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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

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

Beijing & Notable Book News, Miscellany & More

July 31st, 2015 · No Comments

  Stuff I just learned abroad: * The Mandarin Version of SMOGTOWN: THE LUNG-BURNING HISTORY OF POLLUTION IN LOS ANGELES, was voted in 2014, the “Most Influential Book in China, the Best (Translated) Book, and an official National Library Recommended Book. More details about these commendations as they become available. Our house there is Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers. A […]

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Tags: Beijing · California · China · Chip Jacobs · Free trade implications · global warming · globalization · greenhouse gases · Rare Bird Books · Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers · The People's Republic of Chemicals · Uncategorized

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

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

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

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

Save the EPA from Republican bomb-throwers with a Smogtown Op-Ed in the NY Times, and other green news

August 25th, 2011 · No Comments

* A snippet from my editorial in today’s New York Times “Room for Debate” online roudtable about whether Republican presidential candidates calling for the EPA’s dissolution have a point or are just giving red-meat to a fatigued, job-hungry people: ” … In national politics, California may be seen as Exhibit A for over-regulating the environment. […]

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Tags: California · Chip news · chromium-six · environment · environmental policy · global warming · groundwater pollution · Nixon · Smogtown · Smogtown book · Uncategorized

Smogtown set for e-book for Kindle and other mobile devices August 23. It’s a helluva, brown story for a warming age.

August 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Click here at amazon.com and let the journey begin Some reasons to download it: * Named one of 2008′s best environmental books by Booklist magazine * Awarded silver medals at The Green Book Festival and Independent Book Publishers (IPPY) Awards. Winner of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature from Santa Monica. * Reviews “[A] remarkably […]

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Tags: American history · California · Chip Jacobs · Chip news · environment · environmental policy · global warming · Historical serendipity meets calamity · L.A. Transportation Matters · Los Angeles History · Smogtown · Smogtown book · Urban renewal