of factors, drought and political and economic instability. whenever it rains the river fills up and flows in this direction all the way to mozambique. many use the river to fish or irrigate their crops. but it's been like this to months. >> reporter: the family has taken huge risks planting now. if it doesn't rain then it will die. that means there will be nothing to eat or sell. families in the rural areas have been told by the government that help is on the way. they just don't know when it is going to reach them. >> norway is western europe's producer of oil and gas. now they're investing millions of dollars to stop the carbon emissions they're causing. >> it rises out of the ground
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like a city of steal. this is the largest industrial site in norway. and it's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, which can contribute to global warming. nestled on the site among a warren of pipes and chimneys, engine nears at this test facility are trying to work out how to best turn out the co2 tied. exhaust gasses from the power station and oil and gas refinery travel along two different pipes. then different techniques are used to strip away the co2. the gas here is released back into the atmosphere. but at a fully working plant it will be stored underground. >> the benefit is that we can take off large amounts of co2 from the production and which can store it in a safe manner. and we can take it out from the
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climate system. >> reporter: carbon capture is costly but the international energy agency believes they can reduce carbon emissions by 14%. this is a giant laboratory, but in reality, thousands of capture planting will be needed to tackle the co2 problem. some environmental campaigners believe too much weight is put on the potential of carbon capture bras it still allow us to rely on fossil fuels. but supporters say it could be part of the solution. >> we see the demand for energy is increasing so rapidly. so it's impossible for the moment to supply all of that energy with renewables. we need to bridge into the renewable future. that's why we need carbon
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capture for the next to, 40 years. >> norway's fortunes are largely rooted in its huge oil and gas reserves. the countryside close by are unlikely to escape the worse effects of any climate change. what happens at this huge site could end up being both part of the problem and solution. >> relief in spain. street cleaners have agreed to an interim deal. garbage has been piling up on the streets of madrid since thousands of union members and workers walked off the job. they've been fighting demands of 40% cut in pay and the impact from a government that has been
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forced to cut spendinge spendin. >> giant flames and ash being sent into the sky. thousands of people have been forced to evacuate, and it's erupting for the first time in three years. >> meteorologist: well, we started off with wet weather across parts of the northeast. showers wrapping up, but we're watching our nation's midsection here as the storm system starts or at least gets a little more developed later in the day. we'll be watching for the threat of strong storms. let's take you to the midwest where we're usually much colder. enjoy the mild temperatures, we do have a storm system again that is brewing, and our winds are kicking up. we'll deal a little bit in the
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way of rain and the storms will ramp up in the late part of the afternoon. note the direction, the winds are pulling up from the south bringing up that warm southerly air mass, and it will allow our temperatures to soar this time of year. as far as the rain, keep an eye to the sky and take an umbrella with you. in this area we'll be watching for the threat of severe storms overnight tonight and into parts of iowa, missouri, and illinois. this threat will work its way eastward by sunday night, but this threat will bring large hail and can'. around parts of ohio, we'll see wind systems picking up. today, not a bad day. get out and enjoy it even here in the northeast temperatures are going to rise a bit above average. we do have cold air in place.
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it's confined across the northwest, and that's where we have the snow coming down across the mountains. be careful with your travel plans on i-80 snow will make it difficult here. >> when we come back to power up a promise, a social experiment to revitalize a michigan community by banking on its up and coming students.
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power of the people until we restore our freedoms a
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>> a bomber drove a fluke another car in kabul near the sight of this week's gathering of tribal leaders.
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militia fired on protesters killing 32 using heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades against those who are calling on the rebels to disband and disarm. america's largest aquarium said that they need the animals for breeding. we have reports from atlanta. >> there are just 31 beluga wells. the georgia aquarium have four. now th the aquarium want to impt 18 of the arctic wales that were captured in russia. >> they would be split between five parks in the u.s.
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>> reporter: receiving the wales is critical for public education. >> we have to have these animals in our care moving forward so we can study them and learn everything that we need to know about them so we can take that body of knowledge and apply it to the research that we do on beluga wales in thei whales in l habitat. but their request has been denied. they are not endangered but with only 150,000 worldwide a few sub populations are protected. they were unable to determine if the import of these beluga combined with the active capture in russia would have an impact on the stock of wild beluga whales. they also determined five of the whales may have been nursing when captured. >> we have no evidence to support that claim. >> reporter: the georgia aquarium is acting on behalf of
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the entire suing. >> there is a possibility that if we don't take action now we could lose this population in human care. >> but that doesn't justify pulling more out of the wild and putting them in those conditions in which they don't thrive. >> reporter: a member of animal rights protection. the group has been a vocal opponent of the georgia request. >> we don't need them in captivity to learn about them. children in the inner city were all denied access to dinosaurs but we learn all about dinosaurs and we appreciate geology and archaeology. >> reporter: noah said it's now reviewing the complaint. if the aquarium's challenge is successful it will be the personfer mitt to import recently caught wild marine mammals in more than 20 years.
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jonathan martin, al jazeera, atlanta. >> kalamazoo, michigan, is a small city making big headlines. it's offering its students free tuition. it has been so successful that cities around the nation are trying to do the same thing. >> reporter: michigan state university freshman donny washington is already thinking about graduate school. she's part of a social experiment funded by an anonymous donor and designed to revitalize kalamazoo michigan. >> reporter: students who complete grade 9 the through 12 in kalamazoo get 65% of fees covered at any state college university. those who go through all 12 years in kalamazoo public school get a full scholarship, requirements live within the school district is no gpa requirement and the money can be used for ten years after high school graduation.
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kalamazoo has 75,000 residents. census figures show one in three live in poverty. since the promise was announced in 2005 enrollment in the district shot up 24%. as families who otherwise would have avoided kalamazoo started moving in and snatching up property. dr. janice brown says because of increased enrollment more teacher jobs were created. in the first year of the program 70% of promised students enrolled in local schools both saw a jump in tuition revenue. >> $30 million in our communities swirling around that wasn't there before. >> reporter: already more than 30 similar programs have popped up around the country, and dozens more in the works. district public schools have 26,000 studentser more than twice as many as kalamazoo. pittsburgh estimates it needs an endowment to honor the promise it made to students in 2006. the university medical center
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pledged a grant and considers the money an investment. >> many of these students are becoming nurses, doctors, human resource professionals, finance professionals. all things needed at upmc. >> reporter: but like most programs pittsburgh ultimately relies on the generosity of middle class people, not the super rich. >> some of our programs are struggling because they have these continual fund development needs. >> reporter: professor michelle miller adams wrote a book about the kalamazoo promise, and said it's still too soon to know the effects of the promise. and insist that it will show at the ten-year mark. >> i could not think of anything better than to help where i came from. >> reporter: al jazeera, kalamazoo, michigan. >> all right, thank you for watching al jazeera. i'm richelle carey in new york. inside story is next with updates throughout the day check
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out our website at [ "inside story." >> hello, i'm ray suarez. it didn't take long for the finger pointing to begin after talks collapsed in geneva this week. iran insisted it was negotiating and progress had been made. the secretary of state john kerry, on the other hand, said iran couldn't agree to terms. it's just the latest in the difficult talks meant to keep iran from building a nuclear weapon.


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