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Excerpt of press release from the Department of the Interior:

Salazar Underscores Importance of Healthy Outdoor Activity for Young People in Visit to Great Falls Park near Nation’s Capital

McLEAN, Va. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today underscored the importance of outdoor recreation for young people, taking a hike with members of the Youth Conservation Corps at Great Falls Park outside Washington, one of thousands of federal, state, and local parks and wildlife refuges near urban areas across the country.

“An average young person today spends six hours a day in front of a computer or TV and less than four minutes playing outdoors,” Salazar said. “If our young people today are going to grow up to be healthy adults, we must encourage them to get outdoors. In particular, we need to introduce them to the beauty of our national parks and wildlife refuges, many of which are within easy traveling distance of urban areas.”

For the rest of this article, see http://www.doi.gov/news/09_News_Releases/072309a.html



On Saturday my first “Code Green” comic appeared in the Daily Beast’s feature “This Week in Cartoons.”

Here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-08-07/the-week-in-cartoons-2/

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LA readers

My first “Code Green” comic, about the kids who don’t go outside (or know where that is), will be printed in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, 8/16. I’d love to have a copy of it — if anyone could mail me one (I’d like the whole page it appears on, no need for the whole paper and not just the cartoon clipped out), I would certainly appreciate it!

[EDIT: Thank you to several readers who have volunteered!]

Thank you to great cartoonist Joel Pett, who puts together the weekly cartoon roundup for the LA Times!

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Military Response

Excerpt from the New York Times:

Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security
Published: August 8, 2009

WASHINGTON — The changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics, military and intelligence analysts say.

Read the rest at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/science/earth/09climate.html?scp=1&sq=military%20response%20global%20warming&st=cse


My latest Code Green cartoon made it into the Daily Beast’s “The Week in Cartoons” again! Here it is: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-08-21/the-week-in-cartoons-4. Click on #6 in the gallery.

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Excerpt from the New York Times:

Oil Industry Backs Protests of Emissions Bill

Published: August 18, 2009

The event on Tuesday was organized by a group called Energy Citizens, which is backed by the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry’s main trade group. Many of the people attending the demonstration were employees of oil companies who work in Houston and were bused from their workplaces.

This was the first of a series of about 20 rallies planned for Southern and oil-producing states to organize resistance to proposed legislation that would set a limit on emissions of heat-trapping gases, requiring many companies to buy emission permits. Participants described the system as an energy tax that would undermine the economy of Houston, the nation’s energy capital.

Read the whole article at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/19/business/energy-environment/19climate.html?scp=1&sq=texas%20oil%20rally&st=cse


Inspired by a stupid editorial in the New York Times:

The Earth Is Warming? Adjust the Thermostat
Published: August 10, 2009

Plan B. Do something about the weather. Originally called geoengineering, this approach used to be dismissed as science fiction fantasies: cooling the planet with sun-blocking particles or shades; tinkering with clouds to make them more reflective; removing vast quantities of carbon from the atmosphere.

Today this approach goes by the slightly less grandiose name of climate engineering, and it is looking more practical. Several recent reviews of these ideas conclude that cooling the planet would be technically feasible and economically affordable.

In case you want to waste your time: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/science/11tier.html?scp=3&sq=climate%20change%20particles%20august&st=cse