Climate Change and the Sunday Comics Page

You know the climate issue has truly arrived as a newspaper fixture when it moves beyond the news, opinion, business, sports, and feature sections to show up in the Sunday comics – twice on the same day.

On February 24, two venerable (critics might say stodgy, but we’ll leave that to the critics) comic strips dealt with global warming with seasonal snow themes.

The ageless Hi and Lois, in the strip named for them, are looking out the window at the impact of a winter storm the night before. Hi worriedly notes the ice, the downed tree limb, the wind-chill temperature of eight degrees. Lois, however, “finds it reassuring” because “we can stop worrying about global warming for one day.”

Ouch!, scientists might well complain – weather confused with climate again! But it is, after all, the comics.

In the “Family Circus” installment that day, a melting snowman looks down at the ground – holding his head in alarm – as his body melts onto the pavement outside a building. “Tonight Al Gore Speaks on Global Warming,” a sign on the wall proclaims.

Humor may be in the eye of the (comics) beholder. But the onward emergence of climate change as a subject for all kinds of commentary is there for anyone to see.

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