Recently the Sydney Morning Herald featured a headline, “COVID-19: This too shall pass … like a kidney stone”. Whilst true, in the meantime, people will in the short term tend to overreact, fanned by the media’s innate predisposition to sensationalise. The result will be that many will be initially paralysed followed by inevitable panic. This situation is not conducive to appropriate rational behaviour or appropriate solutions that could minimise the impact on our economy.

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Environmental news communication has come a long way and, for some time now, has become part of mainstream journalism. News conveying information about human interaction with, and the impact on, the environment is even more essential today than at any other time because public knowledge and understanding of the environment…

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