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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

Paris Climate Agreement Explained: What actions did countries commit to implement?

Posted December 21, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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The Paris Agreement on climate change includes new climate commitments from all major countries and a system to track country-level progress towards these targets. One-hundred and eighty-seven countries responsible for around 97 percent of the world's climate pollution announced specific...continued

Paris Climate Agreement Explained: How will we track country progress?

Posted December 16, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Countries finalized an historic new international climate change agreement that will include new climate commitments from all major countries. More than 185 countries responsible for over 95 percent of the world's climate pollution announced specific national emissions reduction plans for...continued

Paris Climate Agreement Explained: What's in it and where is it taking us?

Posted December 12, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Countries finalized an historic new international climate change agreement that will include new climate commitments from all major countries and set in motion efforts to require deeper emissions reduction commitments from all countries over time. The agreement contains provisions to...continued

Paris Daily Digest - Dec 9: Getting into the final days

Posted December 10, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Below is the update from Wed (Dec 9) from the climate negotiations in Paris. We are getting down to the wire, but we aren't done yet!. Also make sure to check-out "Insider Journal" from NRDC's President Rhea Suh. NEW NEGOTIATING...continued

Paris Daily Digest - Dec 6: Ministerial Negotiations Begin

Posted December 7, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Below is the update from Sunday (Dec 6) from the climate negotiations in Paris. NEGOTIATIONS AT THE MINISTER-LEVEL BEGIN SUNDAY EVENING On Saturday, the text which had been negotiated in the ADP working group for several years was handed off...continued

Paris Daily Digest - Dec 5: Action Agenda Successfully Launched

Posted December 7, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Below is the update from Saturday (Dec 5) from the climate negotiations in Paris. Previous day ones are available at: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4. Also check out NRDC's President's "insider view" where she will be...continued

Paris Daily Digest - Dec 3: New Buildings & Transport Actions Announced

Posted December 4, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Below is the update from today (Dec 3) from the climate negotiations in Paris. Below is the update from today (Dec 2) from the climate negotiations in Paris. Previous day ones are available at: Day 1, Day 2, and Day...continued

Paris Daily Digest - Dec 2: French have called in seasoned diplomats

Posted December 3, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Below is the update from today (Dec 2) from the climate negotiations in Paris. Previous day ones are available at: Day 1 and Day 2. Textual negotiations moving along slowly - French want a transparent but condensed second week and...continued

Paris Daily Digest - Dec 1: Process for Strengthening targets over time is a key issue at play

Posted December 2, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Below is the update from December 1 from the climate negotiations in Paris. Check-out the picture of French President Francois Hollande and Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology touring the NGO pavilion. Process for Strengthening targets over time is a...continued

Paris Daily Digest - Nov 30: Heads of Government Set the Stage for Agreement

Posted December 2, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Here is a brief insider perspective on what is happening in Paris as countries attempt to negotiate a new international climate agreement to put us on a safer trajectory. For more on what should be in the agreement see our...continued

Key Elements of the Paris Climate Agreement - deepening international action

Posted November 25, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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World leaders will meet in Paris to finalize an international climate change agreement that will require deeper emissions reduction commitments from all countries. If all goes well, all major countries will enshrine their new climate commitments in this agreement. The...continued

Why Japan's Climate Action Deserves a Failing Grade

Posted October 22, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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We have given a "climate grade" to key countries for their climate actions and new targets in the lead-in to the Paris climate agreement. Nobody is receiving top marks - an "A+" - but some countries are receiving failing grades....continued

Why Canada gets an "F" grade for its action on climate change

Posted October 20, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Countries accounting for more than ninety percent of the world's emissions have announced new climate actions in preparation for the Paris agreement to be adopted this December. But not all of those climate action plans deserve a passing grade. In...continued

Building a global climate agreement that will work: country action by all major emitters

Posted September 29, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Almost 20 years ago opponents to climate action ran advertising campaigns throughout the US with the tagline "it's not global and it won't work". This framing still seems to pop up from policymakers and companies that want to deny the...continued

China and US commit to strengthened domestic and international climate actions

Posted September 25, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Last November, as part of the joint announcement at the APEC meeting in Beijing, China and the US agreed to new targets to cut their carbon pollution. This year the two countries are focusing on implementation of these goals, formalizing...continued

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