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Jake Schmidt
Jake Schmidt is the international climate policy director at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He blogs regularly on international climate change issues and the negotiations on NRDC's Switchboard. And he twitters at:

Entries by Jake Schmidt

US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Global Implications

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:02 PM

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 pollution in the U.S. so enacting strong rules is...

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Climate Change Damages Are Happening Now & More Severe Impacts Are Coming if We Don't Act Aggressively

(4) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 10:53 AM

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 humans are causing global warming and this changing climate...

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Key Actions to Deliver on Secretary Kerry's New Climate Policy Directive

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 11:03 AM

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. He rightly recognized that this...

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U.S. Climate Action at Home Sends a Powerful Signal to the Rest of the World

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:09 AM

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. Will his presidency be known as the moment that the...

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

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 10:38 PM

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 a new coal power plant in Pakistan -- the...

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Warsaw to World Leaders: You Have Your Work Cut Out for You

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2013 | 1:13 PM

Warsaw Final Plenary Scrum.pngThe 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...

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Too Much Public Funding Is Going Into Coal Projects in Key Countries: Preliminary Findings Show

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 1:05 AM

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 and Germany. This is an unsustainable use of public financing...

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Treasury Department to Stop Supporting U.S. Funding for Overseas Coal Projects

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 9:01 PM

The Treasury Department has released revised “coal guidelines” on how they will vote on coal projects brought to them by the development banks. A number of controversial coal projects have been approved by these banks in recent history, including some of the world’s largest coal plants. These guidelines respond to...

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US Can Meet Its Climate Targets by Implementing the President's Climate Action Plan

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 3:20 PM

The U.S. can reduce its climate pollution by implementing the actions in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. That is the finding of an official U.S. government report on progress in meeting its climate target. When President Obama released the climate action plan last June, he set out a clear benchmark...

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World Bank to Stop Funding Coal Projects

(3) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 10:10 AM

The World Bank Group has just agreed to stop funding coal projects. This is welcome news as the World Bank Group has funded almost $6 billion in coal projects over the past five years. As a part of a new energy strategy which will cover the Bank’s lending, the Bank...

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Facilitating International Climate Action through President Obama's Climate Action Plan

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 12:29 PM

Melanie Blanding for NRDCIn unveiling the U.S. National Climate Action Plan, President Obama signaled two important things that will help international efforts to address climate change – he signaled that the U.S will act...

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Break the Link Between Deforestation & Commodities: New Opportunity for Obama to Act on Climate Change

(4) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 10:49 AM

Forest Loss.pngThere is a new opportunity for the United States to curb deforestation and slow climate change. Deforestation accounts for around 15 percent of the world’s global warming pollution – so any step to address...

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US-China Agreement on Super Climate Pollutant Could Make an Important Dent on Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 5:07 AM

Over the weekend President Obama and Chinese President Xi agreed to work together to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—a “super greenhouse gas”. They agreed to work under the Montreal Protocol – the 25 year old treaty that successfully saved the ozone layer and is now working to ensure the safety and climate...

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Aviation Industry to Governments: We Want a Global Cap on Aviation Climate Pollution Adopted This Year

(4) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 2:18 PM

United Airlines 767-300The aviation industry just endorsed an agreement that they “strongly encourage” governments to adopt a single global market-based measure to cap aviation’s climate pollution at this year’s meeting of the U.N. body tasked with...

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Pedal to the Metal: Three Recommendations for the New U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Secretary Kerry is Greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping

The new Joint U.S.-China Statement on Climate Change, signed during secretary of state John Kerry’s recent trip to...

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Five Reasons We Need a New Global Agreement on Climate Change by 2015

(15) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 2:19 AM

UNFCCC Mtg Room in Bonn~April 2013.pngIn December 2011 countries agreed in Durban, South Africa to secure a new international legal agreement by 2015. This is not the first time that...

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Time for the World Bank to Stop Funding Climate Change

(9) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 3:50 PM

World Bank President Dr. Kim has spoken repeatedly about the damages that climate change will inflict on our children and grandchildren and the poorest throughout the world. This is a welcome signal that he understands the consequences of climate change, so now is the time for Dr.  Kim to lead...

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Secretary Kerry: Secure a Global Agreement to Reduce Aviation's Carbon Pollution

(38) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 8:27 AM

AeroplaneAviation is a major contributor to global warming with its pollution projected to grow significantly if left uncontrolled. With devastating droughts, floods, fires, and storms devastating communities around the world, we need all the global warming reductions...

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Aviation Global Warming Pollution Will Rise Without New Action: Study Details

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 9:54 AM

Aviation’s contribution to climate change is projected to almost triple by 2050 without any new action. Even with all the expected measures in the aviation sector, aviation’s contribution is still expected to grow and fail to meet the industry’s own stated emissions target, according to a new study. With international...

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Top Three International Climate Actions We Urge of Secretary Kerry

(12) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 2:58 PM

Addressing climate change requires action at home and abroad. That is why it is imperative that President Obama follow through on key actions at home to reduce U.S. carbon pollution. At the same time, the U.S. must play a critical role in securing strong international action to address climate change....

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