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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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Tags: Chip Jacobs · climate chaos · Day of the Lust · Ed Wood Jr. · environment · environmental catastrophe · Family matters · global warming · globalization · Gordon Zahler · Gordon's big ideas · Hollywood · Hollywood post production · Los Angeles politics · People's Republic of Chemicals · Pure Inspiration · Quadriplegia · Showbiz Legends · Smoggy China · Smogtown · Strange As It Seems

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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Tags: Al Gore · atmospheric karma · Beijing · Bill Clinton · Chip Jacobs · Dirty environmental deals · environment · environmental catastrophe · Free trade implications · global warming · globalization · greenhouse gases · groundwater pollution · People's Republic of Chemicals · Rare Bird Books · Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers · Smogtown · The People's Republic of Chemicals · Toxic riots · toxic smog

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

Summer Readings, Plaudits and Coming Attractions

July 13th, 2015 · No Comments

* “Bailing Out the Earth: 10 Books that Propose Solutions to Climate Change”: The People’s Republic of Chemicals makes the cut! “ “So many science fiction novels depict humans of the future seeking out new worlds after having nearly destroyed the earth. But where is the fiction set in the present showing people attempting to save the […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · environment · Hollywood · paralysis · Smogtown · Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler · The People's Republic of Chemicals · toxic smog

End of Summer Summation … The People’s Republic of Chemicals Will Roll This Fall

August 29th, 2014 · No Comments

* With less than three months to go until the launch of The People’s Republic of Chemicals,” here’s some leg-teasing, early reviews. Many ones pending. – Five star from Clare O’Beara: the book “should make you think more about where your electronic and other goods come from, and I hope you will feel moved to […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · environment · environmental catastrophe · environmental policy · EPA · globalization · greenhouse gases · Historical serendipity meets calamity · ozone · Pacific Ocean · Smogtown · The People's Republic of Chemicals

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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Tags: AQMD · California · Chip Jacobs · Clean Air Act · environmental catastrophe · environmental policy · EPA · global warming · globalization · greenhouse gases · Overlook Press · Penguin Group USA · People's Republic of Chemicals · Pollution exporting · Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers · Smoggy China · Smogtown · Soil contamination · Water contamination

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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Tags: Al Gore · AQMD · atmospheric karma · Bill Clinton · California · Chip news · Clean Air Act · climate chaos · Dirty environmental deals · environmental catastrophe · EPA · Free trade implications · global warming · globalization · Los Angeles History · Overlook Press · ozone · Penguin Group USA · People's Republic of Chemicals · Shanghai Scientific and Technological Publishing House · Smoggy China · Smogtown · Societal Disenchantment · Transpacific Drift · Water contamination

People’s Republic of Chemicals – Preparing for liftoff

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

- Bill Kelly and I are pleased to announce that the sequel to Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles, (Penguin Group USA/The Overlook Press – 2008) will be out this fall by Rare Bird Books. The title is set. It’s The People’s Republic of Chemicals. We’re beyond excited. Also this year, Shanghai […]

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Tags: AQMD · Clean Air Act · Dirty environmental deals · EPA · global warming · groundwater pollution · Overlook Press · ozone · People's Republic of Chemicals · Shanghai Scientific and Technological Publishing House · Smoggy China · Smogtown · Societal Disenchantment

Governor Jerry Brown Can Do More to Green Up California

May 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Anyone following the listing giant we call California might have noticed that the Chicken Littles have once again hoarded the microphones for their narrative of downsized expectations. Except for taxes and pensions, few subjects leave them as screechy as the bottomless environmental ethic they blame for pushing demoralized residents out of state in search of common sense, […]

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Tags: environment · EPA · global warming · Jerry Schneiderman · Murder triangle · Smogtown · Smogtown book · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · William Burke

Holiday Season first annual point – counterpoint babble

December 20th, 2011 · No Comments

* POINT: The Ontario International Airport is worse than Los Angeles City Hall’s red-haired stepchild. It’s more akin to the deserted, forlorn cousin promised housing in a garden shed. Glad folks are just learning this. – From the L.A. Times: “After three decades of steady growth and earning a Forbes magazine nod as one of […]

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Tags: Aiport battles · AQMD · chromium-six · Clean Air Act · Dirty environmental deals · EPA · General asssignment issues · groundwater pollution · L.A. City Council · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Smogtown · Smogtown book · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler