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and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". anchor: the bie race heats up. jeff bezos takes up in his own rocket. >> oh my god! my expectations were high. they were dramatally exceeded. anchor: cleaning up. survivors of the floods try to put their lives back together. serving portentous gold.
now he is heading for the olympics. >> rabbit with two hands. anchor: welcome to world news america. the commercial race for space reached a milestone giving jeff bezos his best day ever. he flew to the edge of space in a reusable rocket. the trip lasted 10 minutes. it comes after richard branson flew to space. sophie long has this report. reporter: preparing to board his rocket.
this is not just a dream. but expanding his empire. with him on his first passenger flight, his brother, wally funk, and an 18-year-old dutch student. >> 7, 6, 5, 4, coand, 2, 1. reporter: the rocket carrying customers is on its way to space. blastoff. lift off for space tourism. on the edge of space, they were weightless. joying the life-changing view of earth.
in the capsule fell back to its service, carrying the oldest and youngest astronauts ever. >> oh my god! [laughter] my expectations were high and they were dramatically exceeded. everyone who has been up into space, they say it changes them. >> i want to thank you. you made it possible for me. i have been waiting a long time to get up there. reporter: critics say this is the wrong time. the planet faces climate driven disasters. advocates say space will provide solutions not problems and are celebrating what was a historic step. bbc neural's in the west texas desert. anchor: for more i'm joined by a doctor.
thank you for joining me. 52 years ago today, the first man landed on the moon. what is the significance of jeff bezos spending 10 minutes on the edge of space. reporter: we have seen something revolutionary. we have gone from only beginnings of what could lookthe like an actual industry, private citizensho pay, and it democratize a space. let's everyone go up to space. right now, over -- only the wealthy can afford it. but if you look at the progression of technologies, they start out government invested, private sector takes over, prices come down.
this is just the beginning. over the next several decades we have to wa and see how it plays out. laura: do we want people in space? reporter: to me it is a huge benefit to science. it allows space agencies to focus on things that are difficult to do. build telescopes. let's turn over the commercial sector. you see that with the development of communication satellites. it started out all government, then they took that sector over. you are seeing the natural progression if they can drive the cost down to make it viable. to me it is a false choice.
should we invest in earth or space? why can't we invest involved. anchor: that is a good point, but there is a debate about who regulates space. if you see companies get involved, is and they're to be a downside of not having that government regulation? reporter: we're going to need more regulation. not coming from the humans, from the amount of private companies. when you hear the stories of ople putting up thousands of satellites along with government satellites, now more and more people going up there, the chances of things like inadvertent collisions are higher. space debris, malfunctioning satellites. the whole question of space
debris, who is regulating international traffic, governments, private companies. you need to correct the situation that has an aspect of the wild west. anchor: very quickly. used to be the director of the air and space museum, a museum with history of aviation. do you think jeff bezos is going to give you his new shepard capsule? reporter: we certainly hope to collect artifacts from richard branson who has given us the hybrid rocket motor. artifacts from spacex. this is historic. private companies doing things they have never done before. that is the history we want to tell. anchor: thank you very much for joining me.
angela merkel's promised financial help for victims of the floods. at least 160 people have died. as she toured therea, her government faced increased westerns over why communities were not better prepared. reporter: the scenes you cherish for a lifetime. >> it's the first thing you do. reporter: she could not salvage her family photo albums, but, her three children survived. >> they are alive, they are ok. that makes me feel happy. that is the biggest thing you can get.
reporter: people who could not get to higher ground did not have a hope. >> this used to be my kitchen. reporter: without sufficient morning, her sum was trapped,. >> it is a lot of water. there is a man coming by. he screams help. he went down the water. that he went down again, and he was gone. reporter: here in this village, so many homes that were not washed away remain uninhabitable. they have to demolish those before they can begin the process of rebuilding people's homes and lives. toothpaste. the candle. the bare essentials are enough for now.
here in the u.s., the biggest crisis is caused by heat. the bootg fire has forced thousands of residents in two weeks alone, it has fortune area larger than los angeles. john kerry has warned the world does not have the luxury for waiting for the pandemic to end. he says the level of suffering would be magnified many times over unless the climate crisis is tackled. >> while some may still believe it is unfolding in slow motion, no, this test is acute and existential. anchor: for more i'm joined by professor. thank you very much for joining me. eu leaders are meeting this
week. . >> we are all waking up to the new reality. this is something we have seen for many decades and it is going to get worse unleswe rise to the challenge of tackling our emissions right now and people dead huge pilot risk. anchor: what sort of action? is this the new normal? >> we use the best available sides and livelihoods, as well as tackling growing emissions.
he would reduce emissions by half. again, to avoid that huge pile. anchor: a lot of people will be looking at floods in europe. fires in america. they will think how are these events related? how are these linked? reporter: it comes down to heat. the greenhouse gases are warming the planet and we see this clearly in the data. this has effects on the system. record-breaking heat across recent weeks.
they can park soils, dry up vegetation, lead to conditions for wildfires. prolonged droughts which are incredibly damaging. a warming atmosphere is also able to hold more moisture, and that is something that is definitively linked to rising greenhouse gases, that is directly related to the types of extreme rainfall events that we have seen historically over recent years, and is very much theopic. anchor: briefly, do you think people are justified feeling environment doom? reporter: the greest risk is we slide from -- two it is already too late. there is so much we know we can
do and there is no cause for doom. this is something we know we can tackle, and absolutely, work to cool the planet. people should know that is still possible. dramatic choices to make. we have to make it this decade. anchor:. thank you very much [no audio] the delta variant now makes up 83% of covert infections in the united states. dr. michelle kenney increase as it is a sharp increase from earlier this month andided it is a major jump.
the u.s. is now averaging 239 deaths a day. the chair of trump's inaugural committee has been arrested. federal prosecutors allege he conspired to act as an unregistered foreign agent on behalff the uae while mr. trump was a candidate and president. according to a spokesperson, he will plead not guilty. you're watching bbc world news america. boats are tiny, but migrants are making the journey to the u.k.. the report concluded india's death could be higher. the washington post has been
questioning the numbers. reporter: i am not the least bit surprised. i wrote that as early as april. my headline was india is undercounting, and at that point, the government labeled me an alarmist. as somebody who has been reporting, i know the devastation. there are patients with no testing facilities. we are not prepared. it could be 4.7 million deaths. i do not think that is an exaggeration. i am not the least bit surprised. anchor: the british government says migrants crossed the
english channel yesterday, a new record high. in one boat 50 people were seen landing on the beach. reporter: they have come a long way. some of them may have traveled thousands of miles. but the journey comes to an end. it is a giant step in their search for a better life, and scenes like this are playing out on a daily basis. earlier, we took a boat into the channel. >> we have spotted a migrant boat. reporter: it is one of the world's busiest shipping waves. bobbing on the waves, take tiny dinghy. no motor, just battles. where you from? >> suydam. -- sudan.
reporter: they will come and pick you up. having given them some food, we called the coast guard. not far away, we find another boat. we are eight miles offhe coast. we have come across this small thingy. we think there are 13 onboard, couple of small children, couple of women. we have called and the u.k. border force, coast guard, will pick them up. for some, these are desperate people. but others, their economic migrants. over the last few days, the border forces brought hundreds of migrants ashore.
the government says people smugglers are its targets but it is also proposing unauthorized migrants themselves could be jailed. >> putting people in jail who have come here because of terrible things that have happened to them is really draconian. all it will do is fill up our jails. reporter: though the number of people crossing the channel is increasing, hitting a record, overall, the number of people claiming asylum actually fell last year. behind the figures are human stories. the government is pushing back, but for those making these dangerous journeys, the pull of a better future is strong. bbc news. reporter: the olympic games start this weekend. one to watch as a tennis player, a 23-year-old.
is the child of immigrant parents from west africa. [laughter] laura: triumphant return. he is the conquering hero after his wing at wimbledon. the next challenge comes at the olympic games. he is ready. >> having a goal in clear plan. that is the key. having a clear passion. trying to use my story to inspire other people. laura: what a story it is. his father was a maintenance worker at a tennis center. >> my was working at double-shift overnight.
that was what it was. laura: what did it do for you? >> different level of hunger, desire. laura: the coach remembers those days. >> sometimes he trains here. sometimes he does not have money to eat. he is going to get all his money back. i am so proud of him. laura: so is everyone here. a 16-year-old is a rising american tennis star who counts him as a friend and mentor. his story is so unusual, is enough? >> the lesson is anything is possible. it does not matter where you come from, as long as you believe in yourself, work hard, anything is possible. laura: like this moment. he stepped on the court telling
the world black lives matter. another tennis player plays at the same academy and says the activism -- seeing him wearing the mask. >> that was really courageous of him. he realized how important it is for us in the world. laura: the youngest player, he is a role model. >> it's good to see someone like me on tv playing tennis. >> felt like i could do the same if i play as hard as him. laura: is tennis journey has taken him a long way, and now, this child of immigrant parents his head into the olympic games. as he prepares for the olympics,
new hope for american tennis. his parents are his inspiration. >> what can you do to better yourself? grab it with two hands. see how far you can go. laura: maybe you can go all the way. >> we will see. laura: that's the american dream. abby sammy for a medal. anchor: that is so good. another tennis player from ukraine may not be heading to the olympics but he is a fierce competitor. 97 years old, he holds the guinness record as the world's oldest tennis player. he has been training hard. he says his ultimate goal is to reach 100 years old and take on ger federer.
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♪ judy: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight, at the extreme. the western u.s. battles both widespread wildfir and an escalating drought. we visited some of the nation's most fertile farmland where tap s narendra. >> in a drought like the one we're in right now, farmers have to dig hundreds of feet down into the ground to find anothe water. judy: the road ahead. infrastructure negotiations reach a critical moment in congress. budget chair senator bernie we speak tobudget chair senator bernie sanders, about what happens next. and the opposition leading , a belarusian democracy advocate describes her people's ongoing struggle to have their