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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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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

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

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

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

Get while it’s hot. My latest book is a collection of my top narrative and investigative articles. May I present “The Vicodin Thieves: Biopsying L.A.’s Grifters, Gloryhounds and Goliaths”

April 30th, 2013 · No Comments

  In this stories collection 23-years-in-the-making, you’ll find 29 articles on a sumptuous basket of subjects originally published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Daily News, L.A. Weekly and other publications. Hold on for the unexpected and the maddening, the heartbreaking and the mystifying. The feature, investigative and opinion pieces here by Chip Jacobs range […]

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Tags: assassination · Biltmore Hotel · Dirty environmental deals · environmental policy · EPA · Frankenheimer · General asssignment issues · global warming · groundwater pollution · Historical serendipity meets calamity · killers · L.A. Transportation Matters · L.A. Weekly · Los Angeles History · Los Angeles politics · Los Angeles real estate · murder for hire · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Paul Jacobs · Paul Schrade · Political assassinations · Political cronyism · Politics · Pure Inspiration · Quadriplegia · Redevelopment · RFK · RFK photographs · Robert F. Kennedy Jr. · Sirhan Sirhan · The Hollywood Way · The Kennedy's · Turf fights · Urban renewal · William Burke

My latest with the L.A. Times – “Chromium 6 Suspected at Disney”

September 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Air conditioning system in Burbank may be a source of water contamination. August 22, 2012 By RICHARD VERRIER AND CHIP JACOBS Federal and state regulators are investigating whether a vintage air conditioning system at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank played a role in contaminating groundwater with chromium 6, a cancer-causing heavy metal widely used in […]

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Tags: AQMD · Chip Jacobs · chromium-six · Clean Air Act · environmental policy · EPA · groundwater pollution · Hollywood · Uncategorized

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

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

Chromium-6: the threat that won’t nicely evaporate from our land and water and go quietly into the night.

March 14th, 2011 · No Comments

In fact, just the opposite seems to be happening. Though first spot-lighted as a deadly threat to human health in the early 1990s with Erin Brockovich’s crusading in the area north of Los Angeles, and then reinforced with word that the slimy, green chemical produced in manufacturing from everything from military aircraft to chrome plating […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · chromium-six · environment · environmental policy · groundwater pollution