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Jake Schmidt, Director, International Program, Washington, DC

Jake Schmidt
I'm the Director of the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). I've been involved in climate policy development at various levels — state, US national, Europe, developing countries, and international negotiations — for over fourteen years. At NRDC I direct a team of experts and partners working on climate change, clean energy, biogems, and sustainable development in India, Latin America, Canada, and at the international level. I work closely with NRDC’s China team, as well as help coordinate NRDC’s international efforts to tackle the challenges of health, oceans, and wildlife. I lead NRDC's policy development and advocacy on international climate change, including through the climate negotiations and direct work with key countries around the world. Follow me on twitter @jschmidtnrdc.

Recent Posts

Why we have grave environmental concerns about "fast track" trade authority

Posted April 20, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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A "fast track" trade bill was just introduced that would expedite approval of two massive trade agreements. We know enough about these pending trade agreements - one between the U.S. and eleven other countries and the other with the European...continued

US Can and Must Rise to the Global Challenge of Climate Change

Posted April 17, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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We have a responsibility to protect our children and future generations from the effects of climate change by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants. This can be done in a manner that protects public health, spurs job...continued

Broad support for the US climate change commitment-Update

Posted April 1, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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This post was co-written by Han Chen from NRDC. Yesterday, the White House submitted its formal proposal to cut U.S. emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. In an earlier post I discussed the implications this commitment would...continued

New U.S. Climate Target is Achievable and Sends an Important Signal to the World

Posted March 31, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Today the U.S. formally proposed that it would cut its emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This emission reduction target shows a commitment to strong action from the U.S. to cut its carbon pollution and sends a powerful...continued

Next Step on Road to Climate Agreement in Paris Wraps Up in Geneva

Posted February 13, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Today countries wrapped up the first climate negotiation session of 2015 as they work to finalize a new international legal agreement in Paris later this year. The negotiations this week in Geneva were aimed at turning ideas into the beginning...continued

President Obama Proposes Important Investments in International Climate Action

Posted February 12, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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President Obama's budget request includes critical investments in international climate action. The budget includes continued investments in the earlier mechanisms for supporting action to help developing countries reduce their emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. And, for...continued

U.S. Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions

Posted January 20, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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The U.S. and eleven other countries are in the final stages of a trade agreement - the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - that would, if completed, be the biggest trade agreement in recent history. It would cover countries accounting for...continued

Countries know they have to be bold and ambitious next year: Lima negotiations set that in motion

Posted December 14, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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The international climate negotiations have just wrapped up in Lima, Peru. This meeting was to set key directions for the new international climate agreement in next December in Paris. In Paris countries are to agree on a new international...continued

Progress at Climate Negotiations in Lima, More Work for Ministers

Posted December 8, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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Negotiators have spent the last week in Lima, Peru trying to lay the foundation for a strong agreement next year in Paris. Unfortunately we have gone through the normal routine of foot dragging and posturing from some countries. As Ministers...continued

Climate Meeting in Lima: Setting Key Direction for New International Climate Agreement in Paris

Posted December 1, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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In December 2015 at a high-level meeting in Paris, countries are to agree on a new international climate agreement that will require much deeper action by all countries. For the next two weeks, countries are beginning another round of climate...continued

US Financial Support of Green Climate Fund is in America's Interest

Posted November 20, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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The U.S. and other countries have pledged initial resources to help the Green Climate Fund (GCF) spur emissions reductions in developing countries and assist the most vulnerable in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledge of $3...continued

China and US Make Important Commitment to Deep Climate Targets

Posted November 13, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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Chinese President Xi and President Obama just made a huge announcement. They committed to even deeper cuts in their climate pollution than many expected was achievable just a few short years ago. They specified targets that clearly signal that both...continued

U.S. Can Still Implement Strong International Climate Actions

Posted November 7, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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A lot of policymakers and commentators are speculating about what this week’s elections will mean for U.S. efforts to address climate change at home and abroad. The shift in control of the U.S. Senate means that GOP leaders will likely...continued

China Evolving to Coal Consumption Peak & Strong Climate Commitments

Posted November 5, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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Working on international climate change issues over the years I’ve seen the debate shift profoundly in several ways. One of the key shifts is the perception that countries like China aren’t doing anything on climate change – a relic of...continued

Europe takes first step towards Paris agreement: Commits to next round of emissions cuts

Posted October 24, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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The European Union has agreed to an additional package of measures to address climate change as they become the first country to announce their post-2020 climate targets in advance of the Paris agreement next December. Europe agreed to cut their...continued

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