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narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". ♪ laura: i am laura trevelyan in washington and this is "bbc world news america." at the climate change conference, u.k. officials say companies need to show the way. >> we are going to make it mandatory for firms to publish a clear, livable plan setting out how they will de-carbonized and trsition to net zero. laura: at a gas card is
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suffering from what is lled the world's first climate induced famine. >> but i think of my family, i realize we will dive because we have nothing -- we will die because we have nothing to eat. laura: in ethiopia, the u.n. says both sides have violated international human rights. some may be crimes against humanity. plus. republicans see a roadmap to further victories after winning in virginia. democrats are asking how they lost biden voters in just a year. ♪ welcome on pbs and around the globe. the first two days of the u.n. summit were full of warnings climate change is doing. day three was about who going to
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pay. 450 companies say they will back away from using fossil fuels and put their money into renewable energy. our economic editor reports. reporter: follow the money to net zero. that was the plan revealed. with time taking, the world finance ministers gathered. >> good morning. reporter: the main result, the world's banks promising to invest and lend in a way consistent with net zero by 2050. 95 trillion pounds or 2/5 of the whole of global finance at today's eco-warriors. >> today, it is all around us. in board rooms, government departments, multinational development banks, tradin
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floors. you, my friends be proud. reporter: can it be the case that these guys can save the world from climate change? incredible numbers, lending decisions will transform entire sector from food to retail. for politicians, this is more palatable than telling consumers, voters that behaviors have to change. 19 chief -- one banks chief told the bbc tough conversations were already happening. >> we are clear that we are ending funding of harmful activity and will only work with people that have a credible transition plan. all that happens is the hard to abate sectors get financed in
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the private sector without transparency. you have not met the goal. reporter: the announcements will discourage finance going to new coal mines or oil fields, but will not prevent close. rich nations delayed promises to help climate change. >> the international energy agency said to get to 1.5, we need to seize fossil fuel financing. we need to see further ambition on moving investments away. reporter: campaigners spoke directly to the chancellor. he claims the u.k. at the center is at a tidal wave. laura: amid those discussions,
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is possible to lose sight of the bigger picture. madagascar are is a reminder is what is at stake, is at the brink of what the u.n. is calling the first climate induced famine. r climate editor reports. yo might find some images distressing. reporter: almost one million people are suffering severe food shortages in madagascar, many are on the verge of starvation. she gathers her family around her. they live their entire life in this village. but now, the ground is bone dry. >> there has not been any rain. not a single drop has hit the soil.
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everything failed. reporter: it is agony for her daughter to see her childrego without food. >> my son does not keep my when he is hungry, he pulls on my shoulder and climbs on my lap crying for food, saying i'm hungry. where can i find food? he does not understand. you things there is food but we hide it from him. reporter: the world food program is providing emergency food to people, but says the situation is desperate. >> i cried. i was really shocked about the situation of the children. you can see the child is very sick. reporter: insects are part of
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the diet, but for some children they are now the only food available. >> historians will look back is probably the first time a country was brought to the brink of famine just by climate factors. no war, no conflict. do i think this'll be the last time this happens? no way. reporter: don't imagine the climate crisis is a vague future. >> i have no hope that i will stay alive. i will die. and when i think of my family, i realize we will all die because we have nothing to eat to survive. laura: president biden came back from the climate summit to find
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republicans riding high after tuesday night selections. glenn youngkin won the election for governor of virginia, beat the democrat and former governor terry mcauliffe in a state that went to joe biden for 10 points just a year ago. elsewhere, new jersey's race for governor is too close to call. let's bring in ron christie, former advisor to george w. bush. it's great to see you. is the lesson of last night that the republicans did better without trump on the ballot? ron: what we learned is the republicans listened to voters. they listened and heard that inflation is making an impact, gasoline prices are too high, food prices are going up. the issue was education. parents have not -- parents were alarmed about they have seen
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some students' curriculums look like. reading the tea leaves, maybe the democrats are doing too much too fast and hold onto promises instead of moving in a far different direction. laura: was an interesting how president trump terrified suburban voters but republicans did really well in the suburbs last night. can mr. trump be the candidate in 24? ron: it's interesting. i'm already hearing glenn youngkin should be on the ballot in 2024. what he did was important. he was able to straddle the line of mobilizing trump supporters, those deep red districts, while at the same time appealing to suburban people and saying i am a dad, i hear you. that i believe is a bluepnt as
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we head to the midterm election. not trump all the time, but i knew -- a nuanced approach. laura: the midterm elections are a year away. president biden was urging democrats to get their act together and pass these bills which are crucial to his agenda. isn't it possible,f there is an infrastructure bill, democrats get the bill through that democrats can do better? ron: maybe. but if you look at most recent exit polls, the number one issue is the economy. inflation seems to be number two. education number three. climate is much further down the list. while mr. biden and congressional democrats believe climate is important to them, that might happy important to the electorate. they need to go on a listening tour and hear what americans are looking for, rather than telling
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their constituent what they ought to be prioritizing. laura: thanks so much for being with us. in children aged five to 11, receiving their first coronavirus vaccines. the fit jabs were given this morning after the cdc gave its final proval tuesday night. about million american children are now eligible. polls suggest one third of parents are eager to get their children vaccinated right away. president biden praise the rollout. pres. biden: this is a day of relief and celebration, after 18 months of anxious worry, you can now protect them from this horrible virus. laura: mr. biden says jabs will be available at 20,000 locations
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by next week. a professor of emergency medicine joins us now. i know you are the parent of a 10-year-old. what would you say to parents who e worried? >> the first thing i would say is i'm getting my some vaccinated as soon as we can get an appointment, that is true of doctors, public health professionals, nurses, who have seen the effects of covid firsthand and also seen how safe and effective these vaccines are. it's normal to have questions and be worried. i think back to when my kids were born, car seats, cribs, all of those things. these vaccines are another thing we do to keep our kids safe. it's normal to have questions. i encourage folks to ask
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pediatricians rather than look at the internet to reassure folks that these are safe and effective, and help protect our kids both from disease and keep them in school. laura: britain has been slower to vaccinate kids than the united states. do you think that has been a factor in the recent spike in cases britain has been seen? >> unfortunately i d 12 to 15-year-old age group was delayed in getting approval for vaccination in the u.k.. what we are seeing is community spread does seem to be driven by teenagers. whether it's within schools or more likely because of social activity, the fact is kids and teens are at risk for hospitalization and death, albeit as a lower rate.
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laura: now that everyone over the age of five can be vaccinated, do you think this winter can finally turn the corner against the pandemic? >> i wish i had a crystal ball to predict exactly what is going to happen. time and again it has thrown us for a loop. i can say this will look tremendously different from last winter. our most vulnerable citizens are vaccinated, many of them with booster shots. our kids e going to be vaccinated. thanksgiving, christmas and other holiday celebrations that are much more like what we are used to and although there will be small surges and we spend time indoors, especially where there are not high numbers of vaccinated folks, it will be at a much lower level than the horribly we experienced last year.
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laura: rest of the world, how big of a step is this? >> i just want to see folks vaccinated. i spent time last night with a physician from south africa talking about the amazing job south africa has been doing for sub-saharan africa. even there, 20% to 30% of the population is vaccinated. there are countries where it's barely 5%. we have to do a better job getting high-risk results vaccinated, the globally the more that are vaccinated the closer we come to rmal. the less chance we are going to have for dangerous new variants to emerge. laura: thanks so much for that analysis. in other news, talks aimed at reviving the iran nuclear deal will resume on november 29. washington hopes they will
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return to the talks ready to negotiate in good faith. president trump with through u.s. from the deal in 2018. both have said they would return to compliance with the original agreemen but disagree on how to get there. remedies health minister warns the country is experiencing a pandemic of the unvaccinated. 66% of germans are fully vaccinated. a chinese tennis star has accusea communist official of sexual assault. it is the first time such an allegation has been made against one of china's senior politic leaders.
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her post has been deleted. you're watching bbc. still to come on tonight's program. years after the lockerbie bombing, libya says it can work to extradite the suspect. cleo smith has been found alive and well more than two weeks after she went missing on a remote campsite. a 36-year-old man is being questioned by police. our sydney correspondent has more on the story. reporter: this is the moment cleo smith was rescued, found in a locked house. not far from her family home. alive and well. the news her parents have waited more than two weeks for, and feared they would not hear. one of the officers described
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the moment they found her as one of shock and elation. her disappearing script australia. from day one, captured the nation's heart. now that she has been rescued, so many people took to social media to express joy and relief, including her mother. she said our family is whole again. ♪ laura: to ethiopia, the government has declared a state of emergency as forces are advancing. the u.s. special envoy will go to ethiopia in the coming days. his visit comes after the top u.n. human rights probably -- body comes as both sides have violated human rights. reporter: thousands killed, millions displaced.
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a crisis that just seems keep getting worse. the joint investigation accuses forces of extrajudicial executions, torture, rape and attacks against refugees. >> the violations are still on, we're still seeing [indiscernible] national defense forces and defense forces violating the rights of people. reporter: in a statement, the prime minister had serious reservations since it did not establish the claim against genocide and give any evidence the government denied humanitarian assistance.
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he had a defiant message. >> this pit will be where the enemy is buried. we will bury this enemy and make the glory of ethiopia high again. reporter: on tuesday, they declared a state of emergency. forces say they have captured strategic towns. they announced they were advancing. >> we do not want -- we need to identify them. laura: it worries me a lot.
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they traveled many kilometers to get there. i think they will control it. staying in africa, more tn 30 years after the lockerbie bombing, libya is considering extraditing a man wanted in connection with the attack which killed 270 people. libya's foreign minister told the bbc positive outcomes are coming. reporter: on this dark night in 1988, the town of lockerbie was engulfed in flames and are. -- horror. the wreckage of pan am 103 crash to earth. the u.s. is pursuing a new suspect. now from the government in tripoli, indications of progress. >> there are positive outcomes
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coming. reporter: might there be an extradition? >> i don't know, but i think we as a government are very open in s of collaboration. we understand the pain and sadness. we need to respect the loss. reporter: the new suspect is already behind bars on separate farm -- bomb makin charges. the u.s. alleges he conspired with a fellow intelligence official, the only man ever convicted of the bombing. this washe hero's welcome in libya in 2009. he was released from a scottish ison with terminal cancer and died three years later,
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maintaining his innocence to his last breath. his son told us everywhere he goes, he is labeled the lockerbie farmers son. here they are together. he says he won't stop trying to clear his father's name despite to failed appeals. >> when you tell me after 32 years, this is fake. my father has nothing to do with this. i am going to fight. i will prove his innocence. >> there is so much we never know. reporter: across the atlantic, family say the whole truth may never come to light. but extraditing the suspect would bring a measure of justice. >> we are and we have this
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chance to see this come to fruition in our country, have soone tried under our laws and our courts. i don't know if i could into words what it would mean to the families. any amount of peace it would bring them. reporter: is the truth here in libya? are there more answers to come, so many years answer -- after the attack? libya wants good relations with the u.s., and it once an extradition. -- it wants an extradition. laura: some hope for the lockerbie families. before we go, seems to be historic jewelry season at auction houses. we told you about russian treasures, now it's christy's auctioning off bracelets that belong to marie antoinette, the queen of france executed for treason. all told, they contain 112
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diamonds, expected to fetch $4 million next week. they have been owned by the european royal family and could be yours if the price is right. i am laura trevelyan, thank you so much for watching "bbc world news america." narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. man: bdo. accountants and advisors. narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ ♪
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♪ judy: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight -- vote 2021 -- president biden weighs in on the surprising results from yesterday's elections. we look at the issues that mattered to voters, and lessons for both parties looking ahead to next year's midterms. then -- guns in america -- for the first time in over a decade, the supreme court hears arguments in a firearms case that could have major implications for regulation. and -- house call -- we go door to door with health care workers as they try to increase vaccination rates by administering covid shots at patients' homes. >> it does provide yet another option for individuals to get vaccinated so that we're not just doing seven out of 10, we're hoping for 10 out of 10 eventually. judy: all that and more on
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