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Denial, Depression, Acceptance

"Environmental journalism is about cataloging the decline." (David Adam, Nature) The mere thought evokes in me denial and depression but not, as yet, acceptance...
Denial, depression and acceptance are the the three stages of loss that can be applied from everything from the death of a loved one to environmental degradation. These emotions are also the ones facing any journalist when confronted with the challenge of reporting on the environment. Here, listed, is an array of barriers to communicating truths when it comes to climate change and environmental stories:

1) Where is the event in climate change? Climate change occurs on a timescale that is counter to news values. The mainstream media tends to focus on side line conflict issues, such as climategate or target disagreements, because it fits with their news values...current, fast moving, visual. In order to fit newsroom values stories maybe amplified to give apocalyptic visions of the future as a device to grab attention…