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Liza Donnelly
Liza Donnelly creates original cartoons for Moms Clean Air Force, an organization fighting air pollution as a children’s health issue. Liza is a public speaker and has spoken at TED , the United Nations, and The New Yorker Festival, among many other places. Liza has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC and BetterTV, and has been profiled on radio and in numerous magazines, newspapers and online. She is a staff cartoonist with The New Yorker Magazine. When she first began selling to The New Yorker in 1979, she was the youngest and one of only three cartoonists who were women. Liza’s cartoons and commentary can be seen on various websites: CNN, HuffingtonPost, Salon, Daily Beast, WomensEnews, Narrative Magazine. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, and her cartoons have been exhibited around the world. Her most recent book is When Do They Serve The Wine? The Folly, Flexibility and Fun of Being a Woman (2010, Chronicle Books). Liza is at work on a new book, titled Women On Men. Find more about Liza at

Entries by Liza Donnelly

New Yorker Cartoonist Live Tweets the State of the Union

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 1:01 PM

We all need to laugh! So when Moms Clean Air Force was told Florida Field Manager, Nicole Hernandez Hammer was invited as a personal guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union, I was asked to Live Tweet the event. I often draw political...

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Cars Exhaust the Air

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 3:01 PM


The guys over at Car Talk tell me:

Burning one gallon of gas creates 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, and the average car emits about six tons of carbon dioxide every year.

Could this be why electric car sales are...

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Don't Frack the Playground

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 8:04 PM


Fracking is sparking debate across the country. Have you seen the latest movie about a gas company going into a rural small town in Pennsylvania to extract natural gas from shale rock that exists deep below the ground, Promised Land? Scary stuff.

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The Big Chill

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 3:38 PM


The freezing cold weather that's gripped the Northeast has some scratching their heads about climate change. But Dr. Heidi Cullen, chief climatologist for Climate Central tells us, "People look to weather for cues about what's going on. Climate change stacks the deck...

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Lady Liberty Is Drowning

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 6:18 PM


I can't help but ask, How many incredibly destructive weather events have there been in the U.S. in the last few years?

People died. Homes were destroyed. Our beaches are disappearing, tidal surges are more common. I have lived a good...

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Breast Cancer and Naptime Activism

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 5:02 PM


Breast Cancer Awareness Month always makes me think of a few friends. Friends who have struggled with the disease, and those who have loved ones who have lost their lives to breast cancer. Unlike the woman I drew in this cartoon, I have not...

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What I Did This Summer That Didn't Require My Inhaler

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 9:26 AM



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Sweet Smell of Summer

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 4:02 PM



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What Goes Up Must Come Down

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 12:20 PM


Going to the beach in summer is a happy tradition for a lot of people. This year, the beach may be the only reprieve from the heat. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has just confirmed what you may...

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Dirty, Deadly Soot

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 7:43 PM


Kids get dirty. But recently, I learned about a new type of dirt that is particularly harmful to children. It's called soot. Soot causes health problems because we breathe in the particle pollution, which is too small to be expelled...

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Ban Fireworks?

(12) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 9:30 PM


What's not to love about 4th of July fireworks? Apparently, there's a few issues that cause me to pause and wonder what else we're shooting up into the sky. Issues? According to this post, "Fireworks contain a nasty concoction of toxic chemicals,...

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Tuna Shopping

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 5:22 PM


I feel grocery shopping is a real chore, particularly when one has very young kids in tow. To add to the chore, parents need to be diligent and read labels carefully because not all store managers think to carry the healthiest foods for our...

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Something's Unnatural in the Air

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 2:27 PM


Don't you hate advertisements? Even going to the beach for a quiet day with your daughter doesn't bring relief from people trying to sell you stuff. The worst is when large companies try to tell you they are doing the right thing,...

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Just Clean Air, Mommy

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 5:09 PM


I am not a big fan of Mother's Day because it has become too commercial. Why buy things Mom doesn't need? The day can be made meaningful, especially if we choose to break away from the norm. How about a symbolic gift, like the...

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Breastfeeding Diet

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 3:38 PM


For me, one of the things that was so great about being pregnant was that you could eat a lot. While pregnant, I worried some about what I should or shouldn't eat; this was not the time of our mothers, when smoking and drinking...

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Women's World

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 1:19 PM


It's no secret women carry the world on their shoulders. I suggest that women are the ones who literally keep the world working, on the ground making sure that the family is fed and the business runs on time. Women do it all --...

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If Fish Could Talk...

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 6:07 PM


I've been thinking about fish a lot lately. What prompted me to do this cartoon was hearing a news story that included a new study that found some pregnant women in central Brooklyn, N.Y. had enough mercury in their systems to land...

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A Carbon Emissions Solution

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 5:45 PM


A few months ago, I was fortunate to be able to take a ride in an electric car. It was incredible, so simple. As I sat down to draw a cartoon this week, I was thinking about that ride and about car...

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