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ANNOUNCER: Live from CNN Dubai, this is CONNECT THE WORLD with Becky Anderson.

BECKY ANDERSON, HOST, CONNECT THE WORLD: Well winter is coming certainly in the Northern Hemisphere and Europe is faced with another COVID crisis as

infections surge. The bright spot there are plenty of vaccines out there in Europe. I'm Becky Anderson, hello and welcome to CONNECT THE WORLD.

But winter has not even hit the Northern Hemisphere yet and already Europe is seeing that surge in cases. The WHO warning it's the only region on

Earth that saw a rise in new cases in the week ending October the 19th. Elsewhere cases either stabilized or declined. There are pockets of

resurgence however elsewhere. Singapore's reopening has been delayed. On Wednesday the country reported 18 deaths, that's the highest number since

the start of the pandemic.

And parts of China re once again rolling out mass testing as the National Health Commission reported 21 new cases in a single day on Wednesday. The

U.K. is another place where cases are surging. The government isn't budging on its strategy though. It had laid out a Plan B back in September,

contingency measures to make sure hospitals aren't overwhelmed with new cases. But it isn't going forward with that nor is it going forward with

implementing mask mandates and social distancing.

And the British Medical Association says the government is being willfully negligent by not taking more actions. CNN's, Frederik Pleitgen is tracking

the situation from London. And he joins us now. Sajid Javid is the U.K. Health Secretary. So far refusing to even contemplate Plan B. There are

though a lot of warnings from the medical profession.

Is it clear what's holding the government back at this point?

FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well it certainly is and you're absolutely right, Becky, there certainly are a lot

warnings coming from both the British Medical Association, coming from some of the heads of the NHS as well who are saying the time to act is right

now. And one of the interesting things that we've seen from U.K. Health Secretary is that he does seem to acknowledge that the situation is really


He had a press conference late yesterday where he said, yes, so far the U.K. in the past seven days has been over 40,000 cases per day, each of

those days. Up to 49,000 on Monday even. And he says that number could go up to 100,000. Nevertheless, and this goes to the question of what's

possibly holding him back. He says he still believes that the U.K. is ahead of the virus.

In the end he said this is a race between the vaccines and the virus and he says right now he thinks that the authorities are still ahead. And this

comes at a time when the Health Secretary himself acknowledged that there's around 1,000 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 every single day.

Nevertheless, the Health Minister, this morning came out and he said he still believes that there are enough free vacant beds available for the

time being.

So certainly a dire situation however one where the government, at this point in time, still believes though that it has things under control. But,

of course, from reporting on this subject for such a long time, Becky, we know that that can change very quickly.

ANDERSON: Yes, Europe being indentified as - by the WHO as being challenged, let's put it that way, Russia also not coping well at this

point. Bad news for Moscow as it prepares for another lockdown and some nationwide implementations going on new as well.

What's prompted all of this? Just explain what's going on.

PLEITGEN: Yes, Russia, look some very high new infection numbers in Russia, you're absolutely right. And that's something that really has been going on

for an extended period of time. And it was really, I would say, last week that the Russian authorities started acknowledging that they really do have

a problem and also started acknowledging that the low uptake in vaccine, the low amount of people who have actually gotten vaccines in Russia.

That really is one of the main factors that most probably is to blame for why they have so many cases right now and so many hospitalizations right

now. And what we're learning, especially from the hospitals in the Moscow region, is that the situation there is quite dire. And then also, of

course, a large number, an increasing number of deaths due to COVID-19 as well.

And certainly the confidence in the vaccines in Russia, specifically the Sputnik V vaccine still is fairly low among many people. But, you know,

from having been in Moscow at various times during that pandemic and then, of course, having lived there for an extended period as well. I'd say one

of the main problems is also that a lot of people do under estimate how severe COVID-19 is. How severe it can get. And then also how easily

transmissible it is as well.

And so certainly those are all factors. But also the government does acknowledge that the fact that not many people have actually gotten both

doses of the vaccine.


That's a very big problem in that country.

ANDERSON: Fred Pleitgen, on those stories for you. While I've got you, actually, I do want to stay with Russia. In the last few days, Fred,

Vladimir Putin has severed ties with NATO. He said he won't appear at G20 or indeed at the COP26 in Glasgow. And he won't release new gas supplies to

ease Europe's crunch.

There will be people watching this show tonight who are wondering what is going on and what is the Russian President's position and strategy here.

PLEITGEN: Well I think on the one hand for a very long time with Vladimir Putin, with the Russian government there has sort of been a disillusionment

with the West and certainly a new orientation, if you will, that's been going on for a couple of years actually more towards China rather than

towards the West. And that's something that has happened not just since the sanctions but even a little bit before that.

But especially since the West has obviously hit Russia with all of those sanctions which of course were, in many cases, retaliatory in nature

especially from the United States. That (ph) you've seen ties closer to the East, to China, to other countries in the Far East as well rather than

towards the West. And I think also what you have in Russia is something that we've seen, generally among some nations, is that they believe that

venues, for instance, like the G20 aren't necessarily as important as they may have been a couple of years ago.

COP26 however, of course, is one that would have been very, very important. Of course Russia is one of the real battlegrounds of the battle against

climate change. Has huge issues with large wild fires, large flooding, in general, CO2 emissions as well. So that's certainly our major problem.

One of the things about Vladimir Putin, though, since the outbreak of the pandemic he has become somewhat reclusive I would say. There's not many

venues that he travels to. And if you look visits by Heads of State it's usually them visiting him rather than him visiting them, Becky.

ANDERSON: Thank you, Fred. India, stay with COVID for the moment - for the time being, India has crossed a positive milestone. It's COVID vaccine

drive has now surpassed one billion doses. Still the Health Ministry there says only 30 percent of adults are fully vaccinated. Millions still haven't

received a single dose. The country trying to head off a third wave of infections.

Vedika Sud joining us now live from New Delhi. This is an achievement to surpass more than a billion doses of COVID vaccines. There is though an

awful lot more work to do. And the government admits that. What is it doing to try and get everybody fully vaccinated?

VEDIKA SUD, CNN REPORTER: Good to be with you, Becky, this hour. Well India's come a long way and it has a long way to go. Like you rightly

pointed out, 30 percent of India's eligible population is completely vaccinated. While about 34 (ph) percent has been partially vaccinated. And

the Health Ministry's aware about this. They have been holding reviews over the vaccination drive. And they've now told states to make sure that they

ramp up the vaccination drive in their states.

However 41 percent of India's population is under the age of 18, Becky, and that's the vulnerable lot because they haven't been vaccinated yet. There

are vaccines that are being rolled out in the near future for children two years and above. But that will take some more time.

But at this point there's a learning (ph) gap even in the urban versus rural percentage of vaccines that have been administered. When it comes to

rural India it's about 64 percent and urban India it's about 34 percent that have got one vaccine. And that's where the other discrepancy (ph)

lies. So the road ahead is very long given that the India authorities have said they want to inoculate the entire adult population by year-end. That's

a huge goal, Becky. And only time will tell if they can achieve that.


ANDERSON: Yes. Thank you, Vedika. Well supporters of Sudan's rival political factions are in the streets of Khartoum pro civilian groups are

out in droves in support of the transition to civilian rule. They're responding to pro-military sit ins held at the Presidential Palace for the

last several days.

The country's interim coalition government has struggled to share power with Omar - after Omar al-Bashir was ousted in 2019. Well here to help us

understand the situation is CNN's David McKenzie. Tonight joining us live from Johannesburg. Just explain, as you understand it, what is going on.

DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Becky, you see these thousands of protestors heading onto the streets with flags and messages saying the

military must stay out or at least be diminished in its rule.


And it shows the people power that still exist in this country more than two years after Omar al-Bashir was pushed out. These protests today, this

march streaming from different parts of the Capital into Freedom Square in the center of Khartoum shows the support for civilian rule. And it is in

response to a few days ago, largely people bussed from outside of Khartoum and some inside the Capital, were - staged a sit-in and a protest in favor

of military rule.

In fact calling for a transfer of power to the military, Coup detat by those in-charge of the military. It shows the fractures and the factions

within that transitionary group that is a combination of both military and civilian leadership. That has held together up to this point. But certainly

was strained by the attempted coup in late September.

Now our team on the ground says that in the past few moments there has been some tear gas shot at or thrown at protestors near the Parliament. But in

general this has been a peaceful protest as showing civilian power.

ANDERSON: Thank you, David. British authorities have charged a man with the murder of British MP, David Amess. Ali Harbi Ali is also accused of the

preparation of terrorist acts. The prosecution says Amess' murder had a terrorist connection and was religiously and ideologically motivated. Amess

was stabbed while meeting with his constituents last Friday in Leon Sea not far from London. His death has sent shockwaves across the U.K.

Well there's been a major break in the search for Brian Laundrie. He is the man who was believed to be with 22-year old Gabby Petito when she went

missing in the Western United States over a month ago. Petito has since been found dead.

Now what appears to be human remains have been discovered in a nature reserve in Florida. Let's get to this press conference which is starting

now there.


CARMINE MARCENO, SHERIFF, LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA: Our thoughts and prayers are with Gabby and the families here. This is tragic. But I will tell you this

tragedy brings us all together. I couldn't be more proud of Chief Todd Garrison, Sarasota Sheriff Kurt Hoffman, the FBI and all law enforcement

agencies that are here today.

This is my first time being here. We have deployed -- Chief Garrison and I have been in constant contact since the beginning of the incident. We

deployed assets immediately, resources, deputies, our feral (ph) system, which can analyze a crime scene and save hours and hours of man hours, our

drones, the Dragonfish. Dragonfish has the capability of flying 67 miles an hour and 18.6 miles away from the operator with a FLIR and all the

capabilities of a helicopter.

Today, when I walked back there I got to see first-hand the treacherous conditions that they working under. We're talking about water levels up

above almost the chest area. Rattlesnakes, moccasins, alligators and these heroes go out there. While we can't change the outcome we can bring

justice. And today I'm very, very proud to say that Chief Garrison and our team of law enforcement, which is region. It doesn't matter what color

patch or uniform you wear, we work as one team and one family.

And the law enforcement community came together and I'm very proud to be a part of that. Chief Garrison, would you like to say a few words?

TODD GARRISON, CHIEF, NORTH PORT POLICE, FLORIDA: Thank you, Sheriff, it means a lot. As we said yesterday, that not one agency can handle all of

this and it's important that we rely on our partners. And Sheriff Carmine Marceno and Sheriff Kurt Hoffman have been huge, huge players in helping

this investigation throughout, also with the FBI. So I just want to say, thank you.

MARCENO: Thank you. You know it's challenging times. I know everybody wants to know exactly what's going on every second possible. All of America's

watching, OK. But we'll never, never jeopardize an investigation to give that information out until the time is right. But, again, I want reiterate

this is a difficult business we're in in law enforcement, things change by the second, by the minute.

These are very, very difficult conditions. I mean you're searching in areas that you can't walk up and look. It's not like you're searching a house or

a car. These areas they are huge and they're covered by water. So I couldn't be more proud of the team.


Once again, I mean Sheriff Hoffman from Sarasota, we're all one family. The Sheriff's done a great job. Chief Garrison and our FBI second to none. They

came - they came together from all over, we're talking about, you know, different states of communication here. And the end result is one team, one

family working to bring closure.

Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and this tragedy. Thank you.

UNKNOWN MALE: Sheriff, can you tell us (inaudible) --


UNKNOWN FEMALE: (Inaudible) Laundrie family found his items in his (inaudible)


UNKNOWN FEMALE: Do you think that the Laundrie's would have cooperated sooner that you would have found him sooner?

UNKNOWN MALE: Was this a press conference to just say, thank you?


ANDERSON: Well that was the State of Florida police there for you. We're taking a very short break. Back after this.


ANDERSON: Tampering with a dangerous time bomb, that's North Korea's harsh warning to the U.S. and to the U.N. It comes after the U.N. Security

Council held an emergency meeting on North Korea's latest ballistic missile test. Ireland, Estonia and France calling for strict enforcement of

sanctions against the regime. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. says the test was a reckless provocation but hasn't closed the door diplomacy.

So just how concerning is this latest show of force? Well experts say these new capabilities may be a big step forward but are - not yet an immediate

threat without some upgrade to Pyongyang's aging fleet of submarines.

Here's CNN's Will Ripley.

WILL RIPLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Somewhere in North Korea a missile rises from the water. The images deliberately menacing and deliberately vague.

State media shows a submarine, part of an aging fleet, the same vessel used in 2016 to test North Korea's first submarine launched ballistic missile.

ADAM MOUNT, SENIOR FELLOW, FEDERATION OF AMERICAN STUDIES: Their submarine technology lags far behind U.S. capabilities but also South Korean

capabilities. So in order for this system to be a real operational threat, they have to demonstrate the ability to keep those submarines safe.

RIPLEY: Keep them safe from more advanced militaries with state of the art submarines. More than a match for the North's noisy diesel electric fleet.

MOUNT: These platforms have to survive until they're able to launch. And where the U.S. and South Korea have extremely capability anti-submarine

warfare capabilities with our own submarines, with aircraft.

RIPLEY: The test triggering an emergency meeting of the United Nation's Security Council. There's not much the council can do, experts say. North

Korea is already smothered in sanctions over its nuclear program.


administration (ph) in any potential negotiations on denuclearization.


RIPLEY: The Biden team continues to offer talks without preconditions. North Korea continues to reject these so-called lies of its arch enemy.

Former President Trump's diplomatic efforts failed just like all the previous Presidents who tried. Biden faces perhaps the most dangerous North

Korea ever. North Korea fired this missile in 2019 from an underwater platform. If the North now has a ballistic missile capable sub and that's a

big if, experts say, it could bypass missile defense systems in South Korea and Japan making the North Korean military a bigger threat.

A goal of Kim Jong-un who gave this speech in January.


KIM JONG-UN, SUPREME LEADER OF NORTH KOREA: (Translated) we must further strengthen the nuclear war deterrent while doing our best to build up the

most powerful military strength.


RIPLEY: Last month North Korea claimed to test a hypersonic missile that could theoretically fly form Pyongyang (ph) to Washington in less then two

hours. Likely still in the early stages experts warn it could eventually make modern missile defenses obsolete.

YOUNG-SHIK: Now the targets are not mainly the United States but South Korea and Japan. And U.S. forces are stationing in those nation allies as

main targets for North Korea's short range nuclear missile threats.

RIPLEY: And now perhaps a new weapon in Kim's growing arsenal. Will Ripley, CNN Taipei.

ANDERSON: Well it's been a week and a day now since deadly protests broke out in Lebanon. Seven people killed in the country's worst violence in a

decade. It began after supporters of Hezbollah (inaudible) group stormed the streets of Beirut demanding the removal of the judge investigating last

year's terrible port explosion.

Five days later Parliament voted to push forward legislative elections from May to March putting even more pressure on Lebanon's government to get

international money injected into Lebanon's wrecked economy and Lebanon's people paying the price in the form of rampant shortages of food, medicine,

even baby formula. Made worse by what the Prime Minister calls a hoarding of essential goods by warehouse owners and others.

Ben Wedeman connecting (ph) from his home base in Beirut.

BEN WEDEMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Beirut a week ago. The protest against the judge leading the investigation into last year's port blast came under fire

from the (inaudible). Seven people were killed in the street (inaudible) that lasted for hours.

The judge leading the port investigation, Talic (ph) Bitar, has touched raw nerves.


WEDEMAN: The judge is doing politics declared his Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah. He's employing the blood of the martyrs and the injured. The

tragedy and misfortune for political goals.


WEDEMAN: On August 4th last year, hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in Beirut's port killing more than 200 people, devastating large

parts of the city. The investigation is focusing on ministers and other senior officials who knew the chemicals lay in the port for years. Says

Human Rights Watch Researcher, Aya Majzoub.

AYA MAYZOUB, RESEARCHER, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: All of the individuals that Judge Bitar has called in for interrogation have signed documents

indicating that they were aware of the existence of the ammonium nitrates in the port and they were in position of responsibility and they could have

taken action to protect the public but they didn't.

WEDEMAN: With few exception the political elite has closed ranks calling of Bitar's dismissal. We contacted all of those charged, all declined to speak

with CNN. Tracy and Paul Naggiar's 3-year old daughter, Alexandra (ph), was killed in the blast. They want the judge to stay.

TRACY NAGGIAR, MOTHER OF PORT BLAST VICTIM: He's doing his job. He's being stopped from the beginning, his job is really hard because you have the

politicians, the government and probably other countries trying to stop him. And he's fighting to the end (ph).

WEDEMAN: Lebanon has a long history of high profile killings never solved. The war crimes from its 15-year civil war brushed under the carpet in a

general amnesty. Outside the Justice Ministry dozens of people gather in support of Judge Bitar.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: Speaking foreign language.

WEDEMAN: We've reached the point, says protestor, (inaudible), where we want the truth to prevent even more crimes so we can live in peace in this

country. What's at stake is Lebanon's future.

MAJZOUB: The implications of this investigation that Judge Bitar is leading go far beyond justice for the Beirut blast itself. But extends to, you

know, what kind of country does Lebanon want to be?


Do we want to be a country ruled by the rule of law and accountability or do we want to be a country where politicians can literally get away with

murder and with blowing up half of the Capital City.

WEDEMAN: And so far whoever is responsible has gotten away.

ANDERSON: Ben joins us now. What happens next, Ben.

WEDEMAN: Well happens next is that the government has to decide what it's going to do with this judge. And at the moment, guess what, the Lebanese

government is paralyzed, Najib Mikati, the new Prime Minister formed his government on the 10th of September. But he has suspended any Cabinet

meetings until the disagreements over Judge Bitar have been resolved. Now resolved means what?

Does this mean dismissing him? He's the second judge who had - who would be dismissed from the case. And it just seems that justice in the case of the

Beirut port blast as in the case of so many other murders, assassinations and mass killings over the year - over the years in Lebanon will remain



ANDERSON: And Wedeman is in Beirut and you can get a lot more on Lebanon on the website including a in-depth investigation by one of my colleagues into

those crippling shortages of food, medicine, and milk made worse because of hoarding. A watchdog group telling CNN Lebanon's central bank financed the

traders stock piling those goods away to wait for prices to rise so they could sell those at a profit. That's at

Coming up on CONNECT THE WORLD I'm going to speak to an Italian football club owner about how sustainability efforts are driving change on and off

the pitch. Plus I bet you can't guess what this is? If we told you it fights climate change, you probably still won't guess. I'm going to tell

you what it is after this.


ANDERSON: Welcome back. I'm Becky Anderson in Dubai for you this evening. You're watching CONNECT THE WORLD. Here on this show we have been looking

at solutions to the climate crisis as we approach the big meeting in Glasgow, COP26, beginning of November.


And football is a great uniter bringing together millions of fans across the world. And those teams could have an important role to play in

achieving climate goals. How?

Well one football club in Italy is putting sustainability at the heart of what they stand for. Udinese might not be at the top of the Italian league,

but they are making a name for themselves in their approach to becoming more green.

Last year the club unveiled a jersey created from recycled plastic. The team stadium is also powered by electricity from renewable sources and

they've joined the U.N.'s Sports for Climate Action Initiative.

Udinese is owned by Italian businessman Giampaolo Pozzo, his daughter Magda is the teams' marketing strategic coordinator and I'm delighted today that

she is with me here.

And while you're here? Well it's been an expo that has put climate and sustainability at its very core. Just explain how the club got involved in

this fight against the climate crisis Magda.

MAGDA POZZO, UDINESE MARKETING STRATEGIC COORDINATOR: Well, thank you. Thank you. Well, it gets more very exciting because I think first of all

the club has always been very sustainable in all the issues, even financially, which is where it comes from --

ANDERSON: A good thing in football.

POZZO: -- first of all.


POZZO: So, you know, I think it came naturally at the end because after being sustainable with, you know, the scouting and the in general. So after

that we -- we -- we felt that the next step was to be sustainable into, you know, in all the green issues.

So we decided to launch this project, which is the first green stadium in Italy. And I think we are very -- I'm very proud personally because we were

able to involve many planners which is the first step, because you can't do a great project if you don't have all the partners --


POZZO: -- or the -- you know -- it's starts from that.

ANDERSON: And it starts with the club, but one assumes that you want the fans to get onboard and you believe that the club can help push a message.

There will be those who say --

POZZO: It's (ph) --

ANDERSON: -- is this more than just a gimmick? I mean, I would argue that you've gone far enough with the kit (ph) and the stadium to suggest that

you are really serious about this. How -- how's it going down with the fans?

POZZO: Yes, because -- OK, we started, as we said, from the partners because we had the first -- the first jersey it was made by recycled

materials. So right now there are 12 I think -- 13 bottles of recycled that make up our jersey.

ANDERSON: Is it comfortable to wear?

POZZO: Very comfortable. That's what the players say.

ANDERSON: That's good to hear. Accordingly. They players, right?

POZZO: Hopefully.


POZZO: According to the team.


POZZO: But anyway, and I think we were the first one for the -- for the technical sponsor to do that. And then they -- you know -- they gave this -

- the same -- they use the same let's say method in all the -- all the teams and they sponsor. So I think there was -- the first message to this -



POZZO: -- to the --


POZZO: -- to the supporters --

ANDERSON: To fans.

POZZO: -- and to the fans you know.

ANDERSON: And how important a role do you think sport can play in the wider fight against climate?

POZZO: It is very important. I think we have a social responsibility. When you're on a football team it's not just, you know, talking about football,

about --

ANDERSON: Not just the trophies, right?

POZZO: -- exactly. Just position. It's -- you have a social responsibility and I think this is one of the -- of the issues. So I think we have --

football is our main and then our objective is to create this awareness. And I'm very fond of this issues.

ANDERSON: Yes, and you clearly are. And people will applaud this effort. You were also one of the clubs back I think two years ago who signed an

open letter to -- as it was flagged, all those who love Italian football, one of the 20 clubs united against racism.

And the idea was this together against racism and there will perhaps be people watching this show tonight and say, great, look, you know good to

see you involved in the fight against climate and sustainability is important and we see where you're going. But there are other issues that

this club takes on, correct? And -- you know -- the fight against racism is one of those.

POZZO: Yes. As we were saying before, I think it's -- you know -- our team is specifically and specifically a multi-racial team. So we start from

there because we have many, many players coming from all around the world and we feel -- we make them feel very comfortable in our town, in our -- in

our team and we -- and I think it's -- it was a must from the beginning, because we always believe in young players and scouting. And, of course,

scouting is all over the places.


ANDERSON: So what's your message to fans of football out there? And perhaps are the club owners, those involved in the running of other clubs -

- I mean, you're -- you know -- you're a family who've got involved, not just Udinese let me tell you folks, but the fantastic north London club of

Watford as well.

It may not be the biggest club in the premier league, but boy does it have a really good fan base. And let's remember, before you guys of course,

owned by Elton John of course.

What's your message?

POZZO: The message is that we really have to regulate football in the right way. And this is -- you know -- we talk about sustainability, so

sustainability is one of the subject, price is another issue and I think we all, as owners of teams, we have to put -- to give a great examples about


ANDERSON: Good for you.

POZZO: And --



ANDERSON: -- I'm glad to have you on the show.

POZZO: Thank you.

ANDERSON: I am glad that you are setting an example. And let's talk again. And good luck with the clubs.

POZZO: Thank you very much. Thank you for having me.

ANDERSON: You know I'm a big football fan myself. No, absolutely.

POZZO: Thank you.

ANDERSON: Lovely to have you. Italians did so well this year in so many sports including at the -- at the European Championships and we applaud

you for that right.

Going green isn't simply cutting waste and emissions or even wearing jerseys made of recycled plastic bottles. Removing excessive carbon dioxide

from the air, of course, is absolutely critical.

Now, the world's largest facility to capture carbon is up and running doing in one day what 500 trees can do in a year. Have a look at this.


BRUNHUBER (voice over): In Iceland's rural hillside enormous futuristic- looking fans are using an unusual method to fight climate change.

JAN WURZBACHER, CEO & CO-FOUNDER CLIMEWORKS: We have just turned into operations our Orca plant, which is the largest direct air capture plant

currently operational in the world with a capacity of 5,000 tons of CO2 that are captured from the air every year.

BRUNHUBER (voice over): A Swiss start-up partnering with a Icelandic carbon storage firm developed the plant named Orca, a reference to the

Icelandic word for energy. Powered by renewable energy from a nearby geothermal plant, Orca's eight large containers use high-tech filters and

fans to capture or suck planet-heating carbon dioxide from the air. From there --

WURZBACHER: And we are then handing over this CO2 to our partners from Carbfix who inject underground and the CO2 there is mineralized with

basaltic rock and is turned into stone literally and that is happening within a period of two years. So that's that really most safe and most

permanent method of removing CO2 from the atmosphere that is currently available on the market.

BRUNNHUBER (voice over): The technology is innovative but expensive and needs a lot more development before it could impact global warming. Fifteen

climate capturing plants worldwide removed less than 10,000 tons of CO2 in 2020 according to the International Energy Agency.

That pales in comparison to the billions of tons of carbon emissions the world releases each year. But Orca's developers say they're planning to

scale up and leading air capture firms say they're seeing more investment and government interest in their technology. A hopeful start, they say, in

the growing fight against the world's climate crisis.

Kim Brunhuber, CNN.


ANDERSON: One quick programming note for you, we're going to have extensive coverage, as you would expect of the COP26 Climate Change

Conference in Glasgow, Scotland November 1 through the 12. Tune in to Connect The World each day for that and for all the latest climate news and

COP26 developments at is your destination.

Up next, talking back to crusading knights, what an ancient discovery in the historic region might tell the 21st century. I'll explain what I mean

by that after this.




ANDERSON: The fossilized remains of the largest Triceratops ever discovered has just been sold at a Paris auction. Nicknamed Big John, it

sold for nearly $8 million. Much higher than the expected price of $2 million.

The skeleton is about 60 percent complete. The skull alone is more than 2.5 meters long, nearly a third of the dinosaurs of the total body length.

IACOPO BRIANO, PALEONTOLOGIST (through translator): We have compared the dimensions of Big John's skull to 41 other Triceratops specimens and we

found out that this is the biggest one ever found in the history of paleontology.

ANDERSON: Well Big John once roamed what's now the U.S. state South Dakota some 66 million years ago. Paleontologists dug up the first piece of bone

in 2014 from the remains of a formidable creature to another kind of treasure found in this region. You are looking at what antiquities experts

say is a crusader sword. Could it have been, though, carried by a member of the Knights Templar?

Well experts say the sword is about 900 years old. That puts it in the same timeframe at least as the founding of the Templars or wondering aside we

know for a fact it was discovered recently by an amateur diver who was making a like Indiana Jones in the Sea of Northern Israel, not far from

Atlit Castle, also known as Crusader Castle.

Well before we go tonight, a programming note, President Biden will join my colleague Anderson Cooper for a CNN town hall where he will take questions

about his economic agenda. You can catch that here at 8:00 pm New York time, 4:00 in the morning in Dubai if that is where you are watching this

show, 8:00 am Friday if you are viewing in Hong Kong. Only on CNN.

Thank you for watching. World Sport with Alex Thomas is up next this evening.