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Laughter's the Best Medicine: Comic Books to Help Joplin Kids Be Kids

A new comic book intends to help Joplin youth cope with life in a destroyed city by making them smile.

Whether created to educate students in Kabul or fight unemployment in New York City, comic books have become a go-to creative instrument for tackling serious problems. Now a team of artists is putting comic books to work in support of the young people in Joplin, Missouri affected by last month's tornadoes, which killed more than 100 people and displaced thousands.

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Video: This Is What the Link Between Climate Change and Joplin Tornadoes Doesn't Look Like

Think climate change is a hoax? Fine. But first watch this video catalog of all the recent "record-breaking" weather events.

A couple weeks ago, we chuckled and cringed and pointed you to 350.org founder Bill McKibben's tongue-in-cheek Op-ed in the Washington Post, "A link between climate change and the Joplin tornadoes? Never!"

Yesterday, Steven Thomson of Plomomedia.com released a video version of the piece that's pretty darn powerful.

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Don't Succumb to Tornado Fatigue: This Historic Disaster Is Still Unfolding

You know of the disasters that struck Tuscaloosa and Joplin. But have you heard of Piedmont, Oklahoma?

This tornado season is one for the ages. Just two days ago, I wrote the following:

It's far from over, and the 2011 tornado season is already the most destructive and deadliest in decades. From April 14 to 16, the largest tornado outbreak in world history tore across the Southeast. Two weeks later, that record was shattered by the April 25-28 Super Outbreak. Then Sunday night, the deadliest single tornado since the 1950s utterly obliterated the small Missouri city of Joplin.

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