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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

South Korea Announces Climate Target in Advance of Paris Climate Agreement

Posted June 30, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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South Korea has just proposed a target to cut their emissions in 2030 as a part of their international commitment for the climate agreement to be reached this December in Paris. As the seventh largest emitter in the world they...continued

China's new 2030 climate target will contribute to a lower and earlier emissions peak for China and the world

Posted June 30, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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China formally submitted its climate pledge for the post-2020 period in preparation for the new international climate agreement to be finalized this December in Paris. A number of these details were announced as part of the US-China climate agreement last...continued

More action emerging and more needed: Six months until new international climate agreement in Paris

Posted June 11, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Preparatory climate negotiations have concluded in Bonn, Germany and greater clarity has emerged on the path to Paris. Countries need to pick up the pace in the final six months if we are to have the kind of international action...continued

G7 Agreement Adds Momentum to Strong Global Climate Agreement this Year

Posted June 8, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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The Group of Seven (G7) countries have sent a clear signal that they want a strong international climate agreement this year that puts the world on a much better path to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. The G7...continued

Ending the $73 Billion in Public Financing for Overseas Coal Projects: New Report

Posted June 2, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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This post was co-written by Han Chen. Countries have made repeated commitments to both fight climate change and end fossil fuel subsidies - particularly the G20 and G7 group of countries. And yet, billions of dollars' worth of government support...continued

Catalyzing Major Climate Actions by All Key Players around the World this Year

Posted May 28, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Progress on climate change can seem depressingly slow--especially to young people full of energy and expectation. But look closer, resist the tug of hopelessness, and you can see progress everywhere. Clean energy is both technically and economically viable, and it's...continued

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

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