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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

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

Posted November 20, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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 in Greening China, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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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 in Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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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 in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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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 in Solving Global Warming

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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

International Climate News October: Hints for Paris Emerge at Climate Summit, NRDC releases new Indian reports, & more

Posted October 17, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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400,000 PEOPLE DEMAND ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH THE PEOPLES CLIMATE MARCH The turnout for the peoples climate march was massive and historical by all standards. 400,000 people came, marched and demanded action on climate change in New York. The...continued

Climate Summit Focuses Leaders on the Work Ahead for Paris & Highlights Important New Dynamics

Posted September 26, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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The Climate Summit in New York brought together world leaders from over 125 countries, leading companies, 400,000 citizens demanding climate action, and other leading policymakers. After all that, it is hard to decipher the final impact. While the Summit clearly...continued

Leaders Can and Must Rise to the Challenge to Confront Climate Change

Posted September 19, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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Next week over 125 Heads of Government will convene in New York City to outline actions that they are prepared to take now and in the future to address climate change. This isn’t the first time that leaders have engaged...continued

Emerging Consensus on Next Round of International Action on Climate Change

Posted June 16, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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Another round of preparatory negotiations for the Paris 2015 climate agreement have concluded in Bonn, Germany. Each session always brings its ups and down, disagreements over a procedural issue, and a bit of posturing (after all this is a negotiation)....continued

US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Global Implications

Posted June 3, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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The Obama Administration announced the single most important thing the U.S. can do right now to fight climate change – enact strong carbon pollution standards for America’s power plants. These power plants are the largest single source of uncontrolled climate...continued

New Global Fund to Help Combat Climate Change Open for Business

Posted May 23, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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The Board of the Green Climate Fund – the new multilateral fund to support developing countries in efforts to address climate change – finalized its overarching business model so that countries can begin to direct resources through the fund. The...continued

Furthering International Climate Finance: Finalizing Some Key Threshold Issues for the Green Climate Fund

Posted May 16, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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Countries will meet next week to take further steps to advance key threshold issues for the Green Climate Fund. The Fund was a key component of the agreements reached in Copenhagen in 2009 as it could help mobilize significant resources...continued

International Climate News April '14: China makes major reforms to its environmental law, data on 2013 global clean energy deployment

Posted May 6, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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Below is a compilation of climate change and clean energy news from around the world. This compilation includes stories from April 2014. You can sign-up to receive these compilations in your email inbox. CHINA SIGNIFICANTLY STRENGHTENS ITS ENVIRONMENTAL LAW China’s top legislature...continued

International Climate News Mar '14: deforestation progress, 2013 global clean energy data, & more

Posted April 1, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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Below is a compilation of climate change and clean energy news from around the world. This compilation includes stories from March 2014. You can sign-up to receive these compilations in your email inbox. DEFORESTATION: MAJOR BRANDS MAKING PALM OIL COMMITMENTS Major brands...continued

Climate Change Damages are Happening Now & More Severe Impacts are Coming if We Don't Act Aggressively: Key Findings from IPCC report

Posted March 31, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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The climate science community released its second new consensus report documenting the impacts of climate change in communities around the world, both now and in the future. This report follows on the heels of the earlier report that found that...continued

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