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Behind the News: June 25, 2019
June 25, 2019
ABC Me  |  June 25, 2019

Hong Kong Protests
People in Hong Kong have continued to protest a proposed new law which would mean people accused of crimes in China could be sent there to face a trial. We investigate why the protests are happening and find out more about the history of Hong Kong.

Recycling
Recently local government from around Australia got together for a big meeting and one of the main topics of conversation was recycling. It's been causing some big problems in Australia since a bunch of overseas countries said they no longer wanted to deal with our waste.

Aussie Future
The CSIRO has released a report looking into the future of Australia. It spoke to a bunch of experts about what the country might look like in 2060 and they put forward a couple of very different scenarios, depending on what we and our governments do now.

Seed School
We meet some school kids who are working with scientists to save Australia's endangered plants! Students at Woodlupine Primary School in Perth have been carefully growing three species that are in danger of extinction then harvesting their seeds.

Cricket Bat Kid
We meet a young Aussie who wants to share his love of cricket with as many people as possible! Ten-year-old Riley spends his spare time refurbishing old cricket gear and giving it to kids who need it.

Hong Kong Protests
People in Hong Kong have continued to protest a proposed new law which would mean people accused of crimes in China could be sent there to face a trial. We investigate why the protests are happening and find out more about the history of Hong Kong.

Recycling
Recently local government from around Australia got together for a big meeting and one of the main topics of conversation was recycling. It's been causing some big problems in Australia since a bunch of overseas countries said they no longer wanted to deal with our waste.

Aussie Future
The CSIRO has released a report looking into the future of Australia. It spoke to a bunch of experts about what the country might look like in 2060 and they put forward a couple of very different scenarios, depending on what we and our governments do now.

Seed School
We meet some school kids who are working with scientists to save Australia's endangered plants! Students at Woodlupine Primary School in Perth have been carefully growing three species that are in danger of extinction then harvesting their seeds.

Cricket Bat Kid
We meet a young Aussie who wants to share his love of cricket with as many people as possible! Ten-year-old Riley spends his spare time refurbishing old cricket gear and giving it to kids who need it.

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Hurricane Dorian The Bahamas have been battered by the fiercest hurricane to hit the islands since records began. Hurricane Dorian was category 5 when it made landfall - the strongest category there is. We look at how hurricanes work, how they’re measured and how people are coping with the disaster. Trade Wars You might have heard on the news over the past few months about something called a trade war that’s going on between the US and China. The countries aren’t really 'at war' - but they are having a serious disagreement about tariffs and it’s having an effect on economies around the world - including here in Australia. We find out what tariffs are and how they’re being used as a weapon by the world’s most powerful countries. Human Evolution Scientists are really excited about a new find in Ethiopia. It's a 3.8 million-year-old skull belonging to one of our oldest ancestors and they hope it'll give us a much better understanding of human evolution. Matt find out more about the find and how humans became humans. NASA fossils Scientists from NASA and the ESA have been in Western Australia’s Pilbara region learning how to collect the best rock samples from the surface of Mars! Both space agencies are planning unmanned missions to the red planet which will involve collecting Martian rock samples and looking for signs of ancient Martian life. So that they know what to look for, they’re learning more about ancient Australian rocks which hold clues to the beginnings of life on Earth. Worm Wee We meet some school kids who’ve made a business out of worm wee! While it might not sound too tasty to us, plants love the liquid created by earthworms and so do gardeners. The students from Mercedes College teach us more about worms and how they help the soil to stay healthy.

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Prime Minister Interview Scott Morrison visits the BTN studio for a one-on-one interview. We ask him a selection of questions sent in by our YouTube subscribers and Ask a Reporter audience, covering a range of topics, from the government’s environmental policy to the PM’s favourite superhero. Concussion Treatment Steve Smith has confirmed he won’t be playing in the third Ashes Test in the UK after getting a concussion in the second match in the series. We look at what a concussion is and why experts say Smith’s decision sends the right message to other sports people and to kids. Nuclear Tests Thursday is the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, which was set up 10 years ago by the United Nations to raise awareness about the effects of testing nuclear weapons. We look at the history of nuclear testing and the effect it’s had on people around the world, including here in Australia. Buying Territories The eyes of the world were on a Danish island in the Arctic this week after US President Donald Trump suggested that he’d be interested in buying Greenland. Denmark and Greenlanders themselves were quick to tell the president the territory is not for sale. But it’s not the first time the US has tried to buy the island. In fact, the US has a long history of buying other countries’ territories. Toilet Renovations If you think of the most exciting or pleasant room in your school, chances are it won’t be the toilets! But we find out about a project that’s aiming to change that. Its organisers are giving toilets make-overs so kids have a pleasant place to pee!

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