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i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: as world leaders gather for another climate summit we ask, can china kick its coal habit? getting electricity from these things is now cheaper per unit than generating it from coal. but at the un, scientists say greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere have reached new records. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme, crisis talks continue at travel company thomas cook, the british—based but partly chinese—owned firm could
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collapse within hours. and the emmys, america's television awards, get under way soon, with expectations high for the final series of game of thrones. good morning. it's 7:00am in singapore and in beijing, where they're facing increasing pressure to reduce carbon emissions. later on monday global leaders will gather at the united nations in new york for a special summit on climate change. whilst china has been investing heavily in sources of renewable energy, like wind and solar, coal still remains the largest power source. with the un pushing for a commitment to end coal power by 2030, john sudworth examines
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whether china can deliver. on average, china has built a solar farm as big as this one every day for the past three years. a rush to renewables personified by cai xiaohu. he used to work in a coal mine. translation: our solar farm can save 50,000 or 60,000 tons of coal each year. i am proud doing this job and working in this industry. but there is a long way to go. with its massive coal reserves still used for 60% of its energy, china produces more than a quarter of the world's carbon emissions. and it may bear more than its fair
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share of the consequences, too. asia's high mountain glaciers, a vital source of water for millions, are under serious threat. they are retreating very fast, about one metre per year by thickness. as much as 50 metres a year by mass. 50 metres a year? the largest, yes. that is why some glaciers in the south—east of the tibetan plateau will be disappearing very soon. the country's communist rulers do have what might be called an authoritarian advantage — huge powers to support and promote new technologies. china is now producing and installing these panels in such a volume that the economies of scale means something extraordinary and very important is happening. the industry is reaching what it calls grid parity, the point at which getting electricity from these things is now cheaper per unit than
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generating it from coal. but china's authoritarian system also protects vested interests. there are troubling signs that it has recently resumed building work on new coal power stations. to tell whether china is a real climate leader or not, this is really the moment. china on one hand is indeed now the largest investor of some of the most advanced renewable energy technologies in the world. but on the other hand, china also has this darker side. china's stance at the new york conference will be watched closely, despite big positive steps, its coal habit will be a hard one to break. ahead of the un climate talks, a new report is calling for efforts to cut carbon emissions to be speeded up. the world meterological 0rganisation says global temperatures between 2015 and 2019 make it
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the hottest 5—year period on record. their report estimates temperatures to be already 1.1 degrees celsius above those of pre—industrial times, and 0.2 degrees warmer than the previous five—year period from 2011 to 2015. 0ur north america correspondent, nick bryant, has more from the un in new york. pledges not platitudes, is what antonio guterres, the un secretary general, is calling for. and indeed the un has limited the participation in the climate summit here, at least the people who are speaking, to countries who are making the most ambitious and the most credible targets to cut emissions. there are some notable no—shows tomorrow. donald trump will
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not be here, for instance. he is taking his country out of the paris climate change accord, of course. a leader who is happy to be called the trump of the tropics, president bolsonaro of brazil, will not be here. it still is of course significant because it is the home of the amazon rainforest, the lungs of the amazon rainforest, the lungs of the amazon rainforest, the lungs of the world. one key participant is greta thunberg, the 16—year—old swedish activist. she will be speaking tomorrow and i am hearing that she is going to be delivering one of her stronger speeches yet, the united nations hoping to harness her galvanising global power. and also that she will shame international leaders interaction. and she need strong words, because the signs are not good, judging by what are you that what the un are saying? yes, the un knows that the pledges that have been made already and the new pledges that will come tomorrow just and the new pledges that will come tomorrowjust are not enough. not enough is being done globally to try
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to arrest the acceleration of the climate change. i had of this summit comes a worrying new report which un officials hope will serve as a wake—up call, showing that over the past five years it has been the warmest on record. “— past five years it has been the warmest on record. —— ahead of this summit. they are especially worried about a significant acceleration and rising sea levels, worried they will be compounded and exacerbated by the melting we are seeing in antarctica and greenland. so there is this concern at the un but even if countries do come with big pledges tomorrow, but is still not enough. that was nick bryant in new york had of those climate talks at the un, which will be taking place later on monday. another major story this hour. there are growing fears that the uk's oldest travel firm, thomas cook, is about to enter administration. emergency talks with creditors and shareholders have been continuing, hoping to raise the $250 million dollars the company needs to avoid collapse. the british government says plans to fly holidaymakers back to the uk if necessary are in place. tom burridge has the latest.
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dozens of aircraft which were on standby have now been mobilised. but basically means they are in the hour, travelling to destinations where thomas cook tourists who might, might being the important word here, need bringing home tomorrow. now, if thomas cook does go into administration than 0peration matterhorn kicks in. when monarch collapsed in 2017 it was the biggest repatriation of british nationals in peacetime. this will be much bigger, an oppression that could potentially last two weeks. 0nce could potentially last two weeks. once at the civil aviation authority in charge of that plan is very prepared for that eventuality. the government saying british tourists will be brought home. all that said, a deal is still possible, negotiations continuing through the day. israel's president has called on the two main rivals in last week's election to come together to form what he called a "stable coalition".
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president reuven rivlin held talks on sunday with representatives from prime minister benjamin netanyahu's likud party and benny gantz‘s blue and white. the arab list meanwhile, which came third, has thrown its support behind blue & white. the chairman of the us house intelligence committee says the contents of a telephone conversation between donald trump and his ukrainian counterpart could be grounds for the president's impeachment. adam schiff said if it was proven that mr trump pressured volodomyr zelensky to investigate the democratic presidential frontrunnerjoe biden, impeachment would be the only option. the rugby world cup injapan saw three games on sunday, england beating tonga 35—3 in their opening pool c match. ireland beat scotland 27—3, while italy hammered namibia 47—22. wales will face georgia in their opening pool d game of the tournament later on monday. and now some staggering footage from northern spain, where a deer found itself trapped in waterlogged ruins near the city of huescar. but a team of passing cyclists came to the rescue, and managed to attach rubber inner
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tubes to the animal's antlers. the five of them then heaved the stricken animal to dry ground, leaving three of the men crashing to the floor, before the deer fled into the woods. the deer didn't even say thank you! thousands of indian americans have attended a joint rally by president trump and the indian prime minister, narendra modi, in texas. the "howdy modi" rally was described by organisers as the largest—ever reception for a foreign leader in the united states other than the pope. both leaders were full of compliments, as they addressed
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the crowd. we are witnessing history in the making! applause. mr president, you have introduced me to your family and 2017. and today... i have the honour to introduce you to my family! cheering and applause i have also come to express my profound gratitude to the nearly 4 million amazing indian americans across our country. applause. you enrich our culture.
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you uphold our values. you uplift our communities and you are truly proud to be american and we are proud to have you as americans. cheering and applause. it had been expected there may have been an announcement of a breakthrough in us—india trade talks, at that rally, but nothing so far. with me now is author and journalist ravi agrawal. first of all, during that rally in texas, narendra modi defended his decision to revoke the special status of jammu and decision to revoke the special status ofjammu and kashmir. in your view, and the view of indian americans, is this justified and view, and the view of indian americans, is thisjustified and is it in the best interests of the residents there? his government has for quite a long time been saying that it's actions injammu and kashmir are entirely justified,
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that it's actions injammu and kashmir are entirelyjustified, but those actions were taken within indian territory, so, india—administered kashmir, and the larger point they are making is that kashmir has long been left behind and started separate status, its unique with separate laws and the ability to form its own decisions, in fact holds it back in certain economic terms. and while there may be some truth to all of those points, but the government has made over time, the fact remains kashmir is now entering its 50th day of a breakdown in communications. most kashmiris do not have access to the internet, no place on earth has as many internet shop downsize kashmir does. and of course there are widespread of security crackdowns and even some human rights abuses in kashmir. so while india mayjustify its move, it is a very problematic one, and the way in which it has been handled has rightly come in for criticism. and indeed it has been criticised, and as you mention, problematic. should president trump
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discuss these issues with narendra modi? well, the two can talk about it, but india has a long—standing policy but to the united states will not mediate on the issue of kashmir, inasmuch as kashmir is a disputed territory between india and pakistan. so simply because india has but a long—standing foreign—policy tenet, the us knows better than to try to mediate, u nless better than to try to mediate, unless it is ask for help. and india has not asked for any help on this issue. it sees it as an internal matter. an internal matter and no interference so far from the americans. what is the sentiment right now among indian americans about this closer relationship? we heard and that rally but trump and narendra modi werejust praising each other, they have this sort of bromance going on. that's right, but you know, i remember when we used to talk about a bromance between modi
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and 0bama as well. i think the larger takeaway from this is that the indo—us partnership is probably bipartisan. it transcends individual leaders and parties. the one thing thatis leaders and parties. the one thing that is very clear is that over the last 20 years, the two countries have been growing closer together, they have people to people size, trade ties, other kinds of defence and foreign affairs ties that are only going stronger. and amid all of this you have a very strong indian— american contingency here in the united states, more than 4 million people who are very successful, they tend to have a median income of about $100,000, which is nearly twice as much as the broader american average. so that is something, that is a constituency, but is very important for modi and very important for trump as well. though i should add that in the 2016 election, a majority of indian americans voted for clinton and not for trump. this may be something that trump would like to change. he would like to appeal to that audience. thank you so much for your insights, author and journalist ravi
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agrawal. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme. more tear gas and anger in hong kong, as pro—democracy demonstrators and police clash for the 16th consecutive weekend. also on the programme, it's almost emmys time, with final preparations for the start of us awards season. we'll be live in los angeles. ben johnson, the fastest man on earth is flying home to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burned down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably in case
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the americans invade. the it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world and so the british government has no option but to continue this action even after any adverse judgement in australia. concorde have crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories.
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the latest scientific data on climate change says the signs and impacts of global heating are speeding up. and sebastian vettel has won the singapore formula one grand prix — an occasion that had been threatened by ‘unhealthy‘ air quality in the city. fortunately much of the toxic haze caused by nearby forest fires cleared over the weekend — meaning fans were able to turn out to witness vettel beat ferrari teamate charles leclerc to the finish line. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the south china morning post reports the aftermath of a 16th week of protests in hong kong. it blames what it calls the hit—and run radicals who defaced the metro as they cut
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a swathe of destruction. as the iran crisis deepens, the arab news previews saudi arabia's national day on monday. below a picture of preparations for the celebrations, it says the jubilant nation is already making an early start with air shows and parades. the japan times also takes national pride in the fact it's the first asian nation to host the rugby world cup. (ani)but it's a picture of a scottish fan sandwiched between two irish fans that steals the show after favourites ireland beat scotland — with the caption — "rugger huggers".
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fans around the world have gathered to pay tribute to the dc comics character. the joker, catwoman and the riddler were there too. and yes, the bat—signal was projected onto various landmarks. police in hong kong used tear gas to disperse protestors on sunday. thousands attended a peaceful rally at a shopping centre in sha tin, but tensions escalated after a group of hardline activists vandalised a train station next to it. it's the 16th consecutive weekend of protests in the city. 0ur correspondent steve mcdonell was at the mall throughout the day. this is a ticketing system for the mtr and it has been completely trashed. people have sprayed all over it and they have even smashed holes in it and that is because the more hardline elements of the pro—democracy
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movement blame the ntr for colluding with the government and that is because they say whenever there is a protest they shut down the stations and the like and so this is one of the reasons why the train system gets targeted. these are just ads in the shopping centre being smashed up by activists. and this is what some of the protesters are prepared to do. i think that destroying hong kong's economy is a plus. here are the riot police who have come in to clear these protesters from the subway, it seems. the protesters have moved out of the shopping centre and they have lit this fire. and now the police are racing through to try and catch them. activists were throwing projectiles down at them. they have warned that they would be returning fire. those in the darker clothes,
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the so—called raptor units, they are therefore more serious right place, you can see them charging into that park there because they have got word that there are some protesters inside. they have arrested over 1,400 people now. and the hope in their minds is that they get enough of the more hardcore demonstrators and charge them, that people will be more reluctant to come to the barricades. but as you can see, it's still going on here. and then you get things like this. local residents coming out and criticising the police. and they have a lot of work to do to try to regain their reputation here.
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awards season in the us is beginning, kicking off with the emmys in a few hours time. leading the nominations this year, fantasy drama games of thrones, with killing eve and veep going head to head with nominations for best actress. but it's notjust television anymore, shows from streaming services netflix and amazon also feature heavily this year. the bbc‘s peter bowes is waiting in the wings to tell us more. given the amount of the historic record—breaking nominations that game of thrones has, is there any point for anybody else to turn up? well, i think it's certainly on course to be the big winner and decided that is, i normally say the red carpet is down, the stars are arriving but this year, it's a purple carpet and the organisers of the emmy ‘s say that is to evoke thoughts of royalty, the kings and queens in hollywood, to evoke thoughts of game of thrones. it's
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been a juggernaut on television. 32 nominations in all for this year's emmy ‘s. that is a record recover. 0ne emmy ‘s. that is a record recover. one in ten of those categories which they call the creative enemies, the more technical categories. itjust needs to win in three categories. the most applauded and lauded show any particular season. i think the bbc‘s strata —— spy drama killing eve is up there. it's star, sandra 0h, eve is up there. it's star, sandra oh, the first actress of asian descent to be nominated in this particular category, best actress for a prime—time drama. particular category, best actress fora prime—time drama. she particular category, best actress for a prime—time drama. she has never won an emmy. she is hot attempted to do well. hop over to the comedy category, veep, the show
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that has been on for years is finally of air. julia louis—dreyfus, the staff of this fictitious vice president, she has won many emmy awards in the past and again is tipped to do well tonight but anew, i think could maybe cause a few surprises at the end of the day. it could upend everything. fleabag, the bbc dark comedy which has made waves in the uk thanks to broader audiences around the world, it's really developing quite a cult following. they are also good and different. the awards ceremony. no host, like the oscars. what is the thought process? it's interesting, and somewhat disappointed. the organisers say they want to use that
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time to pay tribute to the stars of the winning shows. the award ceremony under way in just under one hour. it was a weekend of two halves. plenty of sunshine for most places on saturday. followed by more showers on sunday. it was warm, temperate as above 27 celsius. this was the scene as the sun went down on sunday night in cornwall, some clear skies but shallow cloud around and really, through the week ahead, we are looking at a pretty unsettled autumnal, wet and windy at times and it will feel quite a bit cooler than it will feel quite a bit cooler than it has done. monday is of course the autumn equinox and right on cue, we are welcoming this area of low pressure from the atlantic. particularly across parts of south—east england when we have had less tha n
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south—east england when we have had less than 20% of the expected rainfall. most places starting dry. these areas are working to the south—west of wales and england and northern ireland, central and eastern parts of england, you should stay dry though. typically, the high teens when you are under the cloud and the rain in the west. moving through into monday night, we see that rain becoming quite heavy, especially across parts of south wales, southern england, the wins also picking up with that heavy rainfall. it will be a mild night, certainly frost free as it will be for much of the week, not expecting to see any frost this week but what we are going to see is some strong winds and heavy rain on tuesday morning, courtesy of a bit of a wave developing on this when the frontier moving on from the atlantic. all that rain and also the strong winds to co nte nt that rain and also the strong winds to content with and we may well have a bit of disruption to travel
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tuesday morning especially if parts of southern england, into south wales as well. a lot of standing water on the roads. this area of heavy rain works its way gradually eastwards a cross heavy rain works its way gradually eastwards across england and wales, followed by more heavy showers and thunderstorms packing in from the south—west. northern ireland and the north—west of scotland should stay predominant drive through the day. temperatures only around 15— 19 degrees. much cooler than it has beenin degrees. much cooler than it has been in plenty of quite heavy showers. let's take a look at the wind gusts. a0 or even a5 miles per hour on the south coast. all that wet and windy weather, some rain in the south—east wednesday morning. u nless the south—east wednesday morning. unless windy day by the time we get to wednesday, with a mix of sunny spells and a few scattered showers but not a particularly with dion tuesday. temperatures around 16— 20 degrees and it stays unsettled for the rest of the week.
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i'm kasia madera with bbc world news. our top story: un scientists have issued a new report warning that global warming is speeding up. the report was issued a day before the latest un climate summit in new york, where world leaders will discuss ways to control global warming. the future of the british—based, but partly—chinese—owned, tour operator thomas cook is hanging in the balance, pending the outcome of last—minute negotiations to save it from collapse. the fim needs £200 million in extra funds. and the us awards season is kicking off in los angeles injust a couple of hours. final preparations are underway for the emmy awards ceremony at the microsoft theater. the final season of game of thrones leads the pack with 32 nominations. that's all. stay with bbc world news.
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