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this is bbc news. the headlines: president biden has promised to provide advanced air defence systems after the worst russian attack on ukrainian cities for months. his comments come after russia launched more than 80 missiles at sites across the country on monday, killing at least 1a people. industrial plants in iran have been hit by strike action as workers support protests which were sparked by the death in custody last month of 22—year—old mahsa amini. there have also been strikes at a number of other refineries, including in abadan in the west and kengan in the south. a further trial for the disgraced hollywood film producer, harvey weinstein,
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is beginning in los angeles. weinstein denies 11 charges of abuse, including allegations of assault and rape. he's already serving more than 20 years injail after being convicted of a series of sex crimes in new york. now on bbc news — the bbc green sport awards. upbeat theme music
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applause welcome to the first ever bbc green sport awards. i'm ella al—shamahi — explorer, stand—up comic and paleoa nthropologist. and i have no idea what that means. i'm mark watson — also a comedian, a writer, huge sports fan, and we both care about the environment. that's what this programme is all about. you've just seen recycled footage from a bbc sports programme from 30 years ago. and even the awards are made from recycled material, which is all part of the ethos of this programme. and it's why we've occupied the bbc sport match of the day studio. former international footballers, and now pundits, alan shearer and ian wright have been locked out. they think it's temporary, but it's a dream for me to be in this place. i've dressed up, especially for it, there's absolutely no way i'm leaving without a fight.
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by the end of this, i'll be the official new match of the day host, theyjust don't know it yet. and with the click of the fingers, we can make ourselves feel even more at home. we're going to be highlighting athletes and organisations who are using sport to help protect the planet. we've got five awards to reveal and we will be taking you around the world, from rio, to sydney, to berlin to florida. and all while keeping an eye on our own carbon footprint. when you consider that the sports industry emits something equivalent to the size of spain, it's really important we look at what the world of sport is doing to help reach this target and to celebrate those leading the way. and what about the role of our superstar athletes? they are some of the most famous and influential people in the world. last year cristiano ronaldo moved a bottle of fizzy drinks out of shot at a press conference and knocked billions off the value of that drinks company. and our first award for the bbc�*s green sports evergreen award recognises an athlete who has been leading the way
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in this area for many years. former racing driver leilani munter always challenges convention. she only accepts sponsorship from companies with green credentials during her racing career and used her car as a 200 mile per hour billboard for the environment. she's devoted to raising awareness and in particular focusing on the threat to animals. and as part of her prize for winning this year's award the bbc gave leilani a chance to highlight an issue close to her heart. florida may be the sunshine state but it's relationship with water is arguably more defining. miles and miles of beautiful coastline surround the watery heart. i studied biology and for me conserving all life is paramount. marine wildlife has a special place in my heart. 0ur lack of care for our oceans means that for some animals the tide is already turning.
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sea turtles predate human life, they were swimming the seas while dinosaurs walked the earth. with all the damage we're doing to our planet the worrying question is, for how much longer? cat eastman has been working to protect them for more than 20 years. we have five of the seven sea turtles species in the world and they nest or live in our area waters. sea turtles are threatened and endangered so they take all of our work working together to protect them. cat runs the sea turtle hospital programme here in whitby on florida's northeast coast. assistant professor david duffy is part of the team and is investigating the growing threats faced by these ancient creatures. one of the largest is climate change. it produces a whole range of factors producing problems. another one we see a lot
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of is pollution and that includes plastic pollution. and finally, the main one that we're focusing on in our facility is facility is a cancer these turtles are starting to develop, which used to not be a problem but is becoming more and more frequently. megawatt is a juvenile green sea turtle. - about three years old and unfortunately, she is veryi affected by tumours. what are some of the causes that you're looking at? is it the warmer water- and the increased uv lights through climate change? pollution, the chemicals- in the water, things like that. she will undergo probably about six total surgeries. | we can't remove them all at . once because it's not humane. it would be way too painful,
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she would not survive. - the cancer looks horrific. i don't know how anyone can see these pictures and not be affected by them. the tumours are at least easy to spot and that means they can be treated. the team here at the hospital had successfully rehabbed and released 62 green sea turtles. 0kay. oh my god. i told you, they are so cute. the hospital also takes in baby sea turtles who have been born too weak to make it to the sea. they nurture them and release them. theirjob now at this age is to eat and grow. the small sea turtles, unfortunately not all of them make it. and the ones that don't make it, we examine
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what the cause of death may be. and one of the things we've been finding in recent years is that actually the stomachs of these animals are full of plastic. not only that but it's between 97 and 100% of the animals every year that we investigate, they all have plastic. how many other hatchlings are there are out there that are filled with plastic that are starving to death because they feel full? it's heartbreaking and it's because of all of us, we all use plastic in our daily lives. besides the sea turtle, there are actually a lot of other species that are struggling here in florida. and one of them is the manatee. but there is a success story that we're taking an electric road trip to go see now. so another little bit of hope.
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i've come to meet captain derek schmidt who is going to be our guide, he runs responsible manatee tours. they are wild animals, we strive to keep the wildlife wild around here. crystal river is known as the home of the manatee. but even here the populations were struggling due to pollution, habitat loss and being hit by boats. now though, numbers are rising thanks to a scheme to repopulate the seagrass in these cages. mike and stacy have been working to protect the manatees in crystal river for over 15 years. tell me about the baskets. the reason we put them up is because the manatees, i when they learn about this . grass they say "oh, a buffet. " and so they put the baskets. when they first put - the baskets and they didn't have waits on them. the manatees dug up- and flip them over and went down to the buffet. and was like, oh, this is nice. so after six years they learn how to keep the manatees i
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out of the baskets. the project hasjust been phenomenal. 0ur numbers are going steadily up, thank goodness. the recent number was around 7500 they guesstimated throughout almost half and half between the east coast and the west coast. but sadly, the picture is not as positive for manatee populations on florida's atlantic coast where they are dying in unprecedented numbers. last year we saw more than 1000 manatees die during the cold weather season. about half of those died of starvation, that was due to intense pollution in the lagoon and that pollution is algae blooms that come and basically cloud over or shade over the seagrass and kill it off. so all of these manatees come into the lagoon looking for warm water refuge and food to eat and found there was nothing there for them. what are you doing to change that? basically, we're in this
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position of trying to force the environmental protection agency to take that step necessary to ensure that water is clean. and so we've taken them to court. meeting these guys who are fighting for the manatees, trying to protect their habitat, trying to bring back the sea grasses, meeting the people at the sea turtle hospital that have dedicated their lives to helping the turtles, it gives me hope that there are good people working to solve these problems. and they need help. they need as much help as they can get so i hope that we're shining the light on the people that are helping and that that will help them help the animals even more. it's important to protect nature for so many reasons. being in nature actually has an incredible impact on our mental health. it reduces stress, anger, anxiety — mark, are you listening to this? it boosts your mood
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and research has even shown it increases our cognitive abilities, memory and even makes us nicer and more generous. i mean, you are around nature all the time. are you saying you're more generous to me? i am, i'm really spectacular as far as generosity is concerned. on with the awards. leilani has clearly used her profile for massive impact. but it's not always been the case that our sporting heroes have had that platform. look at this chart which the massachusetts institute of technology has put together showing which occupations from the mid—18th to mid—19th century had the most influence on the world's population. we're looking now at the end of the end of the mid 19th century 20th—century foot up if you bring it right up you can see how sports influences the landscape. politicians being squeezed out, exploration is now down to 0.8 on that. mark, hold on. where does a comedy show panelist fall in this? we don't have time to go back to the statistics. let's move on with the next award, the 2022 bbc green sport awards young athlete award.
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it goes to someone who is making an impact in my opinion and the biggest sport on the planet, football. i just felt hopeless being a football player having this huge environmental crisis. my life is about more than football. when i go on vacation i try to use the train as much as i can. i've got a bike which am riding. everything i do in the local area i do with a bike. actually, the couches i've got from a player in my last club. vintage chairs, secondhand. this sweater is actually 100% recyclable. also trying to buy as much second—hand close as you can. my engagement started back in 2014 when i started reading about all the things that became kind of overwhelming when i started to understand all the problems and the huge challenges and i became sad and depressed and all these negative thoughts about how can
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we not be speaking of this? so it actually came to a point that i'm considering quitting football because of this. in the end i think it was my father that told me, morten, the best thing you can do for the environment is actually becoming as good as possible in football and keep speaking up about these issues. so, this is an ongoing project of we play green hub. that's what it's called. i like it, i like it. for me is very close, it's in my living room. we play green is a platform where we want to coach and inspire players to engage in these issues and use their role to make a difference. now i've just arrived to a new club and of course the first month is about getting to know everyone. then after scoring a couple of goals and then i start to speak with them about all the things they can do. how many times a day do my conversation
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end up in something regarding the environment? very often. very often but we also bring it up a couple times, make jokes, maybe on your behalf. the funny thing is, when you're actually making jokes on my behalf and i don't understand and i'm just continuing for that i say yeah, that's exactly what i mean. but we're not laughing at you, we're laughing with you. i know. actually, i tried to tell alec before he was going to take the number two shirt. alex takes number two shirts. i think we will solve the climate crisis. i got an electric car and her name is greta. i think it's a cool name, greta. it's very international. my biggest footprint is actually by flying with my team.
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that's the big part for me. that's not up to me, that's up to the club but i can still try to push my club and tell them that i care about this. i use the term think twice. that's also because of the two meaning on my shirt, to symbolise the 2 degrees from 5 degrees and may by 2015 where all countries come together and agree that we have to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees. i think i'm maybe 95% vegetarian. it's important to state how fortunate i am to be a football player and i can actually afford to buy sustainable and healthy food, which in many cases are more expensive than not sustainable alternatives. the sustainable and green choice should always be the most affordable options. the summer i went to meet the prime minister of norway. i went to meet uefa and try to speak with them because in
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the end this is teamwork. we need to work together to achieve the goals but it's notjust about individuals, it has to be bigger than that. change has to come at every level. so let's look at what sports teams and organisations are doing themselves. the next bbc green sport award is for ambition and impact. it's all about those that are doing the best work and driving down emissions in elite sport. the impact league is a major part of sailgp. we're raising him wanted to try and win of course but also raising on land to try and be the most sustainable team. waste reduction, energy consumption, how you travel to an event, how you use your voice to the wider public. also try to be collaborative in terms of sharing some of those ideas that you might find. and after each sailing competition we get audited
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on all of those and for them at the end of the season there is— an impact for the planet. the winner of the impact league and you win money for your charitable partner. as the leader of the team . it was a very proud moment to see the hard work - of the team pay off and being crowned the champions for that and that money . in particular is going to go towards our charity| partner live ocean. that money will go towards looking at the water kelp . and it's a role to - mitigate climate change. it's vitally important to the planet. - life on earth is not that. healthy withouth the ocean is vitally importantj to help the planet. so we can use the platform we have here in sport- to try to connect people to those issues that - we're doing ourjob. the goal of the on water programme is to have 100%
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clean energy by 2025. so we really want to a shift to clean energy solutions on the water. remove our reliance on fossil fuels and create 100% clean energy solutions for all our operations. sailgp, the winners of the 2020 bbc green sport award for ambition and impact. i think for a lot of us when it comes to the ocean it's a case of out of sight out of mind. but marine pollution has increased tenfold since 1980. and that starts making its way back into our food chain. we move on to bbc green sport awards teamwork award. the exciting thing about these awards is that we can also celebrate and highlight those individuals who are working incredibly hard at the grassroots level to educate and raise awareness. 0ur winner of the teamwork award fits this description perfectly. and they are doing it in a country at the front line of climate change.
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translation: i'm rafaela, i'm14 years old and i live i here in rio dejaneiro. me and my brother started learning tae kwon do about six years ago. when people think about rio, they probably think about beaches and parties but it's a very big city. we're on the other side, not that well known by tourists and nowhere near the beach. we're also nowhere near the amazon forest but we've been learning all about how important it is at our tae kwon do project. this is jadi, he started the association. of course the plan is to teach us tae kwon do but his idea goes beyond that. translation: l was once i like rafaela and her brother, i start really
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young in a social project and it changed my life. our goal here is not only to form athletes but to form champions in sport and in life and sustainability. it's part of our work. thinking more sustainably changed our routines at home. we end up sharing some information with our families, friends and neighbours, inspiring them to create an impact too. translation: in my - neighbourhood there is no official recycling collection. only the normal one, all mixed together. . here my kids learn how to separate the rubbishj and help some locals who make extra cash— with the recyclables. translation: here they learn about the importance of clean l water, the science behind erosion, the importance of biodiversity. and they also learn using virtual reality headsets. translation: the tae kwon do association has helped us -
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and over 7,000 children from rio to be more conscious of our impact on the environment. we hope to show a good example to the world. 0ne exciting and inspirational project. let's not forget that brazil, with the challenges of deforestation, is a country where that work might be just even more valuable. as the amazon rainforest, let's be completely honest, are the lungs of our planet. and now to our final award. we're celebrating somebody who spent years using their sporting platform, including the time as the australia's rugby union captain, to influence environmental issues. and in the past year he's made a giant leap into politics, getting elected to work in the australian parliament, he now has the power to act on those issues, senator david pocock. we've managed to employ the help of another australian sports tar star to surprise david with the news. hi, i'm pat cummings,
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australian test men's cricket captain and i'm on my way to surprise the bbc�*s first ever athlete of the year. i'm pleased to say this year's winner is david pocock. former international rugby union player, all—around legend in the sport, david has used his profile to raise awareness of environmental issues. within sport and beyond. i can't wait to surprise him with this award and thank him for all that is done. david thinks he's here doing an interview with the bbc and talking to the staff here at botanic gardens about his life in sport, to environmentalism to politics. let's go and surprise him. hey, dave. congratulations, you are the bbc�*s first ever athlete of the year. applause. congratulations, mate. you don't have to be
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a climate scientist to just want climate action and to be actually moving in the right direction and building a future that is liveable and good for our kids and their kids. it's a challenging thing to do as an athlete where you are flying. but the reality is, this is a big problem that none of us want, it will take some pretty uncomfortable conversations and more more people recognise people have a role to play in some way. do you worry about the climate impact on some of our sports? it's already having an impact, just on rugby at the last world cup there was a typhoon that came through and a whole bunch of games were canceled. the team i used to play for in canberra, their whole preseason had to be moved because of smoke and club grounds and drought, too hard, they are in areas where there is flooding and fires so they are hard to insure. we're seeing it already and that is only going to get worse.
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and i do think sport has such a powerful role in terms of the storytelling. how do we play our part? through sport, you can reach a different audience and tell stories about notjust the problems but also the solutions. for all of us growing up, i remember very subtle training yourself to, it was such a statement i thought as a kid i thought, i want to learn more about this. we're all part of this system that is been so reliant on fossil fuels. but it doesn't mean we can't take a lot of action, we've got so many other solutions that are ready to go to go and we just need the will and especially political will to make it happen. rather than getting cynical and checking out, get involved orfind people in your school and neighbourhood who are interested. act locally but also push your politicians to get going. we don't have any time to waste. and i think it's really exciting what we can actually build together. david is a fantastic role model for fans of sport and for the business of sport.
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in so many ways i think these last two years have been of the bit of a wake—up call, right? from covid to extreme weather, it's a bit like nature is sending out a distress signal. a serious hats—off to all our award winners because, at the end of the day, this is the only planet we've got. yeah, you are the scientist but i believe so, yeah. it's definitely the only planet we've got. i was goingto to ask about any other options but fine, i agree with you. i think the reason we love sport is that it's notjust about the elite heroes at the top, we're all involved. sport is for everyone no matter what your standard is or your background. think for that reason, sport can teach us about looking after our planet. we can't just sit and watch. we can only make progress if every single one of us is part of the team. well, that is all from the 2022 bbc green sport awards. time for us to turn
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the power off. thanks for the loan of the studio, lads. no problem. until next year, goodbye. goodbye. if you need anyone to help out... we will call you. iam around... come on, let's get out of here. i've nothing else the diaryjust in case. thank you, we'll call you! just let me know! hello there. despite a few isolated showers in the far northwest, on the whole, monday was a glorious autumnal day with a lot of sunshine — a great opportunity to get out and enjoy those late—summer flowers. however, clear skies by day lead to a chilly night, and we could see a touch of frost as temperatures hover around freezing early on tuesday. these are favoured spots across central and southern areas of england. a little more cloud further north and west, and here, we keep the threat of some showers. so, the showers there from the word go during tuesday and they will become a little bit these are favoured spots across central and southern areas of england. a little more cloud further north and west, and here, we keep
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the threat of some showers. so, the showers there from the word go during tuesday and they will become a little bit more frequent as we move into the afternoon. elsewhere, clouding over a little into the northwest of england and northern ireland. a little of fairweather cloud generally, but it will be largely fine, settled and pleasant, with 16 degrees the afternoon high. now, as we move through tuesday evening and into overnight, this weather front here will continue to drift its way steadily south and east. there'll be more isobars on the chart. the further north you are, the stronger the winds, and that will drive that rain steadily south. so, to begin with on wednesday morning, it's going to be a showery story with some heavy rain out to the west, but still, the clearest skies perhaps in east anglia and southeast england. now, that wet weather will gradually drift its way steadily south and east. it's going to take its time doing so and weaken off considerably as it moves its way down through the north of england and into south wales, staying fine and dry with highs of 18 celsius ahead of it. behind it, again,
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the sunshine comes through and temperatures at around 12—15 celsius. as we move into thursday, there's a better opportunity of seeing some more heavy and persistent rain across south wales and southern england. the position and the timing of that weather front still subject to question, so it's best to keep an eye on the forecast. but on thursday, we could start off with some wet weather in the southwest, gradually drifting through wales and gradually pushing towards the london area towards the end of the day. north of that, it will be largely fine and dry away from the north—west of the great glen, where we could still see a few scattered showers. friday into the start of the weekend turns unsettled once again, with showers or longer spells of rain and the winds will be a feature. in
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