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our next show, we will see you online. barack obama hails the support of araben nations in launching air strikes in syria. this is not america's fight alone, above all the people and governments in the middle east, are rejecting isil. also in the program, the takeover of much of the capitol. as a conspiracy against his country. israel shoots two palestinians dead, it says, they are accused of
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killing three jewish teenagers. plus. -- coming up we will see how people here are coping two weeks after the worst flooding in more than a century. ♪ for the first time, the u.s. is lead also bombing campaign inside syria. now, it is mainly targeting areas of the country held by fighters from the islamic state of iraq. otherwise known as isil. president barack obama hailed the support of arab nations saying it is not america's fight alone. several areas were targeted including the isil strong hold. the pent gone says the operation involved a war planes, drones, and team hawk missiles. the y. led the attacks with support from jordan, saudi arabia, the u.e.a. cut tar and bahrain.
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at least 70 fighters were killed. a correspondent white house correspondent reports. over the course of three hours 200 bombs and cruise missiles were filed. the vast majority from american war planes and ships. but u.s. president made sure to highlight the u.s. didn't go it alone. we are are joins by our friends and partners, saudi arabia, jordan, bahrain, and qatar. america's proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security. the administration is denying reports it coordinated the strikes with syria. and warned not to interfere with u.s. planes. the target with the islamic state group in iraq and the levan,
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headquarters storage building and finance center. but they weren't the only tarts. a group affiliated with al quaida. >> david shoulder in new york, we are breaking away from that report on the u.s. air strikes against the islamic state to bring you president obama at the united nations. he is addressing the general assembly on climate change. let's listen to the president's remarks. >> all the immediate challenges that we gather to address are this week. terrorism, instability, inequality, disease, there's one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically, than any other. and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate. five years have passed since many of us met. our understanding has
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advanced. both in the deepening science that says this once distant threat has moved firmly into the present. and into the sting of more frequent extreme weather events that show us exactly what these changes may mean for future generations. no nation is immune. in america, the past decade has been our hottest on record. along our eastern coast, the city of miami now floods at high tide. in our west, wild fires season now stretches most of the year. in our heart land, farms have been parched by the worst drought in generations, and drenched by the wettest spring in our history. a hurricane left parts of this great city dark and
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under water, and some nations already live with far worst. worldwide, this summer was the hottest ever recorded. the global carbon emissions still on the rise. so the climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. the alarm bells keep ringing. our citizens keep marching. we cannot pretend we don't hear them, we have to answer the call. we know what we have to do to avoided irreparable harm. we have to cut carbon pollution in our own country cans to prevent the worst effects of climate change. we have to adapt to the impacts that unformingly we can no longer avoided.
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way have to work together about a global community, before it is too late. we cannot condemn our children, and their chirp, to a future that is beyond their capacity to repair. not when we have the means, the technological invasion, and the scientific imagination to begin the work of repairing it right now. as one of america's governors has said, we are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it. so today i am here personally, with the leader of the world's largest economy, and it's second largest emitter, to say that we have begun to do something about it. the united states has made ambitious investments in clean energy. and ambitious reare ductions in our car
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monoemissions p within a decade our cars will go twice as far on a gallon of gas, and every major auto maker offered electric vehicles. in air homes and our buildings and our appliances. all of which will save consumers billions of dollars and we are committed to helping communities build climate resilient infrastructure. so all told these advances have helped create jobs, grow our economy, and drive our carbon pollution to it's lowest levels in nearly two decades. proving that there does not have to be a conflict between a sound environment and strong economic growth. over the past eight years the united states has reare deuced our total
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pollution by more than any other nation on earth. but we have to do more. last year i issued america's first climax plan. to double down on our efforts. under that plan my administration is working with states and utilities to set first ever standards to cut the amount of pollution our power plants are dump into the air. when completed this will mark the single most important and significant step the united states has ever taken to reduce our carbon emissions. last week alone we announced an array of new actions in renewable energy, and energy efficiency. that will save consumers more than $10 billion on their energy bills and cut carbon pollution by nearly 300 million metric tons. that's the equivalent of taking more than
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60 million cars off the road for one year. i also con can screened a group of private sector leader whose have agreed to do their part to slash consumption of dangerous greenhouse gases. slash them 80% by 2050, and already more than 100 nations have agreed to launch talks to phase down under the montreal protocol. the same agreement the world used successfully to phase out depleting chemicals. just a few minutes ago, i met with chinese site premier, and reiterated my belief that it is the two largest economies and emitters in the world, we have a special responsibility to lead. it is what big nations have to do.
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today i call on all countries to join us. not next year or the year after that, but right now. because no nation can meet this global threat alone. the united states is enganged morale lies and partners to cut carbon pollution. and prepare for the impacts we cannot avoided. all told american climate assistance now reaches more than 120 nations around the world. we are helping more nations skip pass the dirty phase of development, using current technologies, not duplicated the same mistakes and inenvironmental degradation that took place previously. we are partners with african entrepreneurs to launch clean. >> in. we are helping farmers practice smart agriculture. we are building coalitions to drive action from reducing methane emissions from
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pipelines to launching a free trade agreement for environmental goods. we have been working shoulder to shoulder with many of you, to make the fund a reality. but let me be honest, none of this is without controversy. in each of our countries, there are interests that will be resistant to action. and in each country, there is a suspicious that if we act and other countries don't, that we will be at an economic disadvantage. but we have to lead. that is with the united nations and this general assembly is about. the truth is is that no matter where we do, some populations will still be at risk. the nation's that
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contribute the least to climate change often stand to lose the moment. most. and that's why since i took off, the united states has ex-minded our direct adaptation assistance eight fold, and we are going to do more. today i am drecking our federal agencies to begin factors climate resilience into our development programs and investments. i am announcing a new effort to deploy the unique scientific capabilities of the united states from climate data to early warning systems. so this effort include as new partnership that will draw the resources from our leading private sector companies to help vulnerable nations better prepare for weather related disasters. and better plan for long term threats like steadily rising seas. yes, this is hard, but there should be no question that the united states of america is stepping up to the plate. we reck are nice our roll in creating this problem. we embrace our responsibility to combat
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it. we are do our part, and helping them do theirs. ewe can only succeed if we are joins in this effort by every nation. and developing the light, nobody gets a pass. the emerging economies that have experienced the growth in recent years have also emitted rising levels of carbon pollution. it is those economies that are likely to produce more and more carbon emissions in the years to come. so nobody can stand on the sidelines we have to set aside the old device. we have to raise our collective ambition, each of us doing what we can to confront this global challenge.
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this time we need an agreement that reflects economic reactor tills in the next decade and beyond. it must be ambitious. because that's what the scale of this challenge demands. it must be inclusive, because every country must play it's part. and yes, it must be flexible because different nations have different circumstances. america will meet that target, we will put forward our next target reflecting our confidence in the ability of our entrepreneurs and scientific inveigh tors to lead the way. so today i call on major economies to do the same. i beef in the words of
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dr. king, that there is such a thing as being too late, and for the sate -- our generation must move towards a global contact to prevent a changing climate while we still can. this challenge demands our ambition, our children deserve such ambition. and if we act now, we can look beyond the swarm of current events and some of the economic challenges and political challenges involved if we place the air that our children will breathe and the food that they will eat and the hopes and dreams of all posterity, we may not be too late for them. we can act to see that the century ahead is marked not by conflict by cooperation. but by human progress, and that the world we leave to our children and our children's children
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will be cleanest and healthier and more prosperous and secure. thank you very much. >> president obama talking about the u.s. efforts to combat global climate change, the president announced that he will now use executive actions to have climate resilience as he has described taken into account when the united states designed international development program, and investments. that there's essentially a factor about climate thing that goes introduce these decisions. joins ur here, what did you make of the remarks. >> i am here in new york right now. >> at the white house. >> you are so accustom to saying that. >> you bring the white house with you. >> you get a feeling everything else that is happening the president -- obviously it is a long planned speech, a long planned gathering. he is checking a box here, he has bigger fish to fry, and he has probables with his environmental decowher.
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part of the political base, they are disappointed that he hasn't outright rejected keystone, they are disappointed for his fracking. that he was unable to -- reducing carbon levels. the president mentioned cope haggan that was his first waterloo, when things fell apart there, when he tried to no, sir an agreement and bring it home to the united states.÷he
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american foreign policy and the military. >> normally at the white house, here with us. >> good to be here. >> great to have you here, we will take a quick break, and on the other side of this, rewill get reaction to the announcement of the united nations about the executive action that he will order regarding efforts on climate change that's ahead, you are watching al jazeera america.
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only on al jazeera america welcome back. president obama just spoke to the general assembly about climate change. he says i am here personally, because we the united states have begun to do something about climate change. he said yes this is hard, but no question we are stepping up to the plate. to now take climate resilience, as it is being describes as far as the international development programs and investments that the administration and the sun government are are participating and creating. joining us by phone, she is the executive director of the georgetown climate center. what was the announcement this morn. >> i was glad to hear it, i think he set forth an ambitious program that ranges from clean energy development, here and
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abroad, to resilience infrastructure investment. to data and tools. reducing potent greenhouse gases like methane, and refrigerants. preserving forrest, and of course building on the climate action plan that he announced over a year ago now. >> the president pointed out that a number of countries are afraid to take steps because of fear they will fall behind, and that fear must be legitimate, as my colleague was just pointing out, india and -- china and rush are sha are actually they are leaders are not participating in this. >> well, it is true at the moment, although i would say china is taking steps to reduce including the fact that they are showing the effects. but i think he made the point, this dichotomy between economic and environmental sustainable is a false choice.
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you have seen talk this week with the dovements many coal from some major businesses, this is the future. are. >> has the futures will pasted us? the world is not taking enough steps to keep up with the change, do you see the political will existing to try to change that? >> will, i think we have to start at home. because the u.s. has to been a leader. so i think that having his leadership is important to get the other major emitting countries along. we are making progress here at home, and i think that does make a difference. not just executive action, but under an existing statutes. they look to the u.s. for leader ship, and hopefully he can bring them to the table. >> executive director of the georgetown climate
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