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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

Overdue Spring Cleaning

April 17th, 2015 · No Comments

THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHEMICALS  I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be speaking this July in Beijing at the first-ever China US Clean Air Symposium  Al Gore will be the keynote speaker, and there are other remarkable talents and experts lined up behind him. Excited beyond belief to share our message in the country that will […]

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Tags: Beijing · Chip Jacobs · environment · environmental policy · global warming · premature deaths · Rare Bird Books · Smogtown book · The People's Republic of Chemicals · toxic landscape · Water contamination · William J. Kelly

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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Tags: Bill Clinton · California · Chip Jacobs · climate chaos · Dirty environmental deals · environmental catastrophe · environmental policy · EPA · global warming · globalization · greenhouse gases · groundwater pollution · Historical serendipity meets calamity · People's Republic of Chemicals · Politics · Pollution exporting · Smoggy China · Smogtown book · Societal Disenchantment · Soil contamination · The People's Republic of Chemicals · Toxic riots · Transpacific Drift

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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Tags: Al Gore · atmospheric karma · Cancer · Chip Jacobs · Chip news · Clean Air Act · climate chaos · Dirty environmental deals · environmental catastrophe · environmental policy · EPA · global warming · globalization · greenhouse gases · People's Republic of Chemicals · Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers · smog gumshoes · Smoggy China · Smogtown book

The People’s Republic of Chemicals … the antecedents

March 13th, 2014 · No Comments

* From Bill’s second of three articles in advance of the book for Inside Climate News. China’s plans to build remote industrial coal complexes to power its economy are putting the country on a   trajectory to wipe out global gains in tackling climate change, scientists fear. But other nations share responsibility for China’s fossil fuel binge and the toxic air […]

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Tags: Al Gore · American multinationals · atmospheric karma · Bill Clinton · Cancer · Chip news · climate chaos · Dirty environmental deals · environment · environmental catastrophe · EPA · Free trade implications · global warming · globalization · greenhouse gases · People's Republic of Chemicals · Pollution exporting · Silent Spring · smog gumshoes · Smoggy China · Smogtown book · Soil contamination · Toxic riots · Transpacific Drift · Water contamination · William J. Kelly

In Advance of Our New Book, We Gotta Give the Credit to the Prophetic (Gary – that’s you!)

March 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

  The People’s Republic of Chemicals, our sequel to the critically acclaimed Smogtown, will be out this fall through Rare Bird Books. It’s a different type of Chinese environmental book, one that weaves in history, foreign occupations, “Cancer Villages,” bitter truths about Clinton-Gore globalization, toxic riots, stomach-churning health statistics and a whole lot of climate […]

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Tags: AQMD · environment · environmental policy · EPA · globalization · Pacific Ocean · People's Republic of Chemicals · Smoggy China · Smogtown book · Societal Disenchantment · Transpacific Drift

My Smogtown co-author and me talking environmental crises on China’s version of CNN International. Our sequel, centered on the Far East, will be published later this year!

January 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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Tags: California · Clean Air Act · environmental policy · EPA · Los Angeles History · Los Angeles politics · Smogtown book · Uncategorized

Fall literary news – get your reading glasses ready

October 8th, 2013 · No Comments

* Riffing off the old SNL spoof of Cuban baseball players speaking Spanglish with a microphone thrust in front of them after a big game, may I say the Southern California Book Festival “haz been berry, berry good to me.” My last book, The Vicodin Thieves: Biopsying L.A.’s Grifters, Gloryhounds and Goliaths, won first place […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · environment · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · Los Angeles politics · Smogtown book · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · Uncategorized

A long-overdue post between book deadlines – Happy 2013, where we hope to see more green than red ink and brown skies. Stay tuned for big news from the authors of Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles

December 27th, 2012 · No Comments

Some news and notes for late December: * Time to find a new EPA Administrator for Obama’s second term. NBC “Lisa Jackson is stepping down from her post as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency after a four-year term. ”I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready […]

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Tags: American history · California · Clean Air Act · environmental policy · EPA · global warming · ozone · Pacific Ocean · Smoggy China · Smogtown book · Uncategorized