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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

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

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

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

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

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

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