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tv   Our World  BBC News  November 7, 2021 9:30pm-10:01pm GMT

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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the family of an unvaccinated mother who died from covid—19 before she could meet her newborn daughter urge all mums—to—be to get the vaccine.
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saiqa parveen was eight months pregnant when she caught the virus. the mother—of—five died five weeks later. for the sake of god and your loved ones, please get vaccinated. if she had the vaccine, she might live and she might have had a chance of surviving. labour accuses borisjohnson of "corrupt and contemptible behaviour" after he tried to change the rules governing mps�* conduct just as one conservative mp had been found to have breached them. the prime minister is trashing the reputation of our democracy and our country, and so this is far from a one—off. police in texas have opened a criminal investigation into a crush at a music festival in houston in which eight people died. officers are also investigating unconfirmed reports of audience members being injected with drugs. the uk government calls for more "ambitious commitments and bold compromises" as the un
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climate negotiations in glasgow enter their final week. money is at the top of the arrow. —— more news at the top of the hour. now on bbc news it's time for our world. bethany bell looks at the consequences of the recent wildfires in greece. this summer, greece was on fire. thousands of wildfires were fanned by its worst heatwave in decades. hardest hit was the country's second largest island, evia. the government has
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blamed climate change. i'm a firefighter for 23 years and as i can remember, there is no similar situation. here, the fires were catastrophic. around a third of the island was burnt. thousands of people had to flee their homes. and a way of life was destroyed.
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evia, off the coast of mainland greece. dense pine forests, beautiful beaches, and the sea. but this summer, a wildfire tore through the north of the island. it was the largest fire in greece since records began. over 50,000 hectares of woodland were burnt. it took almost two weeks to bring the blaze under control. i was sent to report on the fires this summer. two months on, i've come back to see the aftermath.
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this is lieutenant colonel stratos anastasopoulos who's responsible for co—ordinating firefighting aircraft across greece. chopper whirrs he'd offered to take me up to see the extent of the destruction.
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i'm a firefighter for 23 years and as i can remember, there is no similar situation. it was a war above the fires because we had a lot
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of fires all over in greece. almost 100 fires per day for five or six days period. so it was very, very difficult for us. what was different about the fires this year? i think that the conditions, the weather conditions was very different from the other years. i think all of us, we can see the climb of changes. so we must think about all our lives and the life of natural environment. that is not only greece problem or americans problem or italians problem, no, it's a global problem. the forest i saw with stratos was evia's economy. -- critical —— critical to the economy.
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on this island, many rely on the woodlands for their income. nikos dimitrakis is a farmer and beekeeper. he's one of hundreds of people here to have lost his livelihood. he feels the authorities should have sent more firefighters to put out the fires.
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are you ready? yes. buzzing honey. how does it look? is it healthy looking? it's all right. it survived. it's incredible.
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the government is blaming climate change for these fires. hundreds of foreign firefighters were sent to greece to help. the government said it did all that was humanly possible to combat the blazes. but it said the fires were too intense for their defences. honey from pine trees accounts for 70% of greece's total honey production. and until the fires, two—thirds of greek pine honey was produced here
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in evia's huge forests. goat bells ring the fires have affected the honey trade across the country. alexandra kakarouna lives 500km away, in western greece. she started beekeeping as a child with her father. now she and her family run a honey business. like many greek honey producers, she used to take her beehives to evia for the pine tree pollen, but that's no longer possible. where does this honey come from?
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where did it use to come from? how many other honey producers are being affected? are you worried about the future of honey production here in greece?
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the forests that nikos and alexandra rely on for their bees will eventually regenerate if they can be protected from future fires. but the trees will take up to 30 years to grow back. chainsaw whirrs
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there is a real danger of erosion and flooding when the rains come. chainsaw whirrs the race is on to create protective terraces of logs to stop landslides this winter. the forestry department has hired teams of locals to cut down burnt wood all over northern evia to make space for new trees to grow.
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chainsaw whirrs it wasn'tjust the island of evia. this summer, athens was burning too. we came here in august, we stood here and we watched, first of all there was smoke coming over that mountain, and then we saw the flames coming over the mountain and the hillside burning. to see all the, where the fire actually... elias tziritis works for the world wildlife fund and is also a volunteer firefighter who worked right here in this suburb this summer.
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he is concerned that megafires will happen again and again, unless there is more focus on prevention. here we are in the... ok, we are here. in the beginning, we think that it was one more fire to fight. this is the fire that get out of control, very easily, and with no wind. and what happened right here, how did the flames get so close to the houses? as you can see, the forest is mixed with housing. the majority of the fires start from cities to the forest. so these are red areas. what did you think when you heard the government blame climate change for this fire? the politicians here in greece say the problem of forest
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fires is climate change, but you know, climate change is one of the criteria to have more intensive forest fires, it is not the ultimate criteria. and the forest fires don't start from climate change. we have 10,000 incidents in the country, 40% of them are negligence. elias says forest management is essential. fires can be stoked by dead, broken branches and dead leaves. known as forest fuel, this can be highly flammable and needs to be cleared. the main problem in greece with forest fires is the concentration of forest fuels. so we must find clever ways to decrease the forest fuels. post—fire management is very crucial, we must take the correct decisions to protect forests, to protect soil, to prevent erosion. if we don't solve the causes
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of fires, you have done nothing. are you worried that if there are more heatwaves next year and then years to come, we're going to see more huge megafires like this? the recent scientific results showed us we're going to have more heatwaves, more days of fire danger, so things are not so optimistic about forest fires and the beginning of megafires in the future. if you ask our colleagues in spain, portugal, italy or turkey, they are going to explain to you that the new trend in forest fires is megafires, megafires are affected by climate change. we must believe in prevention to answer climate change. and we see the effect of climate change across europe, when you see countries that recently were not affected from forest fires, like romania, poland, sweden,
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scandinavian countries, so you see that fires are going up north in europe. how do we fight climate change? we must take serious political decisions. we must cut the emissions in order to stop or to slow climate change. on the other hand, we must prepare the citizens to adjust to the new reality. i am very confident about nature, nature is going to do the work. the mediterranean forests are used to forest fires. it is inside the rehabilitation mechanism. so i trust nature. what i am not trusting, i don't trust humans. laughs
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back in evia, nikos is getting married. he has invited us to the civil wedding. he and his wife evmorfia are expecting a baby. a little boy. traditional music plays
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your son is going to grow up with the forest, in a way, so he is going to grow up with a new forest that's growing now.
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a day after his wedding, i met nikos again in his half burnt orchards. he had brought some honeycomb from his hives. mmm, that's good! that's really good. i have never had honey out of a, directly out of a hive before. so good. he told me it felt like the end of an era. evia's forest will eventually grow back, if new fires can be prevented. but these burnt trees
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are an unsettling reminder of how fragile this landscape is — especially if megafires in the mediterranean become the new normal. hello. it could well take the first half of the night to get rid of the very strongest winds that have been battering the north—eastern quarter of scotland for a good part of sunday. this was the scene just a wee while ago across the north—eastern quarter, where some of the gusts were still touching around 60 mph or so. it is going to take time before that squeeze on the isobars gradually
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opens up as this little ridge of high pressure wanders in from the atlantic ahead of the next set of fronts we are expecting to see from the west during the course of the night. eventually, that cloud will thicken sufficiently to bring rain into northern ireland, the western fringes of scotland, maybe the cumbrian fells as well, but out east, the skies will be that much clearer and one or two spots on the eastern side of scotland, maybe in the heart of east anglia too, could well get temperatures down very close to freezing. that is going to be a pretty cold day, and a bright one away from these weather fronts, but a cold start to the new day on monday. now, these weather fronts again just wanting to squeeze up the isobars to bring a spell of fairly windy weather across this north—western quarter, but i think the thing you will notice from the word go into northern ireland, for example, is there will be rain in the thickening cloud. that eventually gets across the north channel into the western side of scotland, some moderate if not heavy bursts here over the high ground and eventually it spills down towards the north—west of england and into the north of wales as well.
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further to the south and east, it is a somewhat drier affair, never particularly warm in east anglia despite the presence of the sunshine after that chilly start. as we take you out of monday and push you through tuesday, on into wednesday, you see the same set of weather fronts are there or thereabouts at some point across the british isles. and eventually i think we'll see the cloud thickening up and producing perhaps a heavier spell of rain come wednesday, but throughout, close to those weather fronts, it will stay relatively mild, and just that little bit fresher without ever being really cold to the north of the weather fronts themselves. so here we are for the detail on tuesday. the fronts trying to meander their way that little bit further towards the south, brighter skies across scotland, northern ireland, with a rattle of showers in the far north and west. and further south, look at that. see what i mean about mild? 14 or 15 degrees or so. the temperatures in the second half of the week once that front gets away just tending to fall back without ever being cold, and little sign of night—time frosts. bye— bye.
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