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Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, Washington, DC

Jake Schmidt
I'm the international climate policy director at 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. At NRDC I help develop the international response to climate change and the actions in key regions of the world to deliver on that agreement, such as China, India, and Mexico.

Recent Posts

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

Secretary Kerry Makes Climate Change Top Priority in New Policy Directive: Some key actions to deliver on that policy

Posted March 12, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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Secretary Kerry has just issued his first “Policy Directive” as U.S. Secretary of State. This new directive outlines that climate change is a central issue for the State Department and directs an “all hands on deck” approach to this issue....continued

International Climate Update Feb '14: US announces domestic actions on HFCs, countries preparing for Paris 2015, new deforestation tool

Posted March 10, 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 February 2014. You can sign-up to receive these compilations in your email inbox. U.S. ANNOUNCES DOMESTIC ACTIONS ON HFCs The U.S. Environmental...continued

International Climate Update Jan '14: 4th Largest Indian state acts on energy efficiency, China coal cap, Europe climate target

Posted February 4, 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 January 2014. You can sign-up to receive these compilations in your email inbox. 4th LARGEST INDIAN STATE ADOPTS GAME-CHANGING ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDING...continued

President Obama State of the Union Address: International Climate Implications

Posted January 29, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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Addressing climate change is a key legacy issue for President Obama. His tenure is occurring when the scientific evidence on climate change is irrefutable, the imperative to act immediately is evident, and the ability to act decisively is within grasp....continued

Spending Bill Shouldn't Change U.S. Funding for Overseas Coal Projects

Posted January 15, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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The U.S. budget bill takes the right steps toward restoring health and environmental safeguards for the American people and thanks to efforts by Democratic leaders key domestic climate action isn’t curtailed. But the bill includes some wrongheaded riders. Budget negotiators...continued

International Climate Update Nov-Dec '13: Dominoes falling on public financing of coal, world leaders have their work cut out after Warsaw, & more

Posted January 13, 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 Nov-Dec 2013. You can sign-up to receive these compilations in your email inbox. DOMINOES FALLING ON PUBLIC FINANCING OF COAL PROJECTS Since...continued

Another U.S. Public Funding Institution Will Get Out of Coal Power Plants: New Export-Import Bank Guidelines Adopted

Posted December 12, 2013 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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The Board of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (U.S. Ex-Im) has just voted to shift its funding out of coal power plants. These new guidelines are very important as they close off funding from a major investor in coal projects and...continued

Pakistan Coal Power Plant to Get Public Funding: Will this be the last coal plant funded by the Asian Development Bank

Posted December 11, 2013 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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Unfortunately the Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed to fund a new coal-fired power plant, using scarce public resources to invest in more climate pollution. While the Board of the ADB approved the $900 million Jamshoro Coal-Fired Power Plant in Pakistan,...continued

China is Acting on Climate Change & the Country Can do More

Posted December 6, 2013 by Jake Schmidt in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t go to China very often. But when she does it generates a lot of attention. After all, Administrator McCarthy and the EPA are important actors in implementing President Obama’s Climate...continued

Important Test of the Overseas Coal Funding Restrictions - Pakistan Coal Power Plant Set for Vote

Posted December 5, 2013 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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The recent commitments to end public funding of overseas coal projects are set to come up for their first important test. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to vote on whether it will provide $900 million in funding  for...continued

Warsaw to World Leaders: You have your work cut out for you

Posted November 23, 2013 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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The negotiations in Warsaw, Poland have just wrapped up. World leaders have their work cut out for them, but the path is clear. Key countries must outline their proposed new emissions target for the period after 2020 before early 2015. They...continued

Way Too Much Public Funding is Going into Coal Projects in Key Countries: Preliminary Findings Show

Posted November 21, 2013 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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Since 2007, over $59 billion of public financing has supported coal projects through funding from development banks and international financial institutions in key countries. For these countries, the Japanese government is the mostly heavily invested, followed by the United States...continued

Warsaw Climate Negotiations Should Look Forward, Act Now

Posted November 19, 2013 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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This week, I've joined climate negotiators from 190 countries in Warsaw, Poland, as part of a series of annual meetings to set the stage for the 2015 Paris climate conference. Meeting on the heels of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the...continued

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