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STRANGE AS IT SEEMS: THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE OF GORDON ZAHLER – ON THE LAUNCHPAD

January 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

I’ll have plenty to say, post and blather about this one in the months to come. For now, Gordon up.   FROM THE DUST COVER: The life of Gordon Zahler was simply so miraculous that it might as well have been science fiction.  Born into an entertainment family in suburban Los Angeles in the mid-1920s, Zahler […]

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Chip’s Q&A In The South China Morning Post: “How The US And The West Contributed To China’s Addiction To Dirty Development”

November 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Los Angeles-based author Chip Jacobs became well known in China for his book, Smogtown, about  pollution in the Californian metropolis, which he co-authored with William Kelly. The pair have now turned their attention to China’s struggle with pollution in their book, The People’s Republic of Chemicals. Jacobs spoke to LI JING What are the root causes of China’s […]

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Smogtown (and PRC) Stay Ever-Green in their Tales of Searing, Brown Climates

November 4th, 2015 · No Comments

And it’s both thrilling and depressing.  – From environmental writer/professor/activist Jon Christensen in LA Observed’s piece: “From ‘Smogtown’ to Model for the World?”  “It’s a tantalizing idea, isn’t it?” Jacobs responded when I asked him what he thinks of California as an example. It’s true, he said, that Chinese officials have been visiting California for […]

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Tags: atmospheric karma · Beijing · California · Chip news · climate chaos · environment · environmental catastrophe · environmental policy · global warming · Penguin Random House · People's Republic of Chemicals · Rare Bird Books · Smogtown · The Overlook Press

News and Notes from a Broiling Planet

October 30th, 2015 · No Comments

  * 2015 Likely to Be Hottest Year Ever Recorded – The New York Times * China Confronts the Pain of Kicking its Coal Addiction - Washington Post * Atmospheric chemistry: China’s choking cocktail – Nature * Apple Announces Factory Upgrades In Plan To Help China Reduce Air Pollution– Huffington Post * New Megalopolis a Fresh Chance to Clean China’s Skies, Report Says – Wall Street Journal * IBM’s Watson […]

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Tags: Al Gore · Beijing · Clean Air Act · environment · environmental catastrophe · environmental policy · EPA · global warming · globalization · greenhouse gases · groundwater pollution · Penguin Group USA · People's Republic of Chemicals · Pollution exporting · Toxic riots · toxic smog · Transpacific Drift

Mandarin and Paperback Writers On Our Minds

August 20th, 2015 · No Comments

  Ladies and gentlemen: may we present a few covers for you. The People’s Republic of  Chemicals Mandarin language version is the one on your left. This edition, published by the Beijing-based Central Party School Publishing House, should be out soon. Chip was recently interviewed about it in Xinhua and the South China Morning Post, among other outlets.  The […]

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Tags: California · Central Party School Publishing House · Chip Jacobs · greenhouse gases · Penguin Group USA · People's Republic of Chemicals · Rare Bird Books · Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers · Smogtown book

Foreword Reviews: Book is “Outstanding,” Garners 5 Heart Critique

November 21st, 2014 · No Comments

The rapid industrialization of the world’s most populous nation has far-reaching effects for the world’s environment and economy, and in The People’s Republic of Chemicals, journalists William J. Kelly and Chip Jacobs detail how extreme China’s pollution problem has become. The authors do a nice job of mixing firsthand journalism with history and using a reporting […]

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Booklist awards “The People’s Republic of Chemicals” a starred review. Breathe it in while you can.

November 15th, 2014 · No Comments

* BOOKLIST magazine awards our sequel to Smogtown, The People’s Republic of Chemicals, a starred review!: The Smogtown (2008) authors return with a look at China’s air pollution problem, and it is a doozy. Combining a crash-course history lesson that includes everyone from Confucius to Chairman Mao with a withering rant about the country’s nonexistent environmental policies, Kelly and Jacobs give readers everything they […]

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Tags: Clean Air Act · climate chaos · Dirty environmental deals · environment · environmental catastrophe · environmental policy · EPA · Free trade implications · globalization · greenhouse gases · groundwater pollution · Pacific Ocean · People's Republic of Chemicals · Pollution exporting · Smoggy China · Smogtown book

Los Angeles – Beijing – People Get Ready!

November 1st, 2014 · No Comments

* More terrific, early reviews for The People’s Republic of Chemicals, which goes on general sale in two weeks. – Booklist magazine awards our sequel to Smogtown a starred review in a humdinger of a critique that we have to embargo for now. Check back soon to read what they say, because it’s incisive. – Kirkus […]

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Smogtown Goes to China, arguably civilization’s most polluted nation ever, and Opens Some Bloodshot Eyes.

June 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Our book, Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles (The Overlook Press/Penguin Group U.S.A.) was released in November 2008, just as the U.S. economy began to crater towards the Great Recession or worse. Despite that horrific timing, the book garnered critical success, but still came up a wee bit short of our expectations. […]

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So Many People, So Much Murk & Karma – the People’s Republic of Chemcials

March 31st, 2014 · No Comments

* Chip discusses his forthcoming book, The People’s Republic of Chemicals, and global smog on National Public Radio affiliate KCRW. Madeleine Brand, who hosts the “Press Play” show, had some terrific questions. * Speaking of The People’s Republic of Chemicals, here’s the working dust-jacket description. It and our author bios will be updated soon. Maverick environmental writers William J. Kelly […]

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