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Entries Tagged as 'environmental policy'

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

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

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

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