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The Population Growth Editorial Cartoons

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1. Nick Anderson  Nick Anderson's Editorial Cartoons 2017-09-18 population growth 
Cartoonist(s): Nick Anderson
Comic/Cartoon: Nick Anderson's Editorial Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2017-09-18 Pub. Date: 2017-09-18
Image Number: 163054
Caption: Hurricane Harvey was a wake-up call for Houston, the state of Texas, and for the entire United States. Sploosh. In the wake of Harvey, we are facing the prospect of multi-billion-dollar clean-up and flood control projects. Damn. Damn! Price tag. Many local officials an armchair pundits ridicule the idea that development contributes to flooding. Phooey! But what we fail to recognize is that we've been systematically destroying the existing flood control system: Wetlands and prairies. They are mother nature's flood control system, and she provided them to us for free. I was hoping for a Porsche ... In fact, the reason that wetlands even exist is because of periodic flooding. They absorb water during a flood and slowly release it during dry periods, and they filter out toxins and pollutants in the process. We are literally developing land that nature has designated as flood-detention reservoirs. Then we wonder why there's water in our houses. With porous soils and vegetation that has complex and deep root systems. Wetlands act as giant sponges during a flood. Sponge Power!! But, instead of seeing them as the extraordinarily valuable assets they are, we see them as impediments to growth. We fill them in, pave them and build on them. In Harris County alone, almost 30 percent of freshwater wetlands have been lost to development between 1992 and 2010, according to Texas A&M scientist, John Jacob. He calls the situation "unconscionable." And climate change is complicating our situation. "More people die here than anywhere else from floods. More property per capita is lost here. And the problem's getting worse," says Sam Brody, a Texas A&M University at Galveston researcher who specializes in natural hazards mitigation. Climate change is a hoax. The models predicting the chances of these floods happening need to be updated. Warmer water means more evaporation and more water vapor in the air. "The exact same storm that comes along today has more rain associated with it than it would have 50 or 100 years ago," said Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech. As wetlands have been lost, the amount of impervious surface in Harris County increased by 25 percent from 1996 to 2011, Brody added. To be sure, the sheer amount of rainfall Harvey dumped on Houston would result in massive flooding no matter what. But measures can be taken to make it less catastrophic. When developers destroy wetlands, they are required to create new ones to offset the ones lost. But, according to a Texas A&M/HARC study that reviewed permits issued to local developers by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, more than half were not in compliance. Those permits required the developers to take steps to mitigate wetlands destroyed by their construction. But apparently the work was not done. Permit. Permit. Permit. Permit. Permit. Permit. Local officials and boosters love to tout Houston's relatively low housing costs. But is it cheap when we have to spend billions on flood control after the fact? Is it cheap when we factor in higher insurance costs and taxpayer-subsidized federal flood insurance repair of houses built in floodplains? And it is far, far cheaper to preserve these valuable wetlands and greenspaces than it is to build flood mitigation infrastructure later on. Houston's population is expected to grow by three to four million over the next 30 years. Are we going to continue the same policies or will we learn from our mistakes? Again? Disclosure: This cartoon was underwritten by Bayou City Waterkeeper, whose mission is to ensure the aquatic integrity of the Loser Galveston Bay watershed by focusing on the protection of wetlands and other critical habitats, advocating for adequate mitigation of lost wetland resources and enforcing all aspects of compliance with the Clean Water Act. It is based on research by The Texas Tribune/ProPublica and Bayou City Waterkeeper scientists.
     
2. Jeff Danziger  Jeff Danziger's Editorial Cartoons 2015-12-13 population growth 
Cartoonist(s): Jeff Danziger
Comic/Cartoon: Jeff Danziger's Editorial Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2015-12-13 Pub. Date: 2015-12-13
Image Number: 136668
Caption: The Party Solves Chinese Pollution Deaths. Xi Jinping. Almost 2 million Chinese workers - I mean, Chinese people die every year from air pollution! But new policy has solved the problem, we get rid of one-child policy! Now you can have many babies! Have bigger families! One Child Policy. Go ahead! Now! Have more workers! I mean, babies! Go! Go! Go! Workers?
     
3. Ann Telnaes  Ann Telnaes' Editorial Cartoons 2000-05-11 population growth 
Cartoonist(s): Ann Telnaes
Comic/Cartoon: Ann Telnaes' Editorial Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2015-12-01 Pub. Date: 2000-05-11
Image Number: 54375
Caption: India 1 Billion. Patriarchy.
     
4. Darrin Bell  Darrin Bell Editorial Cartoons 2015-10-31 population growth 
Cartoonist(s): Darrin Bell
Comic/Cartoon: Darrin Bell Editorial Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2015-10-31 Pub. Date: 2015-10-31
Image Number: 134854
Caption: One-child policy is over. Announcing: Make more workers to build more iPhones and stuff policy (crossed out). Two-child policy. M.
     
5. Joel Pett  Joel Pett's Editorial Cartoons 2014-06-12 population growth 
Cartoonist(s): Joel Pett
Comic/Cartoon: Joel Pett's Editorial Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2014-06-12 Pub. Date: 2014-06-12
Image Number: 112585
Caption: And if more people means more poverty, they can always eat cat food! Have more kids, fewer pets - Pope.
     
6. Nick Anderson  Nick Anderson's Editorial Cartoons 2011-11-01 population growth 
Cartoonist(s): Nick Anderson
Comic/Cartoon: Nick Anderson's Editorial Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2014-03-04 Pub. Date: 2011-11-01
Image Number: 72595
Caption: Global population growth. Resources.
     
7. Joel Pett  Joel Pett's Editorial Cartoons 2010-03-12 population growth 
Cartoonist(s): Joel Pett
Comic/Cartoon: Joel Pett's Editorial Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2013-06-18 Pub. Date: 2010-03-12
Image Number: 45072
Caption: National Education Standards (current). (Environmental decline) + (population growth) = . Math. U R 2 Hot!! Reading. Good old days. Now. Whatever. History. Govvermint is bad. Money = Speech. Guns = Freedom. Civics. Socialist! Political Science. Laid-off teacher. Economics.
     
8. Joel Pett  Joel Pett's Editorial Cartoons 2009-11-04 population growth 
Cartoonist(s): Joel Pett
Comic/Cartoon: Joel Pett's Editorial Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2013-04-29 Pub. Date: 2009-11-04
Image Number: 40516
Caption: Experts say there are six billion people. Experts say that we'll soon have ten billion. Experts say it will be difficult to feed them. We don't feed everyone now. You forgot "experts say."
     
9. Joel Pett  Joel Pett's Editorial Cartoons 2012-04-22 population growth 
Cartoonist(s): Joel Pett
Comic/Cartoon: Joel Pett's Editorial Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2012-04-22 Pub. Date: 2012-04-22
Image Number: 79884
Caption: The first Earth Day was 1970. There were 3.7 billion humans. Now there are 7 billion, on the way to 10 or more, most from poor countries who will want to consume like us! On the bright side, this is on recycled paper.
     
10. Signe Wilkinson  Signe Wilkinson's Editorial Cartoons 2011-11-02 population growth 
Cartoonist(s): Signe Wilkinson
Comic/Cartoon: Signe Wilkinson's Editorial Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2011-11-02 Pub. Date: 2011-11-02
Image Number: 72690
Caption: Occupy! I AM occupied! 7 Billion!
     
11. Signe Wilkinson  Signe Wilkinson's Editorial Cartoons 2011-06-14 population growth 
Cartoonist(s): Signe Wilkinson
Comic/Cartoon: Signe Wilkinson's Editorial Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2011-06-14 Pub. Date: 2011-06-14
Image Number: 62159
Caption: Go forth and multiply! God gets the U.N.'s population growth estimates… Go forth and subtract!
     
12. Ann Telnaes  Ann Telnaes' Women's  eNews Cartoons 2003-01-22 population growth 
Cartoonist(s): Ann Telnaes
Comic/Cartoon: Ann Telnaes' Women's eNews Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2008-08-08 Pub. Date: 2003-01-22
Image Number: 3730
Caption: Need contraceptives. Moderates.
     
13. Mike Luckovich  Mike Luckovich's Editorial Cartoons 2006-10-20 population growth 
Cartoonist(s): Mike Luckovich
Comic/Cartoon: Mike Luckovich's Editorial Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2006-10-24 Pub. Date: 2006-10-20
Image Number: 15056
Caption: U.S. population hit 300,000,000. Celebrity adoptions are out of control. Madonna the Latest.
     
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