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

Jake Schmidt | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Countries leave here with a sense of the various options for a new agreement in Paris and some greater clarity on how each country is preparing for their specific commitments that will be captured in this agreement. It will be a difficult negotiation, but some signs emerged this week on the potential shape of the agreement.

Climate Meeting in Lima: Setting Key Direction for New International Agreement

Jake Schmidt | Posted 01.31.2015 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The new agreement will be centered on several key issues including: (a) new emissions reduction targets that countries will commit to implement; (b) investments to support developing countries in their efforts to address climate change; and (c) tools to ensure that countries meet their commitments.

US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Global Implications

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Some commentators' logic essentially boils down to two false perspectives -- that U.S. cuts in its power sector emissions don't matter in the context of global efforts to address climate change and that the rest of the world, particularly China and India, isn't doing anything to curb their pollution. Both assumptions are wrong.

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

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.12.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

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.

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

Jake Schmidt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

There is already ample evidence that humanity isn't acting quickly enough to address climate change. The need for greater action in 2015 is obvious. And there are plenty of reasons to believe that countries can get their act together by then.

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

Jake Schmidt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Since 2007, over $59 billion of public financing has supported coal projects through funding from development banks and international financial institutions in key countries.

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

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.27.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

In 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 at home to reduce its pollution and it will take steps to help secure strong international action.

Countries Acting at Home to Address Global Warming: The Key Fight Ahead

Jake Schmidt | Posted 02.07.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Some of these battles have been won this year, but more confronts us. Here are some examples of actions by key countries and why it is critical that we succeed on these efforts in the next few years.

Global Warming Is Already Causing Loss of Life and Damage to the Economy Around the World: New Report

Jake Schmidt | Posted 12.01.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

From devastating floods in China and the Philippines to droughts in Africa, the same extreme weather patterns that have hit the United States have impacted locations around the world. This is the face of global warming.

Former President of the Maldives Tells the Story of a Vulnerable Country (With Hints for All of Us)

Jake Schmidt | Posted 06.06.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

If you are the leader of a small island state -- like the Maldives -- and every day you are faced with the threats posed by global warming what would you do?

Important Progress At Global Warming Negotiations In Durban; Major Work Ahead

Jake Schmidt | Posted 02.12.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The agreements reached in South Africa make important progress, but much more work lies ahead to address global warming. Here is a quick overview of what was agreed and what it means:

To Begin to Negotiate a New Legal Agreement or Not?

Jake Schmidt | Posted 02.04.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Each country can make strong shifts which will ensure that Durban defines a clear mandate to negotiate a new legally binding agreement in the immediate future. Let's hope they take this opportunity and help the world move forward to address global warming.

Video Blog, Durban Day 4 - Countries Starting to Draw Lines in the Sand

Jake Schmidt | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The U.S. must show leadership by helping craft a path to get a new legal agreement, not throw up barriers at the outset. They need to ensure that they aren't allergic to the meal that is served, but they can't demand that everything on the menu meet their tastes at the outset.

What Must Global Warming Negotiations in South Africa Accomplish?

Jake Schmidt | Posted 01.23.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

In Durban, countries must be able to "walk and chew gum," while starting to sprint towards solutions that deliver low-carbon energy and reduced deforestation.

Cancun Agreements: Building a Foundation for Greater Environmental Action

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The countries that gathered in Cancun made progress on emissions reductions, greater transparency, forest preservation and the creation of the green fund. But we aren't done yet.

Improving Accuracy and Accountability in the International Global Warming Agreement

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Having a strong, credible, and transparent system for tracking greenhouse gas emissions and the actions of a country is an essential building block of an effective international system to address global warming.

Important Actions Can be Accomplished at Global Warming Negotiations in Mexico

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

If you believe, as I do, that real action can occur without a "binding" agreement or having all the details completed, you'll be surprised to learn that some key things might actually be happening in Cancun.