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states to restrict other constitutional rights. >> and it could be free speech rights. it could be free exercise of religion rights. it could be second amendment rights if this position is accepted here. >> reporter: now the court is not reconsidering roe v. wade in this case, but one month from today it will take up a different case that's asking the justices to overturn roe and allow mississippi's 15-week ban on abortion. it's not clear if we'll have a decision in this texas case by then. norah? >> jan crawford at the supreme court, thank you, jan. there is fears tonight that air travel chaos over the halloween weekend could signal ahead for thanksgiving and christmas travelers. american airlines has canceled more than 2,000 flights in recent days because of bad weather and a shortage of workers. here is cbs' errol barnett. >> they delayed our flight a couple of times, and then they told us it was canceled. >> and i'm kind of stranded. >> reporter: frustrated flyers felt like they were being
tricked after this halloween weekend. >> right when we arrived we got a message that it got canceled. >> reporter: american airlines passengers are lining up for answers after the carrier canceled more than 2,000 flights since friday, including 400 today. >> as soon as i got here, i got a text message that my flight was canceled. they had no crew. >> reporter: the airlines says crosswinds at its dallas hub thursday drove the cancellations and put staff out of place. >> i've had this happen before. so i'm not surprised. >> reporter: the same stress-inducing issue was roared by spirit and southwest airlines as small weather events triggered mass cancellations for days. travel analyst henry harteveldt. >> they may have enough crews to operate the flights, but they don't have enough people in reserve if there is a problem like bad weather. >> reporter: why are airlines scheduling more routes than they can staff? >> airlines are desperate to claw their way back to profitability. there is a little bit of a gambling going on where airlines are assuming it's always going to be good weather.
>> reporter: 1800 american airlines flight attendants began returning from leave today with 600 being hired by year's end. but with thanksgiving and winter weather just weeks away, there is growing fear these disruptions will return. >> i travel all the time. it's the top five worst trips i've ever taken. >> reporter: and there is more. the deadline, the federal deadline for most air traffic control staff and tsa agents to be vaccinated hits in just about three weeks, right before thanksgiving. mr. harteveldt believes conditions will improve by christmas, but he warns if you plan to travel at any point during the holidays, norah, you'll need a backbone and stamina. >> yeah, some patience too. pack that. errol barnett, thank you. there is a lot more news ahead on the "cbs overnight news."
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11 could be available. a cdc advisory committee is meeting tomorrow to decide whether to recommend them. >> we have another vaccine, pfizer vaccine for every child age 5 parents anticipate vaccinating their children, in new york city today, roughly 9,000 municipal workers were placed on unpaid leave after failing to get at least one covid shot, missing the mandatory deadline. that's 6% of the workforce. 15% of police, 19% of fire, and 17% of sanitation department workers are still unvaccinated, but many have applied for medical and religious exemptions, temporarily keeping them on payroll. the firefighters union says some members want more time to comply with the mandate. others are considering leaving the department. >> there are plenty of firefighters that have made the decision and just say they don't
want it. >> reporter: here in new york city, more than 2,000 firefighters are out sick today, but the fdny says it has not had to close any firehouses. we also learned today that the biden administration's vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees will take efect within days.that means t have to require either a covid vaccine or weekly testing. norah? >> nikki battiste, thank you. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. feeling sluggish or weighed down? it could be a sign that your digestive system isn't working at it's best taking metamucil everyday can help. metamucil psyllium fiber, gels to trap and remove the waste that weighs you down. it also helps lower cholesterol and slows sugar absorption to promote healthy blood sugar levels.
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>> indeed i did have a relationship with ms. lewinsky that was not appropriate. >> you wrote "indeed, i was sad about the it. >> i stayed focus on my job about her. >> reporter: you also addressed the age old question, why did hillary stay with bill after that. >> i do. she made the decision that she thought was right for herself, her family, and her country. >> reporter: did she choose country over her marriage? what does that mean? >> i think that's the both/and. it was not in my opinion either/or. >> abedin was at the core. but the relationship was tested when anthony weiner's sexting scandals made front-page news. >> i had been informed by a colleague that i was about to let go, but given our long relationship, hillary needed to fire me herself. and she shocked me.
she did not believe it was the right thing to do. >> the two women had been through a lot together. two decades earlier you had watched hillary clinton deal with a cheating husband, bill clinton. did any of that experience inform you? >> well, i mean, every marriage and every relationship has its own ups and downs. i was getting up every day and survive. >> reporter: abedin didn't think she would survive what may have been the biggest impact of the wiener scandals. material found on her husband's laptop led fbi director james comey to reopen the investigation into clinton's emails in the final days of the 2016 election. so at the end of the day, do you think it cost hillary clinton the election? >> i don't now. but i did for a long time. let me tell you who did not blame me, hillary clinton. never once. >> huma abedin is still hillary
a young girl from texas has boldly stepped up for tests on covid vaccines for children with weakened immunity. as cbs' janet shamlian explains, this brave little girl is paying it forward. >> reporter: at 7, juliana graves already knows her destiny. >> when i grow up, i'm going to be a princess. >> you are? >> a princess that helps a lot of other people. >> reporter: but she was born without something a princess needs for good deeds, a healthy heart. in 2014, at just 17 days old, juliana became the youngest heart transplant recipient ever at texas children's hospital. what can you tell me about your heart? >> that my heart is very special. >> reporter: this is the moment the mom who donated her infant's
heart heard it beat in juliana last year. >> we feel grateful that a family chose to give juliana a heart at their darkest hour. >> reporter: now it's their turn to give. >> we're going take your blood pressure, okay? >> reporter: even though she spent much of her life in hospitals, juliana said yes to a vaccine trial for immunocompromised children, requiring at least nine more visits. >> that's it. oh, my gosh, you're done! yay! >> reporter: even she knows a princess can't just talk the talk. >> it is good to help other people, because you are being helpful and kind. >> reporter: a reminder, it's not the size of a heart that matters. janet shamlian, cbs news, houston. >> and that is the "overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back later for "cbs mornings." and follow us online any time at cbsnews.com. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm norah o'donnell.
this is cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. a jury of 11 women and nine men is set in the homicide trial of kyle rittenhouse. rittenhouse faces five felony charges after killing two people and wounding another during a protest in kenosha, wisconsin. now to the final day of voting in the virginia governor's race. polls show democratic governor terry mcauliffe and republican glenn youngkin in a dead heat. you can stream our election night coverage at 5:00 p.m. eastern on cbsn. and billionaire elon muck has offered $6 billion, that's 2% of his net worth to the u.n. world food program if they can prove the money would solve world hunger.
in a tweet he said they must show precisely how the money is spent. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. ♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> good evening and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin with powerful words from the u.n. secretary general on day one of a climate conference. quote, we are digging our own graves. the global summit brings together the leaders of nearly 200 countries, although two of the world's biggest polluters were noticeably missing. more on that in just a moment. but president biden is there in scotland tonight, where he made a remarkable apology to the world for the actions of his predecessor donald trump. mr. biden told world leaders there today he is sorry that the u.s. under president trump pulled out of the historic paris climate accord.
the president reentered that global agreement when he entered office. and the president's build back better spending package including more than half a trillion dollars for climate change initiatives, but that plan seems to have hit a roadblock right here in the u.s. we have two reports from scotland tonight, beginning with cbs' nancy cordes who is traveling with the president. good evening, nancy. >> reporter: good evening, norah. the cop26 summit, as the name suggests, is the 26th time leaders have met to try to find ways to reduce global warming. and yet as the u.n. secretary general put it today, the world is still careening toward a climate catastrophe, and these leaders are being begged to do more. >> we've come here today to say try harder. >> reporter: president biden and other world leaders were confronted today with dire warnings from around the globe. >> over two million of my fellow kenyans are facing climate-related starvation. >> the rivers are dying, and our
plants don't flower like they did before. >> reporter: delegations from 200 nations are here to try to get back on track with commitments set six years ago in paris. the goal then was to zero out global carbon emissions by mid century. but as of now, they're still on the rise. >> i guess i shouldn't apologize, but i do apologize for the fact the united states in the last administration pulled out of the paris accords and put us sort of behind the eight ball. >> reporter: this time it is two other big polluters, china and russia whose heads of state chose not to attend. together, those countries and india are responsible for more than half the world's emissions, yet they've rejected the 2050 goal. >> there is a reason why people should be disappointed in that. i found it disappointing myself. >> reporter: it's been a tiring few days of diplomacy for mr. biden, convincing other nations to cut methane emissions and stop financing foreign
coal-fired power plants. yet at the same time he has been urging opec countries to step up oil production, a temporary fix he insists as americans face spiking gas prices. >> well, because they have to get to their work. they have to get in an automobile, turn on the key, get their kids to school. the school buses have to run. that's the reason why. >> reporter: president biden came into this summit insisting that his build back better plan, which includes half a trillion dollars worth of climate provisions was on the verge of passing, but today west virginia democrat joe manchin announced that he has fresh concerns. and so things appear to be in limbo once again, norah. >> nancy cordes, thank you. well, tonight we wanted to take a look at what's at stake if world leaders fail to act now. cbs' mark phillips has long documented the perils of climate change. >> reporter: the official soundtrack of this conference may be the scottish pipes, but
the unofficial one is the sound of a ticking clock. time is running out. the gathering of 120 world leaders was told on efforts to avoid the worst catastrophes of climate change. what we've seen so far, the melting polar ice, the rising waters, the severe storms, the heat, these are just a taste of what unchecked global warming can bring. >> four degrees and we say goodbye to whole cities, miami, alexandria, shanghai all lost beneath the waves. >> reporter: a little history lesson is useful here. when delegates at the paris conference six years ago celebrated the landmark agreement there, it was on the understanding that each country would follow up with individual plans to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. the goal was to limit global
warming to under 2 degrees celsius, 3.7 degrees fahrenheit, limiting the rise to 1.5 degrees c was even better. they haven't done that. which may be why protesters here supplied their own pipe band soundtrack complete with caricatures of some of the leaders. the commitment to deeper carbon cuts this conference was supposed to produce hasn't happened. and this was the only presence in glasgow of chinese president xi. the scientific calculation is that greenhouse gas emissions have to be cut by half by the end of the decade. but as it stands now, norah, they'll continue to rise. >> mark phillips in glasgow, thank you. and back here at home, the new abortion law in texas, the strictest in the nation, was at the center of arguments today before the u.s. supreme court. tonight it's unclear whether the court will issue an order to block that law, which has been in effect for two months now. here is cbs' jan crawford.
>> reporter: outside the supreme court, protesters made clear the fight. >> abortion is health care! >> reporter: over the texas law that bans abortions after about six weeks, a law the justices called unprecedented and specifically designed to get around roe v. wade. >> the actual provisions in this law have prevented every woman in texas from exercising a constitutional right as declared by this court. >> reporter: after three hours of arguments, it was evident liberal and conservative justices didn't like what texas was up to. >> there is a loophole that's been exploited here or used here. >> reporter: the loophole is in how texas wrote the law to try to keep it out of federal courts which would block it. instead of state officials enforcing the law, it leaves that to private citizens, who can go to state court and sue anyone who helps perform an abortion, with fines starting at $10,000. bhavik kamar is a doctor at planned parenthood in houston. >> i would be surprised if anybody has seen more than 10 to
20% of the patients that they usually see. that's been my experience. it has been a very dramatic reduction. >> reporter: but the case goes well beyond abortion rights. the justices were concerned the texas law could be a model for states to restrict other constitutional rights. >> and it could be free speech rights. it could be free exercise of religion rights. it could be second amendment rights if this position is accepted here. >> reporter: now the court is not reconsidering roe v. wade in this case, but one month from today it will take up a different case that's asking the justices to overturn roe and allow mississippi's 15-week ban on abortion. it's not clear if we'll have a decision in this texas case by then. norah? >> jan crawford at the supreme court, thank you, jan. all right. to china now, where it turns out disneyland shanghai was not the happiest place on earth this weekend. as fireworks lit up the sky, medical workers in hazmat suits
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this is the "cbs overnight news." >> i'm catherine herridge in washington. thanks for staying with us. president biden addressed the u.n. climate summit in scotland, telling leaders of nearly 200 nations that the earth is at an inflection point, and there is little time to stop rising temperatures from spiraling out of control. the president also insisted the united states is already leading by example. >> we'll demonstrate to the world the united states is not only back at the table, but hopefully leading by the power of our example. i know it hasn't been the case,
and that's why my administration is working overtime to show that our climate commitment is action, not words. >> reporter: the summit is seen as the most important climate gathering since the 2015 paris climate accords, but many still doubt that concrete progress will be made. mark phillips is there. >> well, they call this conference cop26 because it's the 26th time that world leaders have gathered to try to limit global warming. in fact, this conference was supposed to be held a year ago, but was delayed because of covid. the extra preparation time, though, doesn't seem to have increased its chances of success. >> what's being called the last chance to avoid the worst effects is a futuristic conference center where the future is beginning to look adds bleak of the weather. the world leaders are gathering here with some notable exceptions to try to make good on the promise they made in paris six years ago.
there the cheering was about the immigrant to try to limit global warming to 2.7 degrees. 1.5 degrees celsius, beyond which the effects of climate change become unmanageable. but paris was about ambition, not practicalities. to meet the goals, world governments were supposed to make increasingly larger cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions in the future, but the future is now, and the required cuts haven't been made. the fires, the storms, the heatwaves, the melting polar ice and rising sea levels we've seen so far are but a taste of what could come. >> what we did not know is -- or could not have foreseen is that science would be screaming from the rooftops by now. >> reporter: christiana figueres is largely credited with banging heads together to make the paris deal happen. >> that everything that science had actually looked at was
underestimated. >> in terms of the degree of heating that was happening? >> in terms of the degree of heating, the impacts, the human misery costs. >> the infrastructure. >> reporter: it's all happening faster than you feared? >> it's all happening faster than we ever thought. >> reporter: the scientific calculation is that planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions need to be halved by astanow, theyis coue to rise.d the internationa will that made the paris deal possible isn't there this time. the chinese president xi jinping isn't even coming. >> anyone that goes to cop26 to expect that we're going guarantee a pathway to 1.5 is simply not seeing the reality of things. we're just not going to get there. >> reporter: the whole point of these meetings is to enforce the issue that the face-to-face will actually hold politicians' feet to the fire. that's tough to do in some of the more notable ones, xi of
china, putin of russia aren't here. >> mark phillips in scotland. worldwide climate chain has sparked a new industry, called last chance tourism. iceland, one of the many regions around the world seeing a huge increase in visitors. >> it's crazy. this country is beautiful. >> reporter: in this lagoon on the southern coast of iceland, giant chunks of ice, once part of a giant glacier, gently float away into the north atlantic ocean. >> definitely sad, but it's very grateful to be able to look at this stuff while i still can. >> reporter: we ran into sharad from new york. he brought his parents here to see this frozen beauty. >> we wanted to get a chance to look at it before some of it melts away, but it's actually striking. >> reporter: in recent years, the trio has visited patagonia and a desert in bolivia. both are threatened by climate change. have you actually heard that phrase? >>. >> reporter: although sherad
hadn't heard the term last chance turpism. >> it's really sad, but i guess that's what we're doing, while we can, while it's still here go, take a look. >> reporter: a lot of people are now rushing to places such as the great barrier reef in australia, rapidly dying from coral bleaching, the shrinking dead sea in israel, and the melting icecap of mt. k kilim kilimanjaro. after a 92% increase in tourism in the galapagos islands off the coast of ecuador tourism itself is one of the magic challenges to the habitat. >> reporter: iceland's minister of the environment says tourism in his country was booming before covid. increasing nearly 40% in some years. topping two million annual visitors, which is more than four times the population of the entire country. >> iceland is a beautiful country, and we also have a responsibility to protect our nature. >> there is no getting around
the fact that all those people coming to iceland are actually making the climate issue worse by flying. >> i absolutely agree with you. we are an island in the middle of the north atlantic. and most of the people come with airplanes. >> reporter: mile per mile, air travel is theost damaging form an. ju one round trip transatlantic flight emits twice as much planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions per person as driving the family car for an entire year. >> if people are coming here because they want to see something that is disappearing, it is our responsibility to tell people why and what they can do to prevent it. and we have a lot of opportunities to do so here in iceland, especially with receding glaciers. >> the tourists must love this. >> yeah, they are definitely amazed. >> reporter: the tourist boom turned hawker einarson into a
tour guide. he now spends his days out on the glaciers and inside these ice caves, which funnel all the water from the melting ice sheets out to sea. hisve, ha rlae ol falyarm. soyeah jt threeears ago there used to milk up to 34 cows here every day, twice a day. >> reporter: is this better than milking cows? >> it's different. we have the joke that now we milk tourists instead of cows. >> reporter: do they get a kick out of that? >> yeah, yeah, of course. >> reporter: but hawker is serious about making sure that when tourists like alissa zimmerman from chicago come here, they get more than just a stunning selfie. >> you want to be able to witness it with your own eyes instead of reading about it in a book or hearing about what was. >> reporter: hawker says his job is to make visitors get a deeper appreciation for how quickly the scenery in those photos is now changing. >> we are able to influence them in a good way, like open their
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>> about the dangers of the sea. >> reporter: battling the elements. >> the elements and man very nature. and so i'm trying to sort of change that in a way and show how incredibly fragile it is, how incredibly finely balanced. >> reporter: the project began with dekaris taylor casting living canadians in plaster after a hurricane had destroyed many of the island's coral reefs. he wondered if underwater sculptures based on the casts could lure divers and tourists away from the reefs that had survived. >> maybe if i created something that was a distraction or a way to attract them to an area that was barren or that hadn't been impacted by the hurricane --. that would give the reefs that were growing better conditions to grow? >> yes. >> reporter: the sculptures made of nonpolluting concrete kept growing and changing too.
ocean creatures moved , fish, a slowly turning them into artificial reefs. that first marine sculpture park has led to others, from mexico to the maldives. what goes through your mind when you swim around your installations and see them fusing with nature? >> initially, they're all just barren stretches of sand underwater with very little marine life. but when i go and see them now, there is turtles. there is soft corals. there is hard corals. there is massive shoals of fish. this massive center of life. >> reporter: dekaris taylor is much in demand. in his workshop just outside london are casts from more than a dozen marine installations, which have grown more political to reflect his passion for the environment and his worry about humanity's precarious future.
>> i think this is probably one of the most obvious sculptures that i've made, and it was part of the recent installation in cypress. and, yeah, i think it is pretty self-evident. >> the next generation carrying us. >> reporter: one of his recent installations sits on australia's great barrier reef. she's called the siren, wired to show the ocean warming around the coral. and 20 feet underwater off the coast of cypress a new project has just opened. human forms in an underwater forest that's already drawing marine creatures. i suppose part of the message as your sculptures get encrusted with living creatures is this ocean is full of life and it will regenerate given the chance. >> definitely. i think there is a, yeah, a sort away when they visite that the works that i hope that it
in many parts f the world, rising temperatures have decimated local coffee crops. one country is working to combat this by creating coffee in the lab. ian lee has that story. >> reporter: for many folks, the day starts here, getting that coffee hit to get going. while the beans traditionally come from tropical regions, scientists in order dick finland are generating java in the lab. >> we skip the farming part, and we use plant instead. >> reporter: scientists are uing plants cellular to produce biomass. in layman's terms, they're using science to make beanless brews they say smell and taste almost like coffee.
>> not 100%. it tastes a combination of different types of coffees. >> reporter: it's an everyday cup of joe alternative as climate change threatens coffee plants around the globe. >> increase in temperatures, but also more erratic rainfall and increased drought. >> reporter: scientists say lab-grown coffee doesn't need pesticides or fertilizers and reduces greenhouse gas emissions as well. >> you can cut on the transport requirements because you can locally produce. >> reporter: researchers are looking to get regulatory approval so people can start sipping lab lattes within the next few years. ian lee, cbs news. >> and that's the "overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back later for "cbs mornings." and follow us online all the time at cbsnews.com. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm catherine herridge.
this is cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. a jury of 11 women and 9 men is set in the homicide trial of kyle rittenhouse. rittenhouse faces five felony charges after killing two people and wounding another during a protest in kenosha, wisconsin. now to the final day of voting in the virginia governor's race. polls show democratic governor terry mcauliffe and republican glenn youngkin in a dead heat. yoyou can stream our election night coverage at 5:00 p.m. eastern on cbsn. and billionaire elon musk has offered $6 billion, that's 2% of his net wealth to the u.n. world food program if they can prove the money would solve world hunger. in a tweet musk said the it must
show precisely how the money is spent. for more information download our app on your cell phone or conn it is tuesday, november 2, 2021. this is the cbs morning news. tackling climate change. president biden pushes for cleaner air. but his own agenda in washington may have suffered a serious set back. >> dead heat. it is decision day for the race for virginia governor. both candidates make a final push. abortion rights showdown. how the supreme court is showing concern over the strict law in texas. good morning and good to be with you. i'm anne marie green. president biden will hold a news conference today after he wraps