Beijing, Smogtown & Mandarin On Our Minds

11822786_10207441487863207_8367628389245871588_nLadies and gentlemen: may we present the cover of The People’s Republic of Chemicals Mandarin language version. This edition, published by the Beijing-based Central Party School Publishing House, should be out this month. Chip was recently interviewed about it in Xinhua and the South China Morning Post, among other outlets.

The People’s Republic of Chemicals, of course, is our sequel to our critically Smogtown paperback rough cover acclaimed Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles. The paperback version of it, updated and expanded with a new chapter on the global air pollution buffeting the Third World, will be available in mid-October through The Overlook Press/Penguin Group USA. Smogtown Mandarin, distributed by Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers, has exceeded our expectations. Not only has it been a bestseller on Amazon China, but it’s notched three national awards there in 2014, including being named the country’s “Most Influential Book.”


* “China’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions May Have Been Overstated By More Than 10%”The New York Times

* China Air Pollution Kills 4,000 People A Day: ResearchersBloomberg Business

* Mapping the invisible scourge: A New Study Suggests That Air Pollution Is Even Worse Than Thought” – The Economist 

* Fear of Toxic Air and Distrust of Government Follow Tianjin BlastsThe New York Times

* “China Is Exporting Ozone Pollution To The U.S. — Which Is Only Fair” – Grist

* “California Drought: Climate Change Plays A Role, Study Says. But How Big?Los Angeles Times

* “Garcetti, Officials Release 20,000 Shade Balls Into L.A. Reservoir” – Los Angeles Daily News

* Genetically Modified Algae Could Replace Oil For PlasticScientific American 

* “This Dutch Windwheel Holds 72 Apartments And Could Power An Entire TownScience Alert