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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 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

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

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