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beach. >> me too. put on the sunblock. enjoy the sunshine today. thank you for watching kpix5 news this morning. >> cbs this morning is coming up next. have a great day, everyone. sxz it's monday, april 22. welcome to "cbs this morning." sri lanka's government blames a massacre on militants tied to an international network. when the capital of the investigation of suicide bombings that killed nearly 300 people, including some americans. why a top democrat says they can't afford to do nothing about president trump. for earth day, a special series of reports we are calling earth matters. we'll take you to every continent to show you how people
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around the world are tackling environmental challenges from pollution to extreme weather to delivering clean energy. >> with that, we begin with today's "eye opener." your world in 90 seconds. >> terror attacks that targeted churches and hotels. another explosion near the church. >> the death toll rises in sri lanka. >> 23 people are under arrest. >> a warning came days ago. >> in new mexico, the leader of a militia group detaining migrant families is in federal custody. u.s. is ending sanction waivers for countries that import iranian oil. >> going to zero. >> the partisan battle is escalating.
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>> there's nothing wrong with taking information from russians. depends on where it came from. a flight from miami to boston. they were part of a student group. >> in ukraine, a comedian who plays the president on tv will soon lead the country. >> all that -- >> into the stands. >> check out the dad who saves his kid. father of the year award. >> all that matters -- >> near the wall and it is -- he caught it. he caught it! now he's airmailing back to first. there's the throw to second. they are going to get him. >> on "cbs this morning." ♪ >> the viral video superstar that performed the final retune. >> all woman power. she did not disappoint in this stunner of a closing performance. a 9.95 out of ten at the college championships. >> wait for it.
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>> drop it. ♪ welcome to "cbs this morning." as you wake up in the west, there was a new explosion this morning in sri lanka after the deadly attacks easter sunday. this latest blast followed a string of suicide bombings targeting christians celebrating easter. the sri lanka government says they were carried out by a local group of muslim radicals. it killed at least 290 people and injure 30d 0. the health minister says warnings from intelligence agencies were not followed. they targeted three churches in three hotels in simultaneous attacks easter sunday morning.
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elizabeth palmer is in the capital. good morning to you on this terrible day in sri lanka. >> reporter: indeed. i'm standing in front of the first church to be bombed yesterday. as i was walking down here, about half hour ago to talk to you, the other bomb went off around the corner. we don't know about casualties, yet. witnesses say that police spotted a suspicious van and when the bomb squad turned up to diffuse what turned out to be a bomb inside, it went off. a short time ago, the sri lanka government accused this local home grown islamist extremist group of carrying out yesterday's bombing and specifically, they said the group sent seven suicide bombers to do the deed, all of them from
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sri lanka. the church clock here in columbo the minute it hit. now, they are combing through the debris. by this morning, the government announced 24 men under arrest. yesterday's attack was coordinated and of unprecedented cruelty. it left landmark churches in ruins and killed or maimed scores of roman catholics. what should have been one of the joy oust days left overwhelming grief. at the three hotels, people from sri lanka and tourists alike died as they went to sunday brunch. >> a sad moment. a cowardly attack. it's not just an attack, it's a
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very gross, gruesome attack on humanity. >> a civil war between buddhists. sri lanka believed the worst of the violence was over. they were wrong. in columbo, police are everywhere. normally crowded streets are quiet. a country stunned and fearful. they are afraid, but also angry, as i came through the streets here after that most recent bomb went off, people poured out of the houses and mobbed soldiers trying to get through on motorcycles. there's no question, the situation here is very tense with a history of violence in this country. the government is very nervous that things could explode. >> looks that way this morning,
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elizabeth palmer, thank you. john miller is the deputy police commissioner and former senior correspondent. good morning. you heard the tense situation, the controlled explosion as well as police finding 87 bomb detonators at a bus station this morning. what are you hearing from counter intelligence? >> from the time it started at four something in the morning yesterday, the chief of intelligence, chief james waters from counterterrorism, the wheels started turning in new york about getting information about what they were seeing there and what we didn't like, a complex multilocation attack that was well organized and making sure we put the pieces in place here against similar targets. >> you don't like the idea of a complex multidestination because it suggests and outside force outside of the country? >> when you look at this and see seven or eight locations off the bat in near simultaneous
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staggers then other later ones, then raids on places where suspects set off bombs, what you are looking at is the kind of operation that would take a great deal of organization, a good deal of funding and more importantly, a fairly large number of people for your average terrorist plot, which increases operational security. how do they run it for so long with planning and wheels turning without it being found. >> then there's word that the government had been told something ten days ago, there could be an attack on the church. does that mean they didn't believe it or take it seriously? >> they did put out a notice to other government officials and the threat itself touched a number of important other investigations. so, we have seen this here in the united states, gayle. it's one of those things that the government had the right take on it, figure out who did it and get them first and look at our own processes after. that's what they have said they
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are going to do. >> they are worried about more attacks coming. the sri lanka government shut down all social media, facebook, what's app, other social media sites used there in sri lanka. does that help the situation, do you believe, that they took? >> it's hard to second guess them from here. it's always something that sends a chill up a democratic government. the reason was to prevent misinformation and we have seen a lot of discussion since they did that about, i believe the headline from a newspaper was, you know, the tensions are the heat and social media could be the match. >> we have been talking about lone wolves when talking terrorism. this sense of coordination, does that put in mind for you any particular organization? >> we have to ask ourselves a couple questions. let's make it three. number one, if the research of al qaeda which has been
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expanding its network to pick up affiliates, it's more their style. two, is this isis influenced group when they have gone from being a caliphate, gone from infantry and now solely as a terrorist group. and number three, this is a local group that's grown in sophistication and complexity? >> the three churches and luxury hotels. does that say anything to you? >> it does. this was an attack directed against christians specifically with a ting of economic targets. they want to strike at a given religion. i think we have been waiting for that shoe to drop since the attack on the mosque in new zealand. both on the 15th for isis and the 18th for al qaeda. their leaders have calls on all the affiliate groups to do an attack in revenge for that. that is speculation there. it's certainly something to look at. >> got it. >> john miller, thanks so much
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for being here. pope francis denounced the killings during his easter mass. the pontiff addressed around 70,000 people in st. peter's square yesterday. he condemned the cool violence and grave attacks on the churches and hotels. the pope's message addressed conflicts around the entire world. he called on political leaders to put aside their differences and work for peace. in washington, more democrats are considering the option of impeaching president trump now that most of special counsel robert mueller's report has been made public. house democrats plan to hold a conference call to discuss what speaker of the house nancy pelosi calls a grave matter. the president responded accusing democrats of wrong doing. paula reid is at the white house with the latest on this story. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, gayle. the white house is declaring the mueller report a total victory for the president, the scrutiny
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continues. democrats refuse to take impeachment off the table even though they acknowledge it is risky. >> a lot of great things happening for the country. thank you very much. >> reporter: as president trump attended easter services, mueller avoided questions outside his church. >> will you testify in front of congress? >> no comment. >> reporter: the first time he's spoke since being apounted special counsel. the president's attorney insisted it is acceptable to take information from a foreign country. >> i would say out of excess ov caution, don't do it. >> reporter: why mueller didn't bring charges against those in the june 2016 trump tower meeting. donald trump jr., jared kushner and trump campaign manager, paul manafort who met with a lawyer
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promising dirt on hillary clinton. >> they went to the meeting. that's conspiracy there. >> reporter: in the report, he explained he didn't bring charges against them because he could not prove they set out to commit a crime. elizabeth warren distinguished herself by calling for impeachment over the weekend. >> the constitution of the united states and it says if a president engages in this kind of activity, it's time for impeachment. >> elijah cummings was more cautious. >> not there yet. i can foresee that possibly coming. >> reporter: cummings also said he believes the president could emboldened if democrats do nothing. he urged caution. house democrats continue to pursue over a dozen investigations into the president and his administration. those are expected to continue through 2020. >> paula, thank you so much. former vice president, joe
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biden is expected to announce this week he is running for the democratic nomination. sources say the announcement is expected on wednesday. his actions with women have been questioned lately. at least seven said they felt uncomfortable. massachusetts congressman, seth moulton said he is in the democratic race. he is the 20th candidate for the 2020 nomination. biden would be the 21st. it makes the largest and most diverse democratic field in presidential history. >> lots to choose from. >> exactly right. if someone isn't there that pleases you or fits your make up, i'm sure more can get in. this morning, a search is intensifying for a missing 5-year-old boy in a chicago suburb. the parents of andrew a.j. friend told police they last saw him when they went to bed.
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they realized he was missing in the morning. crowds gathered for a.j. dean reynolds is following the story and explains why police may be turning their attention to the boy's family. >> reporter: investigators say they are focusing their search on the family's home where 5-year-old a.j. went missing on wednesday. police say k-9 teams found no evidence of a.j. leaving the home and that dogs picked up the scent in the trunk of his parent's car. >> we are extremely worried. >> reporter: a.j.'s father has been pleading for his son's safe return. >> a.j., please come home. we love you very much. >> reporter: friends spent three hours at the police department saturday. >> if anybody knows where andrew jr. is, please, please contact the crystal lake police department. >> reporter: the department of services has been in contact with the parents since 2013 when
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he was born with opiates in his system. neglect against his mother, joann cunningham. he was in custody at a month old and returned him home 18 months later. more recent allegations of neglect by both parents prove to be unfounded. he agreed to re-enter drug treatment. when cunningham said she may be a suspect in the disappearance, her attorney said he told her to remain silent. >> she doesn't know what happened to a.j. and had nothing to do with the disappearance of a.j. >> reporter: saturday, crystal lake police chief told the chicago tribune, the fact both parents stopped cooperating with us raises our suspiciouses. police have not announced any arrests in the case. for "cbs this morning," dean reynolds, chicago. >> a lot of questions there. a new cbs news poll finds more than half of americans think the environment will be
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worse for the next generation. it found 59% of americans believe humanity can do something to stop climate change. we are continues what was started by walter cronkite. we will take you to every continent to look at the challenges and solutions from high emissions in london and air pollution in india to water concerns in new mexico and australia and deforestization in the amazon. it's part of the earth matters broadcast. >> a day set aside for a nationwide outpouring of mankind seeking its own survival, earth day. >> on april 22nd, 1970, cbs news marked the first ever earth day with a special report anchored by walter cronkite. >> the gravity of the message of earth day came through, act or die. >> clear days are fewer now. instead of forever, the view
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often stops with haze. >> cbs news correspondents reported on protest, clean-up efforts and calls of action across the country. >> it's going to get worse. >> the start of the modern environmental movement. seeing the river bed like this doesn't bottomer you? >> now, we are covering the environmental issues of the day. >> it's not natural. it's caused by human activity. >> this time from every corner of the globe. >> we are going to climb this tower. >> in the amazon where deforestization threatened everything from the plants and animals to the indigenous tribes who live there. >> if you need a taxi, get into one of these. >> we go to new delhi, inn dia, one of the most polluted cities in the world. >> for our generation, climate change is obvious.
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we are not only experience it, but we are not threatened by what it means in temples of change and doing business in order to respond to that. >> on the first earth day, walter cronkite said cleaning the environment would take sacrifice. >> those who ignore earth day is one thing. if you ignore the crisis of the planet, that's another. >> so glad we are doing this series to show everybody there's something we can all do. >> that's right. thank you, walter. happy monday to you. the heat is on across the bay area as we go through the next few days as high pressure strengthens and builds for us. sunny and warm today. highs inland in the low to mid 80s and warmer for your tuesday and wednesday. we're talking near 90 degrees inland. so our highs today, 72 in san francisco. mid 80s santa rosa
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it is 7:26. i'm michelle griego. this is your update. a condo complex caught fire in san francisco. it happened around 3:30 this morning on sutter street near frankland. flames were quickly knocked down so no word on what started this fire. southwest worker was planning demonstrations today at bay area airports. they're calling outside southwest for using non union contractors and the protest scheduled in a few minutes. they'll be a hearing to discuss the proposed reservations and fees to drive down lumbar street in san francisco. the transportation committee will consider the proposal in sacramento. news updates on
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good morning. we have trouble spots we are tracking on the e-shore freeway. it's slowing you down if you're headed towards the city this morning. let's take a look where this accident is. it's on the right shoulder westbound at carlson. no longer blocking lanes but slowing down your commute as you make your way toward the bridge. it's a 34 minute drive from highway 4 to the maze. one more that's popped up. this is on westbound 580 at spring town. this is in the center divide, but slowing down after a slow altamont pass and one last final thing in the south bay, 237, there's an accident eastbound. emily. a sunny and warm day. this is the start. heat is on as we go through the next few days. the warmest temp wez we have seen. highs inland, dough to mid 80s and warmer for tomorrow and wednesday. upper 80s to near 90 degrees inland tomorrow and wednesday. check out our highs, above average for this
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♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." here are three things you should know this morning. the trump administration announced minutes ago that all countries buying iranian oil need to stop or be subject to u.s. sanctions. last november the state department issued eight 180-day waivers. their purpose was to give governments more time to find alternative sources of oil. allies, including japan, south korea, and turkey, are still importing oil from iran. the waivers expire next week. the move comes about one year after the u.s. decided to leave the iran nuclear deal. boeing is rejecting claims
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of shoddy production at its dreamliner factory in south carolina after a "new york times" report. the paper's investigation found the company pushed its work force to quickly turn out dreamliners and at times ignored manufacturing and safety issues raised by employees. boeing called the report skewed and inaccurate and said its aircraft meet rigorous quality inspections and faa standards. the report comes after an investigation into the certification of the boeing 737 max aircraft. that model was involved in two deadly crashes within five months. and tesla says it's investigating an incident involving one of its vehicles exploding in a parking lot in china. it's the latest in a string of fires and explosions involving tesla cars. surveillance video, which has not been verified by cbs news, shows a parked car starting to smoke then suddenly bursting into flames. the automaker has sent a team to
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shanghai to investigation. no one was hurt in this incident. on this earth day, our correspondents are fanning out around the globe to bring us stories about our planet's health. our earth matters coverage begins with how deforestation threatens the amazon rain forest. three days in the world's largest jungle, trying to understand the effects of cutting down so many trees. vlad, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. for the past 20 years, environmentalists here in brazil thought they were making progress as the rate of amazon deforestation slowed way down. now activists are noticing it's starting to speed up again. combine that with a new brazilian president critical of environmental priorities. scientists say they're seriously concerned. a trip to the amazon is no simple journey nor one lightly
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taken. it usually involves multiple flights on planes that get noticeably smaller as the regions get more remote. after another hour in the back of a truck, we're finally here. this 200,000-acre industrial farm may not be what you imagine as the a.mazon, but it sits up against these massive walls of dense rain forest. in essence, it's the last line of civilization and the front line in the battle against deforestation. >> for us, it's the perfect laboratory to work. it's a very large farm, half forest and half farmland. we're able to set up different experiments to see the differences. >> reporter: mike coe is a soldier in that battle. his weapons are data. >> you cut down the forest, you're just adding to global warming. you're doing it by increasing the amount of carbon and by just heating up the surface. >> reporter: since the rise of
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large-scale industrial farming here in the past 50 years, scientists like coe estimate that almost 20% of the original amazon has been deforested, cut down to make way for agriculture. to measure the impact of all those lost trees, you've got to get above it all. >> this tower allows us to measure how forests -- >> reporter: and that's where scientist paolo brando works. >> one thing you notice is how breathtaking the view is. for scientists, it is not about the view. it's about the science. >> that tree is probably three or four tons of carbon it's storing. so it's carbon that would otherwise be in the atmosphere. >> what happens if these trees are cut down and that carbon is released? >> this carbon goes into the atmosphere and contributes to heat trap in the atmosphere. >> reporter: there's as much carbon captured and stored in
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all the trees of the amazon as the amount the entire planet has emitted over the past ten years. cut them down, and we effectively double the heat trapping gases of the past decade. but the trees are more than just carbon containers. >> some regions of the amazon, about 30% of the rain depends on the trees. in some parts of the amazon, it rains because of the trees. >> yes, because of the trees. >> reporter: they're a key part of the global weather cycle. they soak up water from the soil, it evaporates off the tree tops, and creates the life-giving rain that supports millions of people downwind. >> i prefer to call it the air conditioner of the earth. all that water rains out somewhere else. without that recycling of water, you have a lot less rain, a lot hotter planet. >> reporter: data shows that with less trees, the dry season around here has expanded by 3 1/2 weeks in the past 50 years. >> the problem is it's not being reforested. each year there's more being taken out and none being replaced. that's actually the problem.
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>> reporter: coe and his team may have discovered a solution. by relying on the jungle's original inhabitants. using field data and these remote cameras, the team has learned that large mammals actually are the best fertilizers. >> they are great at eating seeds and then dropping them somewhere else. >> those seeds, when they hit the ground, lead to reforestation. >> right. these animals are playing a big role in getting new trees to grow. >> reporter: also playing a big role, indigenous human populations who live in the area. with generations of climate knowledge over a huge swath of territory, they're the people most immediately affected by recent droughts and previously unheard of forest fires. >> his grandfather recognized that there were changes happening. >> things are changing here, and there is a pressure squeezing them. >> reporter: and they might also have some of the answers. >> it's going to be really important to engage indigenous
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people in this whole discussion of how can we make a landscape that works for everyone. >> reporter: those native communities have long been protected by the brazilian government, but that, too, is threatening to change. brazil's new president jair bolsonaro recently shifted power from the indigenous rights agenting si agency to the agricultural ministry. >> wow. vlad, what a great story and what a great adventure for you. what was it like just to experience the welcoming of the indigenous community? >> reporter: it was absolutely fabulous. to hear the chief's son, who we spoke to, tell us that his grandfather recognized these changes, it was incredibly moving. there's a custom that happens when you visited their village. they bring you to their crafts selection. we picked something out for gayle because it's yellow, it's bold, and it's an honor of you
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being named the "time" 100. so we told them there were three chiefs back in new york, and this is for one of those chiefs. >> yellow is certainly my color. i wore this earth dress today to go with it. it looked better on the hanger, i have to say. i could have used that necklace today. i feel like it looks like somebody threw up on me today. >> did you tell them how much gayle loves necklaces? >> reporter: we told them that, how much gayle loves necklaces and that she loves yellow. this is what they picked for us. >> it's beautiful. >> excellent choice, vlad. let's save the trees. thank you. the duke and duchess of sussex are having a family and apparently planning for their future. why prince harry and meghan's royal duties could take them to africa. and if you're on the go, subscribe to our podcast, today's stories in less than 20 minutes. you're watching "cbs this morning." podcast. you're watching "cbs this morning."
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prince harry and meghan markle have just settled into their new home near windsor
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castle, awaiting the birth of their first child, but they may be packing their bags again soon. the duke and duchess of sussexisussex could move to africa. if it happens, their royal duties would involve charity work and promoting britain. imtiaz tyab is outside buckingham palace. >> reporter: good morning. it's a beautiful day here outside of buckingham palace as we wait for the latest news on the royal birth that could come any day now, but it's the mom and dad to be, harry and meghan, that everybody's talking about. we're hearing they could be making a major move, a move so major they could cross continents. easter service at st. george's chapel on sunday, a tradition for the royal family and for prince harry one of his last engagements before he becomes a dad. his pregnant wife meghan sat out the service, but earlier in the
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day, "the sunday times" newspaper reported the duke and duchess of sussex are not only gearing up to become new parents but very possibly for another new role. this time in africa. roya nikkhah co-wrote the article. >> there's no doubt harry and meghan want a little bit of freedom from the uk. >> reporter: ha-rry and meghan already have a special connection to the continent. >> we camped out with each other under the stars. >> reporter: one of the diamonds in meghan's engagement ring is from botswana. harry told "town & country" magazine, this is where i feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world. >> the king and queen have done a lot of work here, but i think it's an opportunity for members of our royal family who do have that global appeal to boost the monarchy, boost bilateral
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relationship, which the uk needs now more than ever. >> reporter: we reached out to the palace to get more on that. they're not saying a whole lot, but they did say to cbs news that harry and meghan are in the early stages of planning their future, which could involve the move abroad. but right now, they're just focusing on the birth of their baby, which could come any day now. norah? >> all right. imtiaz, thank you. >> that's a big could. right now, they've just moved to windsor, i'm told. they redecorated the house. right now they just want to concentrate on having the baby and getting settled. the place has a yard where the baby can play. they're really excited about that. if this happens, and that's a big if, i don't believe it's happening any time soon. >> i know when you're about to have a baby, all you want to do is nest at home. >> my goodness. >> that waddle is real. that pregnancy waddle is real. you just want the baby to come. right now they just want to concentrate on being home in windsor and enjoying this baby boy or girl. i can't wait to see what this
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baby is going to look like. i can't wait for that first picture. all right. ahead, a look at this morning's other headlines, including what we're learning about the condition of a zookeeper who was attacked by a tiger over the weekend. but first, it's happy monday to you. a beautiful day all across the bay area with plenty of sunshine. warm day today and it gets even warmer still over the next few days. heat is on this week with the warmest temps we have seen this year coming for us. sunny and warm, highs inland in the low to mid 80s. warmer tuesday and wednesday and near 90 degrees inland. here are our high temperatures, 72 san francisco. 77 in oakland. mid 80s concord, fairfield and santa rosa.
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deputies were called last thursday after a group of teenagers got into a fight. ads the teen appeared to walk away, the deputy followed him, grabbed him, slammed him to the ground. the deputy had to act quickly so he wouldn't get hit or have his weapon taken. he's been placed on restricted duty. >> thank you for is the video. that's hard to watch. a zookeeper remains in intensive care after being attacked by a tiger in its outdoor habitat. officials say the zookeeper was not to be alone with the tiger. she suffered wounds to her head, neck, back, and arm. signs of recovery are positive. the zoo is not euthanizing the tiger and is reviewing its safety protocols. a deputy director made a cameo on last night's episode of "game of thrones." david cohen appeared in i.
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good morning, it's 7:57. east bay commuteers listen up. there's trouble spots that's going to choke up your commute and one is the bay bridge. beyond the normal backup, there's a stall at treasure island and getting through the toll plaza is backing up to the foot of the maze. westbound 80 at carlson, this crash has been moved to the right shoulder, but it's slow and go towards the day bridge or the richmond san raphael bridge which is backed up. and then finally our last one we're going to talk about is westbound 4 at san market boulevard. this is a stall, but the center lane is blocked and the number two lane and it's making it a mess. mary. >> thanks, emily are you ready for a warmup. plenty of warm temperatures today and this is the start, even warmer conditions for your tuesday and your wednesday. likely the warmest days out of the year so far coming tomorrow and wednesday. for today, above average. 72 in san francisco. 77 for oakland. 79 in free mount. 81 in san jose. mid 80s santa rosa,
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concord and fairfield, and there we go. heating up for tuesday and for wednesday. onshore flow begin to kick in with cooler temperatures, but still mild later this week.
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♪ good morning to you, our viewers in the west. it is earth day, monday, april 22nd, 2019. welcome back to "cbs this morning." 49 years ago today, walter cronkite marked first earth day with a special report. today, we're marking the occasion with a broadcast we're calling earth matters. see how climate change is affecting the rio grande and learn about a new effort in australia to tackle plastic waste in the oceans. also, how air pollution in london and india affects the health of millions. plus the new energy pioneers in south africa and what scientists in antarctica are learning about
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our changing planet. the changes are making our weather more extreme. we'll show you the simple things you can do to help. >> but we begin with new information on the deadly terror bombings in sri lanka. the u.s. embassy there confirms four americans are among those killed. it comes as a new blast went off this morning in colombo, not far from the scene of an easter sunday explosion at st. anthony's shrine. a van exploded when police tried to diffuse three bombs found inside. no one was hurt. but the death toll is still rising. after that series of blasts targeting people celebrating easter at catholic churches and luxury hotels. >> there were nine blasts on sunday with most taking place in the capital city of colombo. at least 290 people died there. elizabeth palmer is in colombo where the government has named a suspect. good morning. >> reporter: good morning.
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the most recent bomb went off just around the corner from where i'm standing, sending a fresh wave of panic through an already traumatized city. the sri lankan government has said these bombings have been carried out by a local extremist group, but probably was international help. and today everybody is asking why the government didn't move sooner on some early warnings of the attacks. sri lanka's telecommunications minister posted this tweet sayisay ing intel officers had warning of a possible attack but there was a delay in action and it was accompanied by a picture of a memo that said information of an alleged plan attack dated 8 to 10 days ago. sri lankan's prime minister says he wasn't told about the threat. six of the blasts happened nearly simultaneously on easter sunday morning including attacks on three churches and three hotels.
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it says terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in sri lanka. the government has imposed another overnight curfew here in the capital colombo. and tomorrow has been declared a day of mourning. norah? >> tense situation there, elizabeth palmer in sri lanka, thank you. we're devoting the rest of the broadcast to the earth matters coverage. as carbon dioxide levels continue to rise every year, big cities are looking for ways to go green. this month london pintroduced te ultra low emission zone to fight the city's toxic levels of pollution. mark phillips takes us for a ride in london to show us how the polluter pays. >> reporter: you don't have to go somewhere exotic to run into the effects of climate change these days, drive around central london will do it. and because of environmental concerns, that drive has gotten
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a lot more expensive for some lately. approach central london and you'll see the signs announcing a charge just for bringing your car into town. ka-ching, about 15 bucks. and if you got an older car, especially if it is a diesel, the overhead cameras will spot you and under the new ultra low emissions zone, that will be another 16.50 bucks. that's over $30 just to drive into town. why? just ask the mayor. >> if you drive, you have to pay. >> reporter: the point of the mayor's charges is to reduce pollution by reducing the number of vehicles which produce it. >> this is the iconic graph of atmospheric co2 concentrations. >> reporter: at the met office, the weather forecasting service, they track the rise of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent
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greenhouse gas. much of the data coming from the observatory in hawaii, which has been measuring co2 since 1958. scientists like richard bettis count the gas in parts per million in the air around us. >> almost 300 at the beginning. way past 400 now. 30% increase in co2 over that half century or more. >> why is that significant? >> because it is causing the world to warm. >> reporter: in just that period, average global temperatures have risen about 1 degree fahrenheit, a rise scientists connect to more severe weather, increased flooding and drought. still skeptics who either doubt the source of the extra co2 in the atmosphere, where it is coming from. >> even the skeptics, those who are disputing it is a problem, will accept that the science is showing the warming is caused by
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ingreenhouse gases. >> reporter: over the past two years we have been going to some of the earth's extreme environments where the signs of climate change tend to show up first. we found that carbon that has been frozen in the arctic permia frost is being released as it thaws. we found antarctic islands where penguin colonies used to thrive that are now almost empty because the sea ice is gone. we have seen the coral bleaching due to warming on australia's great barrier reef. they used to simply produce daily weather forecasts in places like this, now they can also look further into the future. >> so we can't predict individual weather days, more than a few days ahead, but we can make predictions of the seasonal temperature and rainfall and predicting that a warmer world, changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels. >> reporter: the trend is up? >> yeah.
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>> reporter: if london is any example the way we move around and live our lives will change too. >> and on today's "cbs this morning" podcast, mark shares what he's learned about climate change while reporting around the world for his climate diary series. listen wherever you get your podcasts. >> if you have to pay more because your car is putting out more pollution, do you think you'll get another car? >> yes. >> i would. >> i think so too. >> another example, everybody can did a little something. >> take the bus. >> oh, yeah. or take the bus. no thanks. the air in new delhi, india, can be as harmful as smoking 10 cigarettes a day.
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well, there is much more ahead in our earth matters series including australia's fight against a wave of plastic that threatens the continent and the entire pacific ocean. plus, how solar power is helping south africans manage a persistent problem, how to keep the lights on. and we'll hear from scientists studying the climate in antarctica, where the changes are most severe. you're watching earth day here on "cbs this morning."
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our special earth matters coverage takes us to one of the most dangerous places on the planet for air pollution. in india, nearly 1.8 million people die every year as a result of dirty air. the world health organization says nine out of ten people across the globe live in places where the air quality is poor. before she went to sri lanka, elizabeth palmer spent a week in india's capital new delhi to see the human toll. >> reporter: delhi is 10 with tubes in both lungs, fighting tuberculosis. >> a lot of respiratory distress. he was having difficulty breathing. >> reporter: he still is. and so is every patient in the emergency ward in delhi's national institute for tb and respiratory disease. all of them one way or another
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are victims of delhi's filthy air. every day pbetween 800 and 1,00 people with lung problems line up here to be treated. dr. kumar is a prominent chest surgeon and founder of the lung care foundation. >> we have no nonsmokers in india. everybody living in india is a smoker. >> reporter: he means, just from breathing the air. at its worst, it can be 70 times dirtier than the world health organization considers safe. in delhi, a booming city of 19 million, a thousand extra cars hit the road every day. contributing to murk that is dangerous in many ways. the real cost of this pollution is human health. >> so brain attack, brain development poor, heart attack,
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hypertension, birth defects. >> reporter: politicians had no choice. they had to at least try to go green. if you need a taxi in new delhi, you get into one of these. but with 100,000 rickshaws spewing pollution into the air, the government had to do something, so it started out by banning the gasoline powered ones. now the natural gas ones are being phased out because the future is electric. and it is being built here at shigan evoltz rickshaw factory. the managing director headed the shift to electric models three years ago. the writing is on the wall. india going electric? >> yes, it is inevitable. >> reporter: already the e-rickshaws are a hit.
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they're cheaper to run, can be recharged by the driver at home and the government is about to subsidize the cost of the battery. that's because india can't clean up unless everyone can join in. take traditional cooking fires in the slums, they send fine particles of burning wood, garbage, even deng deep into the lungs. smoke is a huge part of delhi's air problem. while cooking fires like this may nourish a family, at the same time it makes everybody's health that much worse. so the government is subsidizing an alternative. clean burning, natural gas stoves at a price almost everyone can get. >> air is needed for every breath. the only thing you can do if you want to wipe out total damage is to stop breathing which unfortunately we cannot do for more than a minute. >> reporter: there is some hope.
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peak pollution levels in new delhi seem to have leveled off. so now the urgent challenge is to actually bring them down. for "cbs this morning," i'm elizabeth palmer, in new delhi. >> i mean, that was alarming to hear from that doctor. >> a lot of work to do. look how we complain here when you see the slightest bit of smog here, stuff we take for granted in this country, shows you what other people are dealing with. >> the future is electric. cars and everything. really interesting. there could soon be more plastic in the world's oceans than fish by waste. we're going to go to australia to learn about a creative new approach that is already cleaning up the ocean. see what you learn here on "cbs this morning"? we'll be right back. on "cbs this morning"? we'll be right back. ocean. see what you learn here on "cbs this morning"? >> mm-hmm. >> we'll be right back. ♪
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♪ it's earth day. can you tell? we feel it around here. we've got our special "earth matters" coverage, now taking a look at plastic pollution in our
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oceans, it's a problem affecting every continent on the planet. research shows it's worse than previously thought, nearly 18 billion pounds of plastic ends up in our oceans every year. so by 2050, researchers estimate there could be more plastic in the oceans by weight than fish. think about that for one second, unless something changes, something big changes. scott tweedie is of our network 10 station in australia, traveled to bondi beach near sydney to show us how one company is trying to make a difference. >> reporter: this is the pollution that watched up on the shores, from rising sea levels to coral bleaching this is one of the many factors that threatens our diverse marine life in australia. there are a group of people hard at work trying to find a viable solution to our world's ocean problems. in the waters around sydney, a device called a cbin is working around the clock, slowly filtering out debris.
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>> it collects plastics, microplastics, fuel and oil off the surface of the water. >> the ports and yacht club services is a perfect place for the sea bin. >> reporter: each costs $4,500 and runs on electricity or solar power. one sea bin is capable of catching the equivalent of 90,000 shops bags or 170,000 plastic utensives over the course of the year. there are more than 700 sea bins working in the harbors and marinas around the world. the company is deploying an additional 60 sea bins in the u.s. this week on top of the six currently cleaning the waters around california. will the seabins save our oceans? >> look, they won't save the oceans, the only way to save the ocean is through behavior and cultural change, but there are positive impacts and it can make a small difference in the grand scheme of things. >> reporter: and they're not the only ones working to clean the ocean. there are other ambitious efforts, including a plan that is currently on hold to use a
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2,000 foot boom to collect a massive area of floating trash known as the great pacific garbage patch. marine biologist vanessa pirotta says marine wildlife are consuming plastics at alarming rates. >> we're seeing turtles and dolphins with plastics inside their symptoming as, likely a contributing cause as to why they died. >> pirotta says plastics have been detected in remote places like antarctica. >> due to awareness around protecting our oceans not only in australia but hopefully around the world, working toward ways to practice protect our marine environment. >> reporter: some areas are taking action against single use plastics, banning plastic straws, bags and utensils that litter our oceans and our beaches. researchers here hope that inventions like seabins and changes in attitudes toward plastics make this beach and beaches around the world cleaner. for "cbs this morning," scott
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tweedie, sweden. >> i try to figure out after they collect it, where does it go. more and more restaurants are not letting you have plastic straws, switching to paper or not at all. next we're long the good morning, everyone. it is 8:25. i'm michelle griego. a south san francisco police officer is recovering after three burglarize suspects rammed into his police car. police shot at them and it's unclear if the gunfire struck anyone. the suspects are now under arrest. a condo complex caught fire in san francisco. it happened around 3:30 this morning on sutter street near frankland. flames were quickly knocked down so no word on what started the fire. it is the end of the ski season for some resorts in the tahoe, truckee area. they include north star, sugar bowl, bore he will, and soda springs and cook land. news updates throughout the day
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good morning here at 8:27. all of your drive times this morning are out of the green. they are in the yellow. and that's good news because there's not anything in the red. take a look at this. 580, 80, 101, all of those are in the yellow. normal for a monday. i'm surprised we're not seeing anything in the red. the bay bridge is backed up to the foot of the maze. there's a stall they're working to get out of the way at treasure island. give yourself a little extra time as you're making your way into san francisco this morning. the san mateo
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bridge is backed up this morning. there's not an accident on the other side. it's heavier flow for some reason this morning. headed towards the peninsula. there's an accident in place eastbound 237 at lawrence. it's slowing things down 101 northbound which looks good once you make your way onto 101. this one westbound at stan -- the lane is blacked due to a stall. mary. >> thanks, emily a beautiful day and feeling like summer today and especially by tomorrow. and wednesday. the heat is on for sure. the warmest temps of the year so far coming over the next few days. sunny and warm temps today with highs inland in the low to mid 80s and warmer for your tuesday and wednesday with highs 90 degrees much above average temps and enjoy the sunshine. 72 san francisco. 77 in oakland. 81 in san jose. mid 80s santa rosa,
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concord and fairfield and there's the warm tuesday and wednesday and onshore winds kick up later on in the week, but definitely mild temperatures. but definitely mild temperatures.
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welcome back to "cbs this morning." welcome back to "cbs this morning." here is the first look at aerial footage of the massive greenland ice sheet, provided by nasa. it's part of a decade long effort to track the ice melt. data released in march shows melting has left a hole the size of texas. i'm from texas, that's big, and the greenland sheet, that's critical because greenland and antarctica contain 99% of the world's freshwater ice. in just a few minutes we'll show you why that could pose a worldwide danger. but first, our "earth matters" coverage turns to the
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fragile rio grande, the country's longest and iconic rivers. for nearly 2,000 miles the river winds its way from the rockies down to the gulf of mexico. more than 6 million people in three states rely on it for drinking water and irrigation. but climate change is threatening that vital flow. we sent michelle miller on a 300-mile journey along the rio grande. she joins us from las cruces, mexico. >> reporter: good morning, this part of the year water should be flowing down the rio grande, exactly where i'm standing. farmers who rely on it have to wait another month. it's the side effect of a drought that cycled on for the last 17 years, and scientists are predict a hotter and drier future ahead. that means that folks who rely on this river for their much-needed water are going to have to adapt to what could be their new normal.
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for more than 130 years, this river gauge in northern new mexico has tracked the pulse of the rio grande. >> it's the oldest continuously operating gauge in the united states. >> reporter: when we visited, the rio grande was beating along. >> on the bottom we have a trap door. >> reporter: mark gunn, a hydroologish with the usgs says july it nearly flatlined. how low did it get? >> so low we had to dig out this entire area and dig a channel into the river to get water to go to the gauge. >> reporter: it basically made your machine malfunction. >> it did. >> reporter: the colorado snowpack that melts into the rio grande is declining, 25% in the last 50 years, and climatology professor david gutslev says climate change is threatening to dry it up.
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>> i foresee droughts getting more intense and water resources being put under more pressure. >> reporter: with that in mind, cities downstream have been preparing. albuquerque's water authority spent $6 million incentivizing desert-friendly landscaping. the city even sends every fourth grade class to the river for a lesson in water conservation. >> because there could be no life without water. >> that's right. >> reporter: we followed the rio grande 150 miles south to where it pools into the elephant butte reservoir, new mexico's largest. the shrinking reservoir can be seen from space, but up close, you can see the bathtub ring left by higher water levels 25 years ago. >> we're sort of a microcosm of a lot of river systems in the world. >> reporter: so you're saying the rio grande is the ka nair y canary in the coal mine? >> sure. as things warm up for a given level of precipitation, let watt
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near your rivers and reservoirs. >> reporter: less can be released to the 90,000 acres of the farmland on the other side. >> it is april. we should have been running for a month and a half. >> reporter: a month and a half. until water is released in june, parts of the rio grande will look like this, dusty and dry, like the desert around it and the canals that deliver water to farms like dixie ranch will remain empty. so what happens upstream? directly correlates with what you see here. >> absolutely. lots of snow we'll have years of lots of water. >> reporter: greg dafier prepared his 310 acres of pecan trees for either scenario, added more groundwater wells for irrigation during drought. >> this is a volumetric soil probe. >> reporter: and brought technology to the century-old farm to ensure every drop counts. >> we've developed a computer program for our farm and when i
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irrigate the tree it can predict when it will need to be irrigated again. >> reporter: davier is not ready to panic. >> droughts come and go. >> reporter: you don't sound worried. >> the worry would be that there's a future that i can't plan for and i worry that it's coming. i believe that we can plan, that we can adapt, and that we can adjust to whatever conditions come. >> reporter: everybody is hoping that this year's larger than average snowpack will offer some reli relief, but that does not mean an end to this year's drought. in fact, one study predicts that, by the turn of the next century, if everything stays the same, this part of the rio grande's water levels will drop by 50%. >> oh, boy, we don't want to think about that. thank you, michelle. extreme weather is becoming more frequent and widespread around the country. california suffered its worst wildfire season in history last year. remember that?
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in january, the midwest saw record-breaking cold, and historic flooding in nebraska just last month caused more than $1 billion in damages. that's billion with a "b." climate and weather contributor jeff berardelli is here to show us why changes in the arctic have a big impact. >> good morning. we can trace the origins of some of the recent extreme weather here to rapid changes up north. normally the polar ice caps keep the earth temperature down by reflecting the sun's rays back into space. now the ice is melting fast. listen to this, over 900,000 square miles, nearly six times the size of california in just the past 40 years. as a result, more of the sun's rays are being absorbed, that is heating the arctic twice as fast as the global average, and that uneven warming is now impacting the weather here in the mid latitudes by throwing the jet stream out of whack. the jet stream is a river of air in the upper atmosphere,
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controlling the track of storms, and the distribution of cold and warm air, and recent evidence shows the jet stream is becoming more amplified, making the weather more extreme. that's a theory, but we're seeing it play out in real time right now. >> people really have to pay attention to this. >> so we've had two of the worst hurricane seasons recently. >> yes. >> what role do climate change play in that? >> so, you know, believe it or not, you're not going to believe this stat. we are adding four hiroshima atomic bombs worth of energy to the ocean every second, every second that's how much heat is being added to the ocean. that comes out and it manifests itself in the form of extreme weather. so a couple of things that we want to talk about, hurricane michael, hurricane maria. hurricane michael was just upgraded to a category 5 storm, winds of 160 miles per hour. we do not have an attribution study on the storm. we know water temperatures were way above normal in the
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northeast gulf. we saw a rapid intensification of 50 miles an hour within 24 hours to landfall. there are studies that now show that rapid intensification is in factncreasing and has been increasing for the past couple of decades and hurricane maria with an atmosphere that can hold a lot more moisture, it's dumping a lot more rain, they're saying it's three times more likely to have a storm with a magnitude of rainfall of hurricane maria now than we had in the 1950s. three times more likely. >> what are we supposed to do with that information? you hear it and you think what are we supposed to do? >> the bottom line is, there is no masking tape solution. we know the answer. the answer is we need to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels. a lot of times you go to the doctor f you're really sick, the doctor says sorry, there's nothing we can do for you. we know exactly what to do. we have to have the willpower to do it, get off fossil fuels. >> you'll be back with more before the show is over. >> thank you, jeff. the earth's poles are warming faster than any other face on the planet.
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we go to iceberg alley aboard a one-of-a-kind scientific drilling vessel. researchers from around the world on the joides resolution investigate antarctica and the outpost at palmer station where the scientific team is helping american researches during the antarctic winter. during the aarct >> hi, i'm maureen ramo on the joides resolution. this is a multinational scientific organization clab ri collaboration between 20 nations, the international space station of the ocean. this is a drill ship. you can picture it if you had a multilayer cake and took a clear straw and you stuck that straw into the cake, and then you pulled the straw out and you see all the layers of the cake. we're drilling the deep sea sediments dropped by icebergs over the last few million years. it's because we know so much about how climate varies naturally that we know what's
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happening now isn't natural, that it's caused by human activity. we have to look at the whole thing all together. so there are many scientists on antarctica right now and they're the other half of the puzzle studying what's happening now in real time on antarctica. >> hello. i am ken keenan and this is hannah james, and we work at palmer station, funded by the national science foundation. it's a really cool thing that our country does, just not a lot of people know about it,nd we really like being part of that small group of people who come down here and are out there on the cutting edge of science, helping the scientists get their work done. >> i think what's really important for people to understand is that the ice sheets are melting, the poles are warming faster than any other place on the planet, and the water goes into the ocean and it shows up on our doorstep in new york or california, or florida or europe or wherever you are, and people need to be think being this and wothinking
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this and worry being this. >> we are all connected even when we don't think we are. struggle to keep the lights on is turning south africa into a pioneer of renewable energy. young entrepreneurs are harnessing the sun's ♪
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our "earth matters" coverage turns to a major event in south africa. widespread blackouts can cost the country's economy up to $284 million every day, but the energy shortages are ace. with plenty of sunshine each year, they'replant, just one of the many responses to south africa's energy short an. the government is ball line to keep the lights on.
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they're regularly plunging much of the nation into darkness. increasingly renewable energy is being seen as the answer to the problem. one thing south africa has a lot of is sunshine. 2,500 hours a year on average, according to the weather bureau, and that makes it ideal for the country's solar powered evs lewis. >> for our generation, climate change is an abyss. we're not only experiencing it but we're not threatened by it in terms of change. >> reporter: for this founder of a company committed to rebuilding kpans enough. there's enough energy to power 56,000 households.
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it's cheap, it's clean, and in endless supply. >> it's an opportunity to get us on a packet that's sustainable. >> she has given them in their company and provides electricity to their local school. >> it not only powers a school but provides them with hidden educational ben fids. it's not only good for the school and cheaper, but it's reason. >> can you see nigh year ya. >> it's pretty mind-blowing
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because it looks like windows, but it's actually just a generator. it makes its own power from the sun. >> here the switch to solar has been born out of necessity. on the back of more than three years of drought, the constant power outages have had a dire effect on farming industry. this 300-year-old fruit farm only lee yearses. they say it was cheaper to build this solar farm than plant more orchards. >> we have taken so much from this earth. i think it's time we give something pack. >> giving back i will lead to solutions
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we cannot begin to ignore. >> there are some places where laws have been passed for sow lar by a certain date. when we come back, simple tips on how you can help fight climate chan
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good morning, it is 8:55. i'm michelle griego. a condo complex caught fire on sutter street near frank land. flames were knocked down, no word on what started the fire. southwest workers are demonstrating this morning at bay area airports and they're calling out southwest on using non un con tractors and the protest started a few minutes ago. today, a hearing to discuss the proposed reservations and fee to drive down san francisco's lumbar street. the assembly transportation committee will consider committee phil -- we'll have news updates throughout the day on your favorite
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good morning, here at 8:57. we have trouble spots we're keeping tracks for you. let's start with your main drive times. most of them in the red. this has updated in the last half hour. for the worse unfortunately with the exception of those coming out of the antioch area, you're looking good. everywhere else, not so great. you're in the red. things are backed
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up under the 880 overpass going through the toll plaza. san mateo bridge, not too many brake lights, just heavy flow. toward the peninsula, i don't they you'll need extra time. an accident 237 at lawrence expressway. it's slowing things down and there's several coming off the dumbarton bridge. your weather looks good, right, emily. >> a beautiful day across the bay area with plenty of warm daytime highs this time of year. it gets warmer still for tomorrow and wednesday. the heat is on for sure this week and the warmest temps of the year so far coming tomorrow and wednesday. for today, sunny and warm with highs inland in the low to mid 80s and it gets warmer for tuesday and wednesday. near 90 degrees inland. check out our highs today. 72 in san francisco. 77 in oakland. 79 in fremont and mountain view. 81 in san jose. mid 80s for santa rosa and concord and fairfield.
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there we go with the 7-day forecast. check out how warm it will be tuesday and wednesday. cooler, but still mild by the end of the week.
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