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this is bbc news. i'm julian worricker. the headlines at 11:00: no new diesel or petrol vehicles after 2040, environmental campaigners say action needs to be taken now. we have to get rid of petrol and diesel cars off our roads if we're going to make sure that not only do we deal with the health problems that air pollution causes but also that we meet our climate change targets. we're very disappointed with this plan, it is unambitious and it kicks the can down the road rather than dealing with the urgent issue of air quality which is affecting people right now. huge forest fires in the south of france force 10,000 people to flee, including many british tourists. donald trump goes to war with transgender people in the military saying he'll ban them. in the midst of a week of drama, i am joined by in the midst of a week of drama, i amjoined bya in the midst of a week of drama, i am joined by a donald trump key
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lieutenant. good evening and welcome to bbc news. environmental and health campaigners have criticised the government's long awaited clean air strategy, saying it doesn't go far or fast enough to tackle pollution in our towns and cities. the plan, ordered by the high court, includes a ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040, and measures which could allow local councils much sooner to change road layouts, remove speed humps or penalise the dirtiest vehicles. the aim is to encourage us all to switch to electric vehicles. here's our science editor david shukman. 0n the worst days, the pollution hangs like a mist over our cities. the gases and particles cause asthma and heart
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trouble, maybe dementia. and there's evidence that dirty air shortens lives, linked to an estimated 40,000 premature deaths in britain every year. and the biggest source of pollution is diesel engines, and we have millions of them. so the government has a vision for a future where all our cars will be electric. norway will do this by 2025, france by 2040, and that's the year the government here has set to move away from conventional engines. we have to get rid of petrol and diesel cars off our roads if we're going to make sure not only that we deal with the health problems that air pollution causes, but also that we meet our climate—change targets. and the good news is that the car industry is already moving in this direction. archive: at the austin motor works in birmingham, anglo—american cooperation has resulted in a new small car... this is another potentially momentous step, because there's a long, proud history of petrol and diesel engines powering cars in britain.
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these are machines that have shaped the way we live and work. but for the sake of everyone's health, their days are now numbered. the headline of a ban by 2040 on sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans is certainly eye—catching, but what about tackling pollution now? well, a couple of months ago, the government's own advisers said the best way to do that would be to have clean—air zones in towns and cities up and down the country. that idea is not in the new plan issued today. instead, ministers want local councils to take action. they suggest councils might remove speed bumps, so cars don't slow down and accelerate, generating more pollution. they say old buses can be fitted with new filters to make them clean, and there is more money for this. and they may, as a last resort, allow councils to impose charges on drivers for entering a city. but scrapping the most polluting
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diesels, which local authorities have pushed for, is not on the government agenda, and the councils are worried they're being asked to fight pollution without enough cash. at the moment, we have to monitor, we have to report about pollution and air quality in our local authority areas, but we have no powers, really, to do anything about it. today's announcement gives us that first step, you know, but if the funding doesn't come, you know, or the government, when the details come out, constrains us in any way, that is going to mean that, actually, communities are going to be let down. so is electric power the answer? volvo has declared it will go electric from 2019. 0ther car—makers also have plans. but the boss of aston martin says the government hasn't thought through the implications. if you don't have the infrastructure, if you don't have the skills, if you don't have the wherewithal to pay for it,
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then as a statement or as a policy, it's absurd. year after year, britain has seen levels of nitrogen dioxide well above european standards. the government is under court order to clean up, and an environmental group that launched legal action says the environment secretary still isn't doing enough. we're very disappointed with this plan, it's unambitious, and it's not going to fix the problem quickly and urgently. people are suffering health problems because of the poor air that they're breathing in our towns and cities. that needs to be urgently tackled. all the government is doing is kicking the can down the road and not dealing with it as quickly as it could. you can't always see air pollution, but politicians can't avoid it. the government says it is responding, but it doesn't want to offend motorists. the result — a signal of real change, but not for a while. david shukman, bbc news. the parents of the terminally ill baby boy charlie gard have accepted that their son will not die at home. at the high court lawyers accepted that he should be transferred to a hospice. but there's still no agreement on when the eleven month old's life support should be withdrawn.
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0ur correspondent lisa hampele has more from the high court. this is the last day that the parents will have in court. the decision has been made. thejudge will rule, he has ordered that charlie will be taken to a hospice where he will be allowed to die. charlie, his parents agreed today, they conceded early this afternoon, that he will not be able to die at home. they had hoped that great 0rmond street hospital said yesterday it wasn't practical and his guardian was saying today that it was the fairest thing for him. the judge said yesterday that a hospice was the best decision, the best thing for charlie. but he gave a window to the family to find a specialist paediatric intensive care doctor to be able to get a team together, to enable charlie to die at home. that was not possible. but we waited for a long time this afternoon for a doctor who said he could help,
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to arrive at court. he said he could help them ventilate charlie and keep him at a hospice. today the fight changed from where charlie would die to when, and how long he would have after being taken off his ventilator. the family wanted him to go to a hospice. they agreed that this afternoon. they say it is brutal for him to be transferred to a hospice and die just a few hours later. the judge said that is what will happen if they can't find a specialist team by midday tomorrow. there will be no more rulings in court. he has ruled that is what will happen. connie yates left the courtroom after a private hearing. she wasn't here for the final words from thejudge, judge francis, who said he has to act in the best interests of charlie. she rushed off in tears. she has gone back to great 0rmond street to be with charlie and with chris gard, her husband, who has been there for the last couple of days
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while charlie's mother has been fighting in court to have longer with him. we know he will go to a hospice to die. we are not being told how long. we cannot report where the hospice will be or when it will happen. we are expecting that charlie will only have a few hours in a hospice because they are not licensed to be able to look after this little baby with this terminal illness for more than few hours once the ventilator is taken off. more than ten thousand people in the south of france, including many british tourists, have been forced to leave their homes and campsites, to escape rapidly spreading wildfires. many are having to spend a second night in sports halls and other public buildings, while some have taken refuge on beaches. 0ver six thousand firefighters and troops are now battling the fires which have been raging for three days. 0ur correspondent duncan kennedy is in bormes—les—mimosas in provence. the raging power of
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the fires was at its most terrifying during the night. this was bormes—les—mimosas, west of st tropez, where hillsides were engulfed by the burning shrubs and trees. for hours, it swept across the countryside in an unstoppable curtain of flames. thousands of people, including british tourists, were forced out of campsites and other homes. mary and alan anderson from ramsgate said the sight of the fires was extremely distressing. we looked over onto the hill, and all we could see was black smoke billowing from umpteen various places. then the planes came over, picked up loads of water and have been dousing all day to try and dampen the flames. the sheer force of the fires were caught by holiday—makers on their phones. strong mistral winds gave them an unstoppable energy and many burned
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throughout the night. even the 4,000 firefighters and soldiers sent in couldn't get control when faced with this. the fires led to a huge evacuation of 10,000 people, many from campsites like this one. they were told to spend the night on nearby beaches, out in the open. tonight, we found dozens of people in a gymnasium. there are beds and plenty of food, but their holiday has been ruined. for some, it is their third night in this makeshift accommodation. the morning brought no letup in the fires. some tourists were far enough away to continue their holiday, but the lushness of their scenery now replaced by a menacing inferno. in other places, all that was left was a vast, scorched landscape. an area decimated across 15 square miles. 19 aircraft, including ten water bombers, have been brought in. but the french authorities are asking other european governments for technical help. these fires have been
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burning for two days now, and we are seeing fires on hills all around this area. we're also seeing aircraft, helicopters laden with water, trying to put them out, but at the moment they don't seem to be able to bring them under control. temperatures here are in the 30s. the winds show no sign of letting up. a combustible, deadly mixture that will continue to threaten this area. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in southern france. president trump has said he'll ban transgender people from serving in the us military "in any capacity", reversing a policy announced by his predecessor barack 0bama last year. mr trump tweeted that they would burden the military with "large medical bills and disruption". campaigners for transgender rights have called his decision "shocking and ignora nt". 0ur correspondent aleem maqbool reports from texas. there are thought to be thousands
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of members of the us military who identify as transgender. many have spent time in iraq or afghanistan. today they woke up to a shock from the very president they serve. "after consultation with my generals and military experts," he tweeted, "please be advised that the united states government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the us military." riley dosh spent the last four years as an officer in training at the military academy at west point. she came out last year, after president 0bama lifted the ban on transgender people serving openly. she now has to find a newjob, even though it was a lifelong dream to serve the us. ijust fell in love with this country. even those that completely fundamentally disagree with me, ifelt this desire, i want to serve and defend you, and defend your right to disagree with me. how do you feel now when you are told you can't serve?
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i'm going to have to find some other way to serve. not necessarily in the military but serve the country, either in the private sector or public sector. it's heartbreaking that they won't let me be an officer but for now that's how the cards fell. the white house says it's doing this because of the cost of medical transition procedures for transgender servicemembers. the president expressed concerns, since the 0bama policy came into effect, but he has also voiced that this is a very expensive and disruptive policy, and, based on consultation he has had with his national security team, came to the conclusion that it erodes military readiness and unit cohesion, and made the decision based on that. but the cost of procedures for transgender people is estimated to be just one tenth of 1% of the military medical spending budget. at an appearance today,
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the president didn't clarify his transgender ban or how it would be implemented, but he did mock a reporter shouting out questions about it. reporter: mr president, what about your policy on transgender people in the military? you go ahead. she's very rude. this is another attempt to reverse an 0bama policy and it may go down well with some trumped supporters but in the us, well with some trump supporters but in the us, transgender people in role in the military at a much higher rate than the population as a whole and in one move, thousands have been left devastated. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in fort hood in texas. that's a summary of the news, newsday is coming up at midnight. now on bbc news it's time for newsnight. time was, you would never have believed we could exist without cars fuelled by oil. now it's official policy that we will. we'll look ahead to how motor
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transport will work after 2040. but do we need to worry a little more about our oil—polluted air in the here and now? what the government was required to do was to prepare air quality plans which would reduce the levels of pollution in the shortest time possible. something which works in the next 23 years is not going to reduce those pollution levels in our towns and cities in the next few months and weeks. we'll test the government's ideas for cleaning up our atmosphere. in the midst of a week of drama here at the white house, i'm joined by one of donald trump's key lieutenants, sebastian gorka. what has the president achieved in the last six months? ten years ago, anita roddick, the environmentalist and founder of the body shop died, one of the most high profile victims of the contaminated blood scandal. we hear from her daughter sam for the first time. she was pretty clear that she got it through


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