* “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 earth today? If there isn’t much fiction, at least there’s nonfiction, written by top notch scholars and journalists, that can help us better understand what we’re doing to the planet and its atmosphere, analyze possible solutions, and lead us in the right direction.”
* Here’s the conference where Chip will speaking about L.A.’s experience digging out of its poisonous culture in a speech drawn from Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles.
“Light pollution sounds fairly harmless, and not like the heavy stuff of air pollution. However, it is a serious problem, and actually refers to the way in which city lights interfere with the visibility of dark skies. To raise awareness of the problem and to show us what we are missing out on, the Skyglow Project - brainchild of renowned timelapse artists Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic- released the mesmerising timelapse video shown below of dark skies in North America superimposed over urbanscapes in Los Angeles.”
* World is on a collision course with fossil fuels, Gov. Jerry Brown says - Los Angeles Times
“After two days of rubbing shoulders with an international collection of politicians, Gov. Jerry Brown emerged from a climate-change conference here with new partnerships in the fight against global warming. In a speech Wednesday to government officials and environmental advocates that capped his trip, the governor took aim at “troglodytes” who deny the threat of climate change, and insisted that all aspects of modern life must be scrutinized to save the planet. “We have to redesign our cities, our homes, our cars, our electrical generation, our grids — all those things,” Brown said. “And it can be done with intelligence. We can get more value from less material …”
* Coming soon: news about Chip’s latest book, Strange As It Seems: the Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler, set for release in January. (The Amazon page will be changed soon to reflect it all).