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the inferksctions are spreag quickly and rising rapidly. >> a fuel in coronavirus cases. >> we're particularly worried about those who are in that unvaccinated class. those are the most vulnerable ones. >> and a carnival cruise ship returns to miami packed with passengers and new cases of the coronavirus. >> there is a lot about this moment that is frustrating but we have the power today to have an impact on tomorrow. remembering archbishop desmon tutu. >> we either survive together or we'll be dammed together. >> looking back at the noble prize winning life on a towering figure on the right for human rights. hi, everyone, i'm amara
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walker. pamela brown has the evening off. you're live in the cnn newsroom. millions of people around the world right now spending this christmas weekend gathered with friends and family but the coronavirus is taking no time off this holiday season. as new infections race toward record highs across the united states. new cases have already surpassed the summer surge fueled by the delta variant and hospitalizations are beginning to creep up, as well. the highly transmissible omicron variant spreading and vaccinated or not aaa estimates 109 million people will travel between christmas and january 2nd. that's a lot of people. all of that increased movement sparking a lot of concerns as we see long lines at testing sites across the nation. one bright spot dr. anthony fauci says, testing will get better in january. now, covid concerns have forced officials to cancel two college
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football bowl games, the military bowl and fenway bowl will not be played despite these set backs, some leading health public health officials are optimistic about the new year. >> yeah, i think it is definitely the year we get this under control. let me explain why. this holiday season no one thinks this is the holiday season we were hoping for but contrast it to last year. it's so much better. well, next holiday season, i doubt covid will be completely gone. actually, it won't be gone. it will be around but much, much better than this year because while the virus continues to change, so do we. >> well, covid also means not so smooth sailing for cruise lines right now. one example a carnival cruise ship docking after an eight-day voyage after people on board tested positive for covid. alison joining me now with more. alison, do we have a sense of how hard the industry is being
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affected right now? >> one thing covid is disrupting the cruise line industry. four ships were turned away from ports of call and passengers prohibited from embarking. there are measures in place to minimize outbreaks and cases did still continue to happen. case in point in august, 27 people tested positive on a carnival cruise. those passengers were isolated. other passengers were tested and with proof of a negative test were allowed to disembark. different story with the omicron variant. the spread of the variant may shape how some destination authorities view a small number of cases.
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now, you mentioned the carnival cruise ship freedom at the top and that cruise ship as you said docked as planned in miami this morning. it did have a small number, according to carnival of covid-19 cases on board and some passengers talking after they got off that ship talked about very different experiences on that boat. listen to this. >> we've heard varying stories. we've heard five, 12, 25. >> they quarantined them. i mean, it was safe. we had a good time. we'll do it again. >> i couldn't even go in the pool the whole time. we didn't touch one pool on that ship because everyone is in there all over each other. nobody is wearing masks. it was disgusting. nobody cared. >> now the disruptions were different than march 2020 when the industry had to shut down and weeks where passengers and crew had to fight the right port to get off the ship because of
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the covid outbreaks on board. >> alison, appreciate your reporting from new york. thank you so much. so, as the omicron variant sweeps the country, of course, one of the critical questions to ask is can this nation's health care system weather yet another crisis of increased cases and hospitalizations? dr. esther chu joining me. good to see you again dr. chu. the last time i spoke to you was right before christmas and you said you'll test people at the door and that inspired us to do the same thing before our small gathering. how do your christmas turn out i was curious to ask? >> yeah, i did the same thing we discussed. we had a small number of guests at my house. we had people show up in masks and tested them as they walked in the door. we detected one covid case and it was so heartbreaking but we had to turn away a family member. they couldn't come in and spend
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christmas with their family. i also had two very good friends from college who did the same thing as they were about to head out to see their family members they haven't seen for months. they tested positive in new york and washington d.c. where cases are really surging and unsurprisingly, were positive and they stayed home. both disappointing and heartbreaking but certainly saved friends and family members from being additional covid positive cases. >> yeah. it is heartbreaking. i mean, it's awful to have to turn away a family member, right? but also the flip side is it is relieving because you're able to have a safe gathering. we're talking about the health care system able to sustain this surge. i mean, what are you seeing where you are? >> well, this is just one of the most stressful and discouraging times for us in the hospital because we never really
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recovered from the previous surge. there is so much health care that we're providing from people that delayed their care during previous surges because of covid. there are so many delayed surgeries and treatments and on top of that, we had so many health care workers quit during the past two years. you know, we lost about 20% of our health care work force and that hemorrhage out of this work force continues and so we're short staffed and that means we have beds but they're not staffed beds. we simply cannot accommodate much more. patients that would be in the hospital are staying in the e.r. and patients in the e.r. are seen in the triage and waiting room. no matter the surge, even if it's much milder and it doesn't create as many cases, whatever cases it causes is causing us to be more crowded and we are less able to give good care. on top of that, omicron is spreading so rapidly, health care workers are still getting
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sick so our work force is contracting before our very eyes as we need more of it so just a really difficult time in hospitals and this is why we ask people, you may feel like it's so hard, again, to be careful with your behaviors but every single little bit that people do that keeps them away from the health care system helps us simply get through and give care to people that have any kind of emergencies, whether covid or something else. >> doctors are humans, too. you have families. you want to go home at the end of the day and not have to work a 20-hour shift. listen, i've talked to physicians and colleagues because my husband is also in the health care industry and they've told me off the record that this time around, they're angry. last year they weren't so much because there were novak no vaccinations but now they're seeing people that are unvaccinated flooding hospitals. is that what you're hearing and what kind of burnout rate are you seeing against fellow doctors and nurses and health care staff? >> it's really unprecedented. remember, we went into the
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pandemic with high rates of burnout and now it's beyond anything we've recognized. we used to call it burnout and moral injury and exhaustion beyond what people can capture. it beyond to push through extra shifts and long hours and high volumes and what feels like not our best care or sometimes not even safe care but to do that day in and out and see people come in who are like it wasn't important enough for me to get vaccinated or suggest we're pushing something on them for al motives. the suicide rate for female nurses is more than twice that of the general population of women. they're right at the bedside with patients. they've seen so much. they've all lost colleagues.
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it's beyond. it's so hard to envision what is happening inside the hospital if they're not inside it but it been stretched so far beyond the limits it's hard to imagine having to deal with another surge. >> that's awful. i'm so sorry you had to deal with suicide during this pandemic. my heart goes out to you and the families. thank you so much for advice. happy new year to you. >> thank you. appreciate you. a truck driver faces 110 years in prison for killing four people in an accident where he says his brakes failed. now, a colorado district attorney wants a judge to shorten that sentence. cnn legal analyst joey jackson will break it down next. plus, time is running out on democrats if they want to pass meaningful legislation on things like voting rights right before the midterm elections. our panel will weigh in.
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nearly 5 million people have now signed a petition imploring a judge to grant clemen secy fo colorado truck driver sentenced to 110 years in prison for a deadly crash. he was driving 85 miles per hour in a tractor trailer when his brakes failed. it led to a fiery 28-care pileup that killed four people. he was convicted of two dozen charges in the wreck but now the same d.a. that brought the charges is asking the court to reconsider the sentence. lucy has more. >> reporter: that's right. the district attorney is asking the court to reconsider that lengthy 110-year prison sentence potentially reducing it to 20 or 30 years. now just a reminder, viewers, the driver was 23 years at the time of the incident driving an 85 miles an hour. hiss brakes failed.
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he was convicted of vehicular homicide amongst other charges. the d.a. is not looking to overturn the conviction. in fact, alexis king the d.a. said in a statement that he made multiple active choices that resulted in the death of four people and serious injury to others adding the shorter sentence reflects an appropriate outcome for the conduct. a colorado mandatory minimum sentencing laws require sentences to be served consecutively rather than concurrently which is how he's sentenced to more than a century behind bars. the judge said if i had the discretion it would not be my sentence. some colorado law makers calling for legal reforms. take a listen. >> our system here created a situation where a judge at their own discretion that doesn't want to issue a sentence has to. what we hope to achieve is reforms. that's really what this is about. we have to reform a system that
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is creating a situation where we are creating more victims of our justice system. we have to do that now. >> reporter: he was emotional during the sentencing saying he did not intend to hurt anyone. this case sparked outrage both in the u.s. and abroad. nearly 5 million people signing a petition urging the colorado governor to either reduce or overturn the sentence, even kim kardashian got involved tweeting about the need to overhaul these laws. the governor's office, the colorado governor's office meanwhile telling cnn they are reviewing the clemency request. amara. >> thank you. joey jackson joining me to discuss. in this colorado truck driver case as you heard, the judge's hands were tied by mandatory minimums of sentencing. you heard him say that. what does this say about the justice system? >> good to be with you. what happens is the laws need to reflect the values of the
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community and when they offend those notions of values in justice, people get upset, concerned and do something about it. that's why we have this petition. now make no mistake about it, every jurisdiction that we state is entitled to create their own laws. you have a governor and sl legislature that does that. the laws can't be so over blown people say what are you doing here? let's talk for a minute. there are sometimes people get killed and as a result of that, it's because of somebody did it intentionally. they did it because they premeditated and it did it based on deliberation. that's most harsh and you get to other conduct like recklessness. you weave in and out of traffic. you know consciously that something could occur and you do it anyway. that's recklessness and punished less and you have carelessness, texting, looking down, not paying attention, someone dies and that's the worst of all. when you have a situation like
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this where people lost their lives, yes, they did, but there are other issues at stake, this wasn't done intentionally. there are indications that the brakes were faulty. there are indications there was just a loss of control, yes, he could have done something about it. there was a safe harbor. he could have gotten off the exist before it was designed specifically for that. there was a trial the jury concluded he was guilty but is this worth 110 years and should we briefly have mandatory minimums? the judge has zero discretion and means based upon the law, you're convicted you do the sentence. then it says not only are we going to have mandatory minimums but we're going to notrent time. if you have 24 counts, we'll sentence you for four years on one and tack on another four and another four and another four et cetera until it becomes 110 years so people are saying this is outrageous. we want to do something about it. they failed for clemency with the governor, the district attorney involved and that's
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what the sentencing hearing is about tomorrow. it's about the interest of justice. it's about the extenuating and unusual circumstances here that they want a reduction in this sentence and at the end of the day, if it doesn't make sense as this one doesn't, a reduction should be granted. >> if it doesn't make sense, the judge seems to agree and prosecutor agrees, let's see what happens and perhaps there will be some changes. let's talk about other high profile cases we're following. jurors have the weekend off for the christmas holiday but d deliberations resuming tomorrow in maxwell and elizabeth holmes. let's start with maxwell. she's facing multiple p ccharge for sex trafficking. she's pleaded not guilty. do you think the defense will buy that she's being tried for his crimes? >> they may. what happens is i think it's an uphill battle and you see as we have there six counts and the jury could really render a
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number of conclusions. why was she indicted a year after he hung himself and there was nobody but her to look to to get a sense of justice? at the end of the day, it's not about that but the facts and four then girls, now women that say he violated me and you helped him. you enabled him. you set aside the conditions to facilitate this abuse and various jurisdictions in florida, san ta fe and new york. the juries are hung up on whether or not because remember, the defense attack, the memories of these particular victims and the attack of the motivations of these victims and the jury is hung up on whether they should grant credibility to these verdicts and we've seen that through the notes that they've have been coming out with in terms of can we have the
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transcripts and reread the testimony, can we see it and match it against the fbi interviews, et cetera. we'll see what they do. if they credit it, she's guilty. if they don't credit it, it's another story. >> fascinating stuff. there are so many high profile cases that we've been following this year and i've learned a lot about a criminal justice system with your help, as well joey jackson. appreciate it. thank you so much. >> always, thanks, amara. president biden facing headwinds in the agenda and covid response and looming over what he does next. next year's critical midterm elections. alice stewart and former u.s. senator barbara boxer are here to help us read the tea leaves for the new year. next. the guest bedroom slash music studio. the daybed slash dog bed. the living room slash yoga shanti slash regional office slash classroom. and this is the basement slash panic room. maybe what your family needs is a vacation home slash vacation home.
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president biden went into this christmas holiday weekend phone c focused on the issue that defines his presidency, the still raging coronavirus pandemic. >> we should all be concerned about omicron but not panicked. if you're fully vaccinated and especially if you got your booster shot, you are highly protected and if you're unvaccinated, you're at a higher risk of getting severely ill from covid-19, getting hospitalized and even dying. >> well, the president did notch some big accomplishments in 2021 a bipartisan infrastructure bill and largely successful vaccine rollout and 6 million new jobs but there is also an economic bill on the verge of collapse. thousands dying of covid every week and of course, the
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stubbornly high inflation. he's head sboog a midtinto a mi year with the lowest approval of his presidency. joining me is barbara boxer and republican political strategists alice stewart. welcome both, ladies. thank you for joining me. senator boxer, let's start with you. the president has a narrow window, ten months to get his agenda through before the midterm. he has a build back better bill, voting right, i'm mmigration reform, gun reform, what does he need to be focussing on now? >> i think he knows exactly what he has to focus on. voting rights and build back better, some version of it. but you know, it's not just what he's going to do. we're forgetting that the two huge bills that passed, one in a bipartisan fashion infrastructure and the other one, the covid relief act more than a trillion each, they're going to be rolled out so it's
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not like everything is just stopped. people are going to see these accomplishments day after day while he works on getting even more done. >> and alice, i mean, to you because democrats are obviously still fuming at joe manchin after he effectively halted the build back better bill. what is the way forward in your opinion? >> well, the best way moving forward is what we're hearing from some democrats now is take build back better and break it up into little pieces and move forward. and i think getting away from these transformational packages and transformational spending is the way to go. look, i've taught about, what, senator boxer was so famous for when she served, you have to know when to hold and fold and sometimes you have to put aside ideological purity. put aside your differences in
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ideological thinking and get that done and passed and if there are certain aspects build back better thinks needs to be passed. take that to the voters in the midterm elections and run on those issues and if that's what the people want, that's what is going to happen and get it done next year. >> do you agree with that, that strategy that this bill needs to be broken up into smaller pieces to get perhaps joe manchin and maybe some republicans on board? >> it sounds really great, our problem is if we can't package this in a way that it can pass with 51 votes, we may not get it done. now, i do agree we should always reach out, always reach out to the other side and there are so many wonderful things in build back better such as making sure that our kids have universal preschool. i mean, that's one example. that our seniors can get help with hearing aids, things like
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that. i think one potential is to bring those things separately but i just always know because i'm a pragmatist who tries to get things done, sometimes you have to package it in a way to get through on 51 votes. but i just love the idea of being able to get bipartisan support. >> yeah, speaking of you being a pragmatist, senator boxer, the president also said this week quote the only thing standing between getting voting rights legislation passed and not getting passed is the fill you are b-- filibuster. he said i support it. chuck schumer said the senate would consider changes to any rules, which prevent us from debating and reaching final conclusion on important legislation. i'm assuming you agree with that strategy, you know, manchin and cinema have consistently said they would vote filibuster rules. >> i think they're open to changing some of the rules with
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the talking fill ibuster and th would be helpful. let them stand there and let them look in the camera and say why. so i think they're open to that. but you know if you look at mitch mcconnell's actions, he did away with the filibuster for supreme court justices. i was in the senate. he has really led the way on that and they ought to do away with it for things like voting rights because let me tell you this, if we don't have the right to vote and it isn't fair and just, we lose what we have here, which is the greatest democracy in the world and i don't want to see that happen for my kids, my grandkids and everybody else's. >> a lot of people saying this is a pivotal moment when it comes to voting rights and protecting them. alice, your thoughts on changing the filibuster rules and changing the precedent? >> it's important to reiterate to the american people we're a great democracy because we have free and fair elections and our
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election system is one of integrity and we do have one person, one vote and our election system does not need to be federalized. we don't need to nationalize our elections. they are run state by state and they need to be mandated and legislated on that fashion. and i think democrats because they're in power making a huge mistake, if they decide to pick and choose where they want to change the filibuster because when they're no longer the party in power, they will regret having done so. >> this week president biden gave -- go ahead, senator boxer. >> because if you know nothing about history, that sounds great but if you know even just a little bit, you know that we needed the voting rights act and you know republicans and democrats voted for it over and over and over. because it isn't as simple as that. some of the states we may remember in history discriminated against certain groups so yeah, i think it's essential that we go back to the voting rights act, something that i was proud to vote for,
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every republican i knew voted for it, too. let's get back to those days where we can go together and protect the right to vote for everybody. it's common sense. >> so president biden also had some interesting comments when he was asked if he planned to run for reelection. let's listen to what he had to say. >> do you plan to run for reelection? >> yes. if i'm not health i'm in now, if i'm in good health, then in fact, i would run again. >> if that means a rematch against donald trump? >> you're trying to temp me now. [ laughter ] sure. why would i not run against donald trump for the nominee? that would increase the prospect of running. >> quick answers here. senator boxer, what do you think? will president biden win again and what about donald trump? >> i believe 100% in what he said. if things are looking good and he's feeling good, he's going to go. donald trump i think i have to say i have no clue.
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i personally hope not for the good of the country. >> alice? donald trump? >> first off, i think joe biden of course he's going to say he's running again. the moment he says he's not he's a lame duck president and won't be able to get anything done. for donald trump, nobody knows until we see him come down the escalator again and i tend to adpree with the senator that it might not be best for republicans if he were to run because we need someone that will grow on the base that he has and bring in the voters that we lost in the last election. >> last question to each of you that i definitely want to get in. what do you think is the biggest political story in your opinion of 2021 and what do you think will be the biggest political story of 2022? senator boxer, we'll start with you? >> to me it's an easy call. the january 6th insurrection. it's the first time in our history that an american president defended the perpetrators of an attack on our capitol and, you know, the last time it happened like that was
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during the war of 1812. i went back. james madison was president. this is what he said. this attack was bar babaric. what did donald trump say? he loved the ryeit rioters. he said the rioters were innocent and the attack was a quote protest. so this is shocking in and of itself and i think not only will it be the biggest issue of this year but maybe one of the biggest issues of all times. >> and 2022 you predict the possible comeback of joe biden? >> i do. i do. and you know something joe said i wrote down here. nothing has been good enough he said. i said joe, i'm sorry. the president said nothing has been good enough. and i would say rhetorically, when is the last time you heard a president say that? he's refreshing. he's real person. he's compassionate.
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he's not slick. and he will speak from the heart and i think of course, covid is an issue. we can't control that but i hope if that goes well, and we see all these jobs, more jobs created in the first year of any presidency created in joe biden's first year and these bills i talked about so yeah, i think we'll see. >> thank you senator and to you alice, your picks for 2021 and 2022? >> in terms of politics this this year has to be without a doubt the virginia gubernatorial race for republicans and democrats. republican glenn youngkin focused on policies the people are concerned with and didn't get tied up with the personalities many people tried to tie him with donald trump. he focused on policies and he won whereas the democrats focused on made evking it about donald trump on the ballot and lost. that was a learning lesson and
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case study for the next election and moving into 2022 i see the biggest story next year will be pretty certain a republican takeover of the house and senate and with the change of balance of power in washington, i think the possibility of getting things done will be greater. >> thank you both. alice and former senator boxer for a great conversation. thank you for that and we will be right back. are you ready for♪ ♪are you ready♪ ♪are you ready♪ at vanguard, you're more than just an investor, you're an owner with access to financial advice, tools and a personalized plan that helps you build a future for those you love. vanguard. become an owner. the living room slash yoga shanti slash regional office slash... and this is the basement slash panic room.
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i bishop desmond stutu was man of unwavering courage, of principle conviction, and whose life was spent in the service of others. he in many ways embodied the essence of our humanity. >> tonight we join the world in
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remembering the life and lasting impact of archbishop des desmond tutu. tutu was 90 years old. he rose to prominence during the fight to end apartheid in south africa when nelson mandela was in prison and other self rights leaders were exiled he led marcma marchs and used his moral c com compass. he was earned the presidential of freedom. from floods to fires, record cold to record heat we saw it all in 2021 except a way to stop it. cnn's chief correspondent bill looks back at the top climate stories of the year. ♪ ♪ the signs were everywhere in
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'21 starting at the top of the world where greenland's highest peak was so freshishly warm it rained for several hours. they believe this is the birthplace of the iceberg that sank the titanic but now scientists are really worried this place could help sink miami and boston and bangkok and shanghai because just this part of greenland has enough ice if it all melts, we'll raise sea levels by two feet. a new study predicts the arctic will see more rain than snow as soon as 2060 and in the meantime, the ice sheet so vital to a planet in balance is melting at a staggering rate. number nine, that icy surprise in texas, which illustrated how the climate crisis can run hot and cold with windchills below
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zero on the rio grande and 10 million lost power in the february blast became america's costliest winter storm event ever. at number eight, flash floods on three continents in germany and belgium monitoring systems failed. in china commuters clung to the sea ceiling of a subway for a flood and the deadliest flood in tennessee history came like a title wave. at number seven, the u.s. rejoins the paris climate accord hours after joe biden became president. but pledging to slash planet cooking pollution by half this decade is one thing, convincing congress to take bold action is another. at number six, a code red for humanity as scientists around the world issue their most dire warning to date.
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the u.n.'s panel on climate change says it is unequivocal that human activity cranked up the global thermostat by over two degrees fahrenheit and we're dangerously close to a point of no return. >> we meet with the eyes of history upon us. >> and those warnings made number five all the more urgent. cop26 in glasgow scotland. of the four main themes laid out by cop26 host boris johnson, coal, cars, cash and trees will probably be cash that provides the biggest challenge. for the first time in 26 meetings, the world's delegates agree fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis but not a single country stopping oil or coal production any time soon. >> a monster named ida, the hurricane is intensifying quickly and drawing chilling
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comparisons to katrina. >> ida comes in at number four as 150 mile per hour winds come in early september. that was just the beginning. ida's aftermath dropped a rain bomb on new york sudden enough to drawn families in their basement apartments. and all told, the single storm cost over $60 billion. >> we are following breaking news this morning. a dangerous and deadly night across the central united states. a powerful line of storms unleashing at least 24 tornados across five states. >> at number three, tornados in winter. december usually brings the fewest twisters of any month but record warmth in the heartland spun up funnel clouds from arkansas to ohio and weeks later, the damage is still being tallied. at number two, the pacific
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northwest heat dome which pushed the mercury and famously mild portland well over 100 degrees for days creating a mass casualty vent of creatures great and small. over a billion shellfish baked to death on the shores of british colombia and the little town of litten broke the canadian heat record three times in a week before most of it burned to the ground and at number one, america's mega drought. your water can come from rivers, reservoirs or wells, all of which are impacted by a 20-year mega drought fueled by the climate crisis. with 90% of the west starving for rain, the feds declared the first ever shortage of the colorado river, which is a source of life for over 40 million americans. in the meantime, smoke from western wildfires reached the east coast this year from one to ten.
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it hasis all connected and with dramatic changes ochn a global scale, scientists warn the worst is yet to come. bill weir, cnn new york. at least three people have been taken to the hospital after a 20-car pileup in northwestern nevada. photos of the scene showing near whiteout conditions and very treacherous roads. authorities say the conditions are quote extreme and the national weather service is urging people to stay off the roads and stay home for their own safety. we'll have more expected to fall in the area. up next with great power comes great responsibility and a record pandemic box office hall for "spiderman." plus, how a 6-year-old farmer is making history and a difference.
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she's just 6 years old and already kendall ray johnson after atlanta is making history and with help from more parents they call it agriculture.
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>> look, it's so big. >> my favorite vegetable i grow is carrots. there is a fun fact about carrots. if you eat a carrot, you're actually eating the roots of the ca carrot. they're delicious. i'm the youngest certified farmer in the state of georgia. my story starts from my grandma. she taught me a lot about g gard gardening. you grow the strawberry plant with sunlight, water with the worms and the fresh soil. >> we've had the girl scouts to
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come. some of them have seen fruit and vegetables but really don't know where it comes from. >> so i just show them. >> they got a chance to really dig for sweet potatoes. and that was the most exciting thing that a kid could show you. >> a pay potato. >> the excitement of them finding something they eat already in the garden. you learn so much more about what is in your backyard that you probably have never known if you had not played in the dirt. >> welcome to the world. >> historically, you think of farmer john. the overalls with the white t-shirt, a straw hat, you know, and let's be honest, you know, a caucasian man. [ laughter ] >> time for it. >> i'm urshela johnson and i'm
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kendall's mom. we don't really see too many black farmers. >> put this in the compost over there. it makes good dirt. good dirt means new plants. >> kendall leads us and wherever she wants to go, we're there to back her up. >> and proclaimed tuesday, september 28th, 2021 as kendall ray johnson appreciate day in fulton county, georgia. >> someone text me and said hey, senator warner just mentioned kendall and said google her. >> kendall ray johnson. >> it feels great they know me now and that they know my garden. sometimes you just need to share fruits and vegetables with the whole community. >> i can't help but keep smiling. kendall, you're amazing.
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