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Dandelions, cotton balls and swimming pools: how poor risk communication endangers our health and costs us money, and what we can do about it

Dandelions, cotton balls and swimming pools – what do they have in common? They are all terms used by Australian experts to explain science to the public. A scientific concept such as density might be explained by comparing, say, a piece of glass with a snow-flake. A description of water management might invoke a drop of a dangerous substance in an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Published September 2018 Issue 20

Title blight: is our public policy for contaminated sites creating barriers to remediation?

Since the 1970s, legislation and regulations have been progressively developed and more stringently implemented in Australia to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of land and water contamination. Little research on the consequences of these actions and the extent of the impact on remediation efforts exists in Australia.

Published September 2017 Issue 18
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