The New York Times’ Andrew C. Revkin writes:

In the 20 years I’ve been covering global warming, it’s been hard to find a lot of laughs. There have been a few moments — like when I was standing too close to an open-water gap in the floating sea ice at the North Pole, until a bearlike Russian camp worker pulled me back, explaining in broken English that a tourist had fallen into the 14,300-foot-deep, 28-degree water that way the year before. That’s about as funny as it gets on my beat. 

… The tourist survived. Actually, come to think of it, that was the same day a beautiful Russian woman (the runner-up in the Mother Russia pageant) popped out of a tent dressed in an ice-length sequined gown, tiara and white fur coat, and began dancing with Santa Claus.

Maybe this is a funnier beat than I thought. As if to prove that, and just in time for the holidays (or a break from dissecting the latest nonpapers at the Bali talks), now comes “101 Funny Things About Global Warming” (Bloomsbury USA, January 2008), the first book of climate cartoons (the first one I know of, anyway). It is assembled by Sidney Harris and 20 other masters of the scribbled line.

Just in time for Christmas, for the giggling climate-catastrophist in your clan. Full article here.