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Behind the News: August 18, 2020
August 18, 2020
ABC Me  |  August 18, 2020

Coping during COVID-19

While Victorians work to get their Coronavirus spike under control, there are worries about how their time in isolation could be affecting people’s mental health. BtN speaks to some young Melbournians about how the pandemic has affected them and get some useful advice from the experts at Kids Helpline.

Mauritius Spill

A massive clean-up operation is underway off the coast of Mauritius after a Japanese cargo ship ran aground on a reef and started leaking oil. Find out why that could be disastrous for the island nation and the people and animals who live there.


Underwater Explorer

BtN talks to aquanaut and ocean conservationist, Fabien Cousteau, about his plan to build the world’s most advanced underwater research station and find out why he and many others see the deep oceans as humanity’s next frontier of exploration.


Dark Sky Sanctuary

Recently, a part of the Swan Reach Recreation Park in South Australia was named as the country’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. BtN goes to Swan Reach to find out what that means, and why locals love living in a place with some of the world’s best stargazing.


Stamp Collecting

August is Stamp Collecting month - Australia Post’s annual celebration of a very old hobby. Learn about the history of stamps, why people collect them and why some of those little pieces of sticky paper are worth a lot of money!

Coping during COVID-19

While Victorians work to get their Coronavirus spike under control, there are worries about how their time in isolation could be affecting people’s mental health. BtN speaks to some young Melbournians about how the pandemic has affected them and get some useful advice from the experts at Kids Helpline.

Mauritius Spill

A massive clean-up operation is underway off the coast of Mauritius after a Japanese cargo ship ran aground on a reef and started leaking oil. Find out why that could be disastrous for the island nation and the people and animals who live there.


Underwater Explorer

BtN talks to aquanaut and ocean conservationist, Fabien Cousteau, about his plan to build the world’s most advanced underwater research station and find out why he and many others see the deep oceans as humanity’s next frontier of exploration.


Dark Sky Sanctuary

Recently, a part of the Swan Reach Recreation Park in South Australia was named as the country’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. BtN goes to Swan Reach to find out what that means, and why locals love living in a place with some of the world’s best stargazing.


Stamp Collecting

August is Stamp Collecting month - Australia Post’s annual celebration of a very old hobby. Learn about the history of stamps, why people collect them and why some of those little pieces of sticky paper are worth a lot of money!

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