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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

Ending the $73 Billion in Public Financing for Overseas Coal Projects

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 9:53 AM

Under The Rug~NRDC-OCI-WWF~Jun 2015 Cover.pngCountries -- particularly the G20 and G7 groups of countries -- have made repeated commitments to both fight climate change and end fossil fuel subsidies, yet billions of dollars' worth of government support continues to flow towards...

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Catalyzing Major Climate Actions By All Key Players Around the World This Year

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 11:14 AM

Progress on climate change can seem depressingly slow -- especially to young people full of energy and expectation. But look closer, resist the tug of hopelessness, and you can see progress everywhere. Clean energy is both technically and economically viable, and it's challenging dirty energy around the world. Key major...

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Why We Have Grave Environmental Concerns About 'Fast-Track' Trade Authority

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 4:37 PM

A "fast-track" trade bill that would expedite approval of two massive trade agreements was just introduced. We know enough about these pending trade agreements -- one between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific countries and the other with the European Union -- to reject efforts to put them on a...

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New U.S. Climate Target Is Achievable and Sends an Important Signal to the World

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 4:14 PM

US flag & wind turbine.pngToday the U.S. formally proposed that it would cut its emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This emissions reduction target shows a commitment to strong action from the U.S. to cut its carbon pollution...

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Next Step on Road to Climate Agreement in Paris Wraps Up in Geneva

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 9:01 AM

Today countries wrapped up the first climate negotiation session of 2015 as they work to finalize a new international legal agreement in Paris later this year. The negotiations this week in Geneva were aimed at turning ideas into the beginning details of a final legal agreement. Countries leave here with...

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Lima 2014: Countries Know They Have to Be Bold and Ambitious Next Year

(2) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 12:49 AM

The international climate negotiations have just wrapped up in Lima, Peru. This meeting was to set key directions for the new international climate agreement in next December in Paris. In Paris countries are to agree on a new international climate agreement that will...
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Climate Meeting in Lima: Setting Key Direction for New International Agreement

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 3:18 PM

In December 2015 at a high-level meeting in Paris, countries are to agree on a new international climate agreement that will require much deeper action by all countries. For the next two weeks, countries are beginning another round of climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru. This is the last high-level...

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China and US Make Important Commitment to Deep Climate Targets

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Chinese President Xi and President Obama just made a huge announcement. They committed to even deeper cuts in their climate pollution than many expected was achievable just a few short years ago. They specified targets that clearly signal that both countries are prepared to be bold and ambitious. These commitments...

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China Evolving to Coal Consumption Peak and Strong Climate Commitments

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Working on international climate change issues over the years I’ve seen the debate shift profoundly in several ways. One of the key shifts is the perception that countries like China aren’t doing anything on climate change – a relic of the debate almost two decades ago – to a new...

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U.S. Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 9:57 AM

Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministers Meet in Brunei | Les ministres du Partenariat transpacifique se rencontrent à Brunéi

The U.S. and eleven other countries...

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Europe Takes First Step Towards Paris Agreement: Commits to Next Round of Emissions Cuts

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 2:14 PM

The European Union has agreed to an additional package of measures to address climate change as they become the first country to announce their post-2020 climate targets in advance of the Paris agreement next December. Europe agreed to cut their emissions domestically by more than forty percent by 2030. This...

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Climate Summit Focuses Leaders on the Work Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 12:57 PM

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 didn’t put us on the path to solve climate change...

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Leaders Can and Must Rise to the Challenge to Confront Climate Change

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 3:15 PM

PCM Future Generatiions will be counting on us.jpgNext week over 125 heads of government will convene in New York City to outline actions that they are prepared to take...

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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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