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is it man made. going green - 50,000 square feet and expanding by the day. the largest pot growing company in america it's been nearly a month since armed men seized nearly 300 gurls from their nigerian school. the abduction in the remote area of that country is having a profound and emotional knack. it's a photo taken from washington. a few blocks away at the white house, president obama promised to offer assistance in finding them. the group behind the kidnapping defied the warnings and is expected from taking more children. ynonne ndedge reports from nigeria.
>> reporter: concerned nigeans come out on to the capital, marching to the chief of defense office, trying to put pressure to find the hundreds of missing girls from the north-east. the anger has been fuelled after the leader of boko haram released a new tape, in which he said he abducted the girls and plans to tell them on the open market. they are emboldened by the concerns of the international community. the u.n. comes out saying what boko haram says it will do is a crime against humanity. the uk, and u.s. administration basically said there has been talks between the united states and niamey about what can -- nigeria, about what can be done to find the girls. many feel that the nigeria should be taking the lead. >> that is ynonne ndedge. the white house is helping to find the girls, as protesters in the u.s. call for nigeria's government to do more.
patty culhane reports. >> reporter: the ploit of the kidnapped school girls in nigeria is now a story in the american media. more than three weeks into the nightmare, protests on the weeks of america's biggest city. >> in washington d.c. los angeles and in front of the united nations in new york. >> we don't need money, we need assistance, a friend of nigeria. >> u.s. officials said they offered help from the first day. the nigeria government refused until now. >> the government had its own set of strat girks if you will, in the beginning. you can offer and talk, but you can't do if a government has its own sense of how it's proceeding. >> the cover now accepted, it seems clear that the two count res have different ideas --
countries have different ideas about what the u.s. will do. >> includes the deployment of u.s. to work with nigerian counterparts. >> at the white house jay carney reputed that. we are not considering military resources. we are urge nigeria to ensure any operation to free the girls would protect civilians and human rights. >> president obama seemed to indicate that boko haram could be a target. >> we'll have to deal with the broader problem of organizations like that, that can cause such havoc in people's day to day lies. >> u.s. officials are careful in how to describe the mission, stressing that the u.s. plans to help as much as possible, but saying it's up to the nigerian government to ensure the safety of its open citizens. and here in the urks the government is calling a new threat to national security,
climate change. richelle carey is here. >> today the white house released the national climate assessment, saying that change is affecting every region of the country, most industry, and the quality i of our life, and -- quality of our lives and things could get worse soon. >> america's climate is changing and it's all our fault. that is the verdict. burning fossil fuels made the u.s. hotter and weather more unstable. the average temperature across the country has gone up it 1.5 degrees. 80% of the warming happened since 1980. temperatures are expected to rise faster over the next decades. jumping 2-4 degrees in most areas. >> sea levels will rise too. 1-4 feet alone, according to some estimates. the white house warns future
damage will cost billions. extreme whether is affecting industry nationwide, strapping water in the assessment, reducing fish off the coast and pummelling the safety. region by region the report outlines how climate change would affect food supply, cost of living and our own health. >> climate change is a fact. when our children's children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, stable world with new sources of energy, i want them to say yes, we did. >> white house reports insist americans must change their behaviour now, even if some consequences are irrehavesible. >> critics say it's alarmist. energy lobbyists and leaders that attacked the study. senator mitch mcconnell said the
report by be used to push, and a ploy to help democrats in the midterm elections. the national academy of science reviewed the report and called it reasonable. >> thank you. stay with us for a special report on the impact climate change is having on your life and potential consequences of climate change and you. coming up at the half hour. violence in ukraine is spreading further. separatists across the east and southern regions continue to defy kiev. pro-russian rebels in liuhansk, are digging in. paul brennan is there. >> reporter: the basics are there. the are gathered around.
if the russians come, luhansk could be the first stop. the pro-russian city would not oppose them. >> it's not a problem, i'm russian and born here. like serbs, born in kosovo. >> reporter: you were born in luhansk, but you see yourself as russian. >> i was born here, but i'm russian. >> this is no picnic in the part. some have sticks and table legs. others have brand new military kit. not supplied by russia. you went to a shop and bought all of this. >> yes. >> across town pro-russian leaders have been following event in odessa and slovyansk. what if the army comes here. >> translation: what happens in
slovyansk was not an amity terror operation, it was a terror operation against ukranian people, people unsure about the government in kiev. they understand the government is abusing its power. we must protect the city. >> separatists have well-established defensive positions and seem confident that they can cope with anything that the ukrainian arm ci throws at them, and they don't need the russian army at the moment. >> step away from where the separatists congregate and luhansk is peaceful many hope it will stay like that. >> we are trying not to be scared. >> translation: i'm a resident of the city. i was born here. it doesn't matter about meaning ukrainian, russia, jewish, tassar. no one is depressed. why the claim that russians are oppressed. >> back at the occupied sbu building volunteers practised
weapons training. soon they could be doing it for real. an unlikely partnership could bring a new museum to washington d.c. one focussed solely on women's history. democratic representative caroline maloney from new york is working to pass a bill to construct that museum. the house votes tomorrow. i asked the congress woman about her efforts. >> we'll pass the bill tomorrow, which has been a long time in coming. i've been working closely in a bipartisan way with martia blackburn from tennessee. >> some may call that the odd couple. congress woman blackman, a republican, you a democrat from new york - how did the two of you get together when most of congress can't seem to do that? >> well, i believed strongly that the level legislation is always bipartisan. i was looking for a partner, someone to work with.
>> as you know, critics say that there are too many museums in washington d.c. that already highlight women's history. what do you say to that? >> which ones? the smithsonian has an exhibit of first ladies and their gowns. there is a museum for women artists, which is rented out all the time for parties. there is a museum in upstate new york for the founding mother of the abolitionists movement and the human rites movement and out west for the pioneering women. i don't know of a museum that celebrates the contributions of women in an organised and thoughtful way. and the other museums on the mall. they don't have women's divisions. ask the critics what they are talking about. >> you have been fighting for this for a long time. in 2010 two republicans, tom
coburn and jim dimint blocked the bill saying the country shouldn't spend money on this. you say to that... >> well, the bill - even then the bill did not have one crept of taxpayers money. >> how will it be funded? >> in the future there may be taxpayer money. there's a provision that says now and in the future there'll be no taxpayer money spent on this museum. no taxpayer money. women are used to wearing high heels, walking backwards being paid half as much. they'll ruise to the case and py it themselves. >> there are critics suggesting this will be a political museum highlighting liberal causes for women. what do you say about that. >> i think it will cronn ukal
the history of women, conservative, republic, independent - all kinds of women made contributions. it will focus on individual women but collective effortsly women, such as the movement for i'm unisation of -- immunization of children. increasing education, preschool education passing in some states. the efforts are led by women, conservative, democratic, liberal, whatever. i think it will point out the important contributions. >> we'll watch for the vote on wednesday. thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you. oregon's governor is a heror. for the second time in four years he attempted to save a stranger's life when the former e.r. doctor saw a woman not breathe on the street he performed cpr.
she was overdosing on drugs, apparently. according to the governor's office, the woman is expected to live. back in 2010 the government stopped the debate to help a man having a seizure. >> coming up, oklahoma's earthquakes growing in frequency and the warning of major seismic activity surging. video of a stow away that hid in the wheel well of the flight to
this airport security video shows a teenage stow away getting out of a wheel well. he's a bit wobbly walking around the tarmac. the footage released is from april 20th. the boy survived a 5-hour flight in freezing temperatures and with little oxygen. the 15-year-old somali imgrant is back in the u.s. the state is being warned about a natural threat. earthquakes - until 2008 oklahoma's average was two is it
of magnitude 3 or higher. more than 140 struck the state. the u.s. geological survey says the fracking industry is part of the problem. earthquakes of magnitude three and higher, and they are more frequent. especially in central oklahoma, near populated areas. michael crancellor was the secretary of environmental protection in pennsylvania, and joins us from philadelphia. welcome. good to have you on the programme. >> it's an honour for me to be with you here on al jazeera. >> what are your thoughts about what the geological survey says? >> it's of academic interest, it's much ado about nothing. the earthquakes - i wouldn't call them that, the seismic activity can barely be felt. it's really, i think, a fuss
about no big deal. >> the geo: iccal -- geological survey says:. >> you think that's not true? . >> i don't think it's not true. it's been true for years. underground water has been related to seismic activity for many years. it's nothing new. >> it's nothing new, so no threat, no alarm to the people of oklahoma if these earthquakes continue. is that what you suggest? >> my view is that there is no policy issue involved in this. this, again, is an academic - of academic interest to academics and seismologists. certainly we want to follow this and keep an eye on it. it's never been identified as an
issue before in terms of policy making. >> let me play it out. if there are earthquakes because of fracking and more and bigger earthquakes in the future, that would put people in oklahoma at risk. >> no, i disagree. first of all we have to differentia differentiate fracking activities and under ground activities. it's of academic interest at the moment. and the academics should keep an eye on it. at the moment it does not rise to a policy consideration. >> what do you think about the numerous environmental activists who are concerned about fracking. the impact fracking is having on the environment, they say. >> well, i was secretary of the pennsylvania department of environmental application for 2.5 years, and responsible for
the safe operation of that industry in my state. this industry and activity has been proven safe for fears. fracturing is not new, horizontal drilling is not knew. the environment is better off, because it allows us to access clean natural gas lowering our environmental footprint. >> so you believe the u.s. could become energy independent if we increased hydraulic fracturing. >> no question about it. the increase in for example of oil and gas based on hydraulic fracturing has been transformational and dramatic. we lowered imports, increased production, and we are energy independent in pennsylvania, and that is an important
geopolitical significance and environmentally significant. vladimir putin should be worried about that. he would like to see us fail. >> what do you make out of the white house report on climate change. >> it's very important. it's proposed by an august body of scientists and reviewers. we need to pay attention to it. and it undercores the importance of taking -- underscores the appearance of taking care of low gas. it underscores the importance of protecting the existing nuclear fleet, nuclear power fleet, a zero carbon emission source. it's the zero carbon workhorse of our energy sector. when we lose a plant we are going backwards on achieving our goals for carbon emissions reductions. >> we appreciate you being on the programme. we'll be watching in oklahoma and hope they don't have a big
earthquake. >> thank you. >> the basejumpers that pulled a stunt at the new york trade center building were in court. the three jumpers and lookout pleaded guilty to burglary and reckless ipp dangerment. this helmet cam shows the jump. the men parachuted to the ground. they got in through a hole in the fence. questions are raised about security at the site. now to a different kind of next-day delivery service. the product is marijuana, and in canada a company is taking the lead on rush orders. it's a booming business. allen schauffler was given a building tour. here is his report. >> reporter: behind the barbed wire tense, watched by 70 cameras, the workers take orders. the call center busy on day two. a multi-million investment for a
seattle based venture capital firm. >> you have never seen a facility like this. >> with backers betting on bud in canned dead, but not the u.s. -- canada, but not the urks where it is still illegal. >> we'd never invest $15 million into a building that could be seized by the federal government at any moment. >> kennedy calls it the biggest legal grow operation in north america. >> it's described as a bank inside a proiften fall of toasters. >> the bank holds $30 million of processed marijuana. the toasters the machinery for involving the environment. packed and shipped by courier to people with medical prescriptions. >> reporter: there's so much that is propriety we'll have a tour but they won't let the camera in. we had to settle for video from the company, carefully shot,
lots of plants. >> reporter: as promised, it's not like any other grow operation, it's spotless in there, there's security cameras and access key pads and the scale is enormous. 70,000 square feet. 39 different growing rooms, and brendan kennedy says they'll never do a building this small again. >> the canadian government and medical accession is not fully on board. pot is not approved as medicine. here is health canada's statement: >> how can a physician realistically prescribe 25 grams much columbian gold or fraser valley high - whatever the names are. >> doctors want more testing of pot as medicine. >> we don't know how it
interacts with other medications. we don't know the amount to use. >> the business opportunity is clear cut. >> we have a licence from the figure of canada it produce, process, package and transport cannabis. >> for kennedy and 11 other growers. uruguay has become the first country to create a legal pot markets. residents who are at least 18 will be able to buy, grow marijuana for about a dollar a gram. the government will regulate the amount of pot can be planted. uruguay's government is hoping to reduce drug violence. meet the black knight developed by advance tactics, designed to fly like a helicopter has been tested in the california desert.
. you heard about climate change studies, but tonight the one you need to know about - the reality that goes beyond the warnings. >> this is not some distant problem of the future. this is a problem that is affecting americans right now. >> pollution linked to depression. rising food prices. and business bearing the cost. tonight our special report - climate change and you. i'm john seigenthaler in new york. the new white house report on climate change is not the first, but could have the greatest impact on you. this time it includes a blunt warning to minister. cut carbon emissions now or your
homes, healthnd jobs will be at risk. richelle carey is here with more. >> everyone wants to know how will this effect you. depend where you live. we've broken it down. 64 million people in the densely populated north-east - they'll see the seasons get more extreme. heavier rain and snow, coastal flooding as sea levels rise. talk about the south. a change. torn aids and hurricanes. the midwest could benefit. the bread basket will likely have longer growing seasons. that could mean two harvests each year, and they could expect a rising carbon dioxide levels, heatwaves, drought and floods. and much of the great plains. the report says some communities suffer more of that, causing
billions in damages and water shortages. >> the south-west - expect to get hotter and drier. water shortages. earlier snow melt reducing the water supply, wreaking havoc on ecosystems. alaska - it's warmed twice as rapidly as the rest of the u.s. in the past 60 years, and hawaii - higher temperatures, rising sea levels and increased storms, leading to a rising cost of living in some places and the cost of basic necessities like water could rise as well. there's the need to have regional solutions. national solutions that the white house proposed. cutting carbon pollutions, investing in clean energy. adapting transportation, health care to prepare for the impact
on climate change, and working with other countries to address climate change globally. the white house says if we don't act we'll have a multibillion tab, and many problems will be irreversible. >> thank you. talk of climate change fires up party activism. mike viqueira is at the white house with more. it will not be easy for president obama to change some people's minds on capitol hill, does it. >> you are right. the die was cast. the partisan's lines were drawn. the cap and trade legislation put forward. a lot of promise, the white house was hopeful, it failed and many think it cost democrats seats over the long firm. we had a situation where democrats from louisiana, arkansas, alaska, in the senate are pushing things like the keystone pipeline. it is pushed by the conservative
democrats, going rogue against the president. they gave a series of interviews to meteorologists and he talked about some of the recalls trants that he met in congress over the course of the last six years. >> we have been signing this for the last five years. you've seen some of the resistance from congress. part of the reason for putting forward the assessment, involving hundreds of people, experts, businesses, not for profits and local communities sharing their experiences is we want to the emphasise to the public that this is not a distant problem of the future. this is a problem affecting americans right now. >> it bears repeating that there's a big decision looming. not just keystone, but something immediate. president obama set a june 1st deadline for regulations governing coal-fired power plants. a major supplier of electricity. both sides are gearing up for
that. >> is this an issue that could affect the midterm elections? >> absolutely. when the president goes to fundraisers in the midterms, and complains to democrats that they do not turn out from midterm elections, republicans have an advantage. by virtually every independent nament. the odds are that it will go to a republican majority after the elections. that would goom prospects for president obama pushing through the agenda. >> it's not something democrats want to see. >> mitch mcconnell is up for re-election. he talked about not just climate change, but some of the changes that obama administration will propose and their affects op middle class jobs. >> i am sure he'll get loud cheers from liberal elites, the kind that leave a large
footprint and lecture everyone else on low flush toilets. >> it talks about a year of action using the men and phone. starting with the new regulations in a couple of weeks. >> mike viqueira at the white house. thank you. amanda bangui is an assistant professor and found a link between climate change and mental health. pollution, she says, can increase the incidents of suicide. amanda joins us from salt lake city. welcome. >> hi. >> how did your team discover air pollution correlated with high suicide rates. >> we look at the association between short-term exposure and risk of suicide. in salt lake two 2000 to 2010. >> were you surprised by what you found. >> yes, we were surprised.
we found on increased suicide from nige gen dye ox ied. we expected to see that the risk would be highest in the winter time and the risk was greatest in the spring. >> when you saw the report come out today, do you think the suicide rates headed up. >> the message i got from the report is environmental risk factors are associated with a number of health outcomes and suicide. air pollution will be impacted by climate change. and as we continue to study the association, which we were going to, we have to consider climate change's affect on air pollution. >> so what environmental factors in particular are related to suicide. >> well, there's a number of environmental factors, beside now air pollution, there are
meteorological variables, such as sunshine, temperature and rain fall. they will be impacted by climate change. >> the city with colder, gloomier climate contributed to high suicide rates. that's true? >> that is not true. that was the impression most had. it's not the case. there's a positive association between increasing temperatures, duration of sunshine and a negative association in increasing rain fall and suicide risk. it's a little counterintuitive. all may vary as an as a result of climate change. >> you believe air pollution, the air that we breathe, and if it's high in pollution has an impact in mental health? >> yes, i do. there's more research done that is linking air pollution with mental illness. we know that air pollution
results with a number of pore outcomes, mental illness among those, and there's evidence of suicide as well. >> thank you very much. good to talk with you. >> thank you. >> climate change is causing problems at lake mead. after a decade of drought the lake is at its lowest level since construction. melissa chan reports. >> reporter: we talk about the drought in california, how about a drought that lasted a decade. we are at lake made, it's a reservoir that serves los angeles, and there are major challenges for southern nevada. >> lake mead, the largest reservoir in the country, created with the completion of hoover dam. it bottles up water and reliably provided water for decades. the future is not looking as bright. >> in 2012 and 2013, those consecutive years were two of the driest years on record.
>> take a look behind me. this white band is the water mark where the water used to be. we are standing at 100 feet below the top of that mark. the lake is at its lowest level since construction. after more than a decade of the droughtment the lake holds half its maximum capacity. because it provides 90% of los angeles's water, stakes are high and pressure on to support water for the city. >> water, sooner rather than late will come back to bite us, because it is not an unlimited source. >> it turns out the city of excess has one of the highest per cap ita water consumption rates despite conservation efforts. the biggest culprit not hotels and casinos, but - landscaping
at golf resorts and suburban sprawl. 70 to 100,000 residents move here every year. las vegas saw a dip in the recession, but is making a comeback. the water supply must meet future demand. >> that is approximately 2 million people that depend on our organization to make sure every time they turn on the tap, water comes out. it's a responsibility we do not take lightly. >> indeed, the water authority will spend big money to fulfil its mission. lake made tops out at 100,000 feet above sea level, with two pipes pumping water to los angeles. if dry conditions continue, it will expose pipes, making pumping water impossible. >> at a cost of the $817 million, the authority will build a third intake, sucking water near the bottom of the lake. it's an expensive project, and
the water authority says not the only answer. conservation is equally important. >> part of the challenge has been to get people to realise that the changes they make at their one little itty bitty house in the vast metropo louse makes a dinners if everyone participates. >> if may be the biggest gamble, chasing growth while chasing water. it may not be sustainable, but this is sin city, and the bet is on. >> reporter: just another example of how desperate the situation is, southern nevada is considering a $15 million people project to move water from the north down south. >> conditions are no better in neighbouring california. a severe drought in history is threatening crops, and while water readings are at lows, jennifer london joins us from los angeles to explain that.
>> reporter: well, the severe and prolonged drought is threatening crops and the drinking water. about a third of california's water comes from snow melts, and there's precious little snow in the mountains. it's one thing to talk about how little snow there is, it's another to see it. we have aerial images telling the story of a long dry woint in the sierra nevada mountains. this video was shot for al jazeera. we maffed a camera -- placed a camera on an aircraft used to take aerial shots of the snow pack. it's a joint project. they are trying, with the aerial measurements, is get accurate readings. they fly at 70,000 feet over the sierra nevada, and they can pinpoint the snow pack with
precision. the snow pack is shallow, even at the highest elevations. >> after two sizeable years of droughts, the reservoirs are lower than they are normally at this time of year. so if we had a good year of snow pack, we'd fill that up, and there would be no problem. we have a lousy snow pack. we have not much to put into already a serious deficit. so many of those reservoirs will not full to their capacity this year. and as we head out into the dry summer months, then raging will become a reality. california's department of water resources says the snow pack is at 4.3% of average, meaning the dry winter will make for a long parched summer in california. >> jennifer london.
thank you. the risk of a rising sea level is hitting south florida hard. miami beach and other cities are trying to reduce the damage. natasha ghoneim is there with more. >> reporter: i'm stopping on a major road on miami-beach. during high tide the area is a mess. it's not uncommon for me to be up to my shins. they are installing the drainage pipes, pump stations and elevating the street to alleviate flooding. one geologist we spoke to says these efforts are for nought. we spoke to geologist at the university of miami and said we are living on borrowed time. it's not a matter of if south florida will be uninhabitable, it's a matter of when. miami and miami beach were built
on limestone and sand. they are porous, making it easier for sea water to rise up. by some estimates as early as 2048, there could be a 2 foot sea level rise. that's right here, along the construction cone, which means flooding will be more persistent. to put it into perspective the professor says it's a mortgage cycle away. that's goep natasha ghoneim ror k in miami. and rising sea levels are a concern for coastal communities. jacob ward is in san francisco with more. >> reporter: well, it's extraordinary how many people rising sea levels will effect, fully 50% of the population of the united states lives in coastal counties, 164 million people. today's climate assessment points out we could see from a
single foot to 4.5 rise at the end of the century. does not sound like much. i'm standing at the high water mark, at the high tight mark. goodnight me you see at&t park, which if there is a 4.5 sea level rise, the fifth row will be the first one out of the water. the rest of the field was underwater. let me show it to you on a map. you can see what san francisco looks like, the area i'm in. next to it, the flooding version of it would be. this was put to it by the marine ecologist. that is not just true in the united states. we were able to take steps. there's places like venice and barcelona, it would be inundated or cities like bangkok. the most visited city in the world would be absolutely under water. the place would be damaged
beyond repair. you are looking at incredible damage. as mentioned a prediction of two feet would be unbelievable. you talked about two feet would cause a trillion damage in property damage alone. >> people like to build on the beach and on the water and take at&t park there. it's a beautiful setting. it looks terrific. based on what we have learnt from the report today, what is the threat to coastal communities around the united states? >> well, there really is no end to the amount of damages. it's not just here in san francisco, where so much damage would be - so much would be lost. this is one of the busiest ports. if you think of two-thirds of the united states, imported water flows, that alone would be irreparably damaged by the sea level rise.
it's a question of do you go hard or soft at the problem. do you build a hard solution or a bar your of some sort. which will contribute to erosion. or do you try for the expensive complicated soft approach which is what the netherlands would pioneer, building canals so water can flow in and out. that is not the way the united states is built for. the report has us rethinking all of that. >> as you are talking i was trying to think how they would protect the baseball part. what are authorities in san francisco and elsewhere thinking about doing to cope with this. that is a great question. do you go hard or soft. in this particular city, san francisco, they have slowly began to look at sustainable plans where you can create canals going in and out of the
city. they have looked at drainage systems that have thrown up a big drain opened out to protect the city. that billion dollar project is the kind much thing that people in the netherlands looked at and said, you know, it's too much hubrous to think we could hold it back. they are talking about the soft approach. that may be what we have to do in the u.s. >> it's a discussion we'll continue to have. thank you very much. >> as we continue our special report how climate change may already be affecting the cost of what you put on the dinner table. plus, how researchers are using genetics to breed life stock that can survive climate
. good evening i'm meteorologist kevin corriveau. we have been talking about rain showers popping up. what is happenings is the high pressure that was dominating the area was beginning to break down allowing a little bit of moisture. temperatures are warm. 95, oklahoma city is 93 degrees. we are looking at the red flight acompassing out the states. we are not concerned because the temperatures and winds go down. tomorrow we are concerned. they'll not be as hot as they were today.
we are seeing a break. we are seeing the chance of severe weather popping up, especially down here towards texas. below the board of oklahoma, that will be the main focus. as we go towards thursday the temperatures drop down. we'll change it out for severe whether across much of the area, anywhere from minnesota to texas. this could be the next tornado outblack. we'll watch this carefully as it makes its way to the east. that is a look at your weather and
>> announcer: an al jazeera special report - climate change and you. despite the growing evidence of change , detail in the report, 40% of americans either don't believe in it or simply don't know. researchers say every corner of the united states has been affected by climate change. in the west ranchers are struggling to cope because of drought which was pushing the
price of beef to historic highs. paul beban joins us from elizabeth, california. how are ranchers deal with the problem. >> reporter: good evening. that's right, we are in elizabeth colorado, this is high and dry ranch land. ranchers say it is getting drier every year. it's in the region of a mega drought. it's been going on for more than a decade and intensifying. ranchers here are trying to cope with shrinking fasture land and rising feed cost by cutting the size of their herd, the overall product available for consumption, why the beef prices are near 30 year highs. i talked to a rancher. she has been farming and ranching here for decades. here is what she told me about her current situation. >> we sold 17 mommas, half the
heard. we had 40 mum yes cows. 17 - most of them are bread cows. it was a hard thing for us to do. >> i was going to say it was a financial impact and an emotional impact. it's emotional for me. it was your lifestyle. >> i know it sounds crazy, but i do get attached to the animals. >> reporter: ann used to grow hay. they haven't been able to do that for years. spring rain and summer showers - there's no more spring snow pack and the cost of hay has gone from $100 to $300 a tonne. that's where they can't make the margins. other than hay, what is the biggest challenge facing the ranchers raising cattle. >> what it comes down to is it's about moisture, rain, it's all about snow pack, and with the
forecast what they are and the recent history, if that trend doesn't change, it will be harder and harder for neighbours like ann and her neighbours to survive and deliver the lifestyle. thank you. >> as the planet becomes hotter, humans are not the only ones affected. there's an impact along the food chain. in the first person report we here from dr carl schmitt. his team are trying to breed sturdier chickens. >> my area in the arab agriculture were concerned about the impact in common change in feeding the future population. >> our concern is not the two degree global increase, but rather the increased occurrence prolonged and hotter heat waves. that is when we lose birds. that's when they die off.
one of the reasons we are interested in looking back in let's, say, africa and south america is that those animals are very exposed to the environment. so we think that there's a lot of variation in the animals that will help us understand how they survive and in the long run. and this would take not ghent etic engineering but classical breeding. we can first of all hopefully adapt more backyard flocks to survive, increasing trust. and also, if necessary, move some of the genes to confer heat and resilience into the chickens used for industry, poultry production. we are confronted with the challenge of offsetting the damage done to the environment. we are confronted with the challenge ultimately in
40-50 years of feeding 9 billion people. i do not believe that all of these problems can be offset by the approach of agriculture. it has to be a combined global effort. >> researchers say if temperatures rise, they don't need to rely on heat-resistant animals to feed the world. a recap of the top story - the obama administration says change is an american economic problem, one that can no longer be ignored. the report details every day life. the use of fossil fuels is already having a severe impact across the country, the 800 page report detailing the economic impact that climate change is going to have and is having on infrastructure, water supply and agriculture. from one exchange to the other, here is an image that caught our attention. the freeze frame - flooding in minneapolis the man looks like
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