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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

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

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

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