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 tweets at: http://twitter.com/jschmidtnrdc

Key steps on global warming need to be agreed in Mexico later this year

This December, 194 countries will be in Cancun, Mexico to continue negotiations on international efforts to address climate change.  My colleagues and I are in Mexico City this week for a series of discussions with key government officials, NGOs, businesses, and members of the media so we’ve been reflecting on Cancun. The Cancun climate negotiation session (COP 16) must serve three critical functions to ensure the continued progress on international climate change efforts and to rebuild some of the trust lost during and after Copenhagen.     First, at Cancun, the international community needs to prove to countries and the world …

Are you in the clean energy race?

Energy ministers meet in U.S. to discuss clean energy

Who will lead the global race for the clean energy future?Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard via flickrThe race for the clean energy future comes to Washington, D.C. today — only symbolically if the U.S. doesn’t seize the moment. Energy ministers from 20 countries that account for over 80 percent of the world’s global warming pollution are in the U.S. to discuss how to speed up the deployment of clean energy throughout the world, as a part of the Clean Energy Ministerial. The subplot of the meeting will be which of these countries will come out sprinting and which …

Canadian bakin'

G20 leaders to meet and discuss global warming … but only a little bit

G20 leaders meet at the 2009 London summit.Photo: Downing Street via Flickr On June 26-27, leaders from the 20 largest economies will meet in Toronto, Canada, as a part of the Group of 20 summit. These countries represent 85 percent of the world’s global warming pollution and 83 percent of the world’s economic output. So with the heads of government of these powerhouse countries meeting, will climate change be on the agenda and will they make any strides in dealing with this challenge? The answers are: just barely and maybe. Climate change is just barely on the agenda as Canada …

Assessing the world

Some international findings from EPA analysis of the American Power Act

The Obama administration has just released the U.S. EPA analysis of the American Power Act and it shows that U.S. action coupled with reasonable actions by other countries will put us on a path to preventing the worst impacts of global warming.

Domestic offsets in the American Power Act: preserving the integrity?

This post was co-written with Sasha Lyutse. NRDC staff have posted assessments of a number of key elements of the Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act discussion draft. Here, we’ll take a closer look at the domestic offsets program. I’ll give a brief overview of the program, as outlined in Part D of the bill (Sec. 731-741), highlight key strengths, and discuss several areas where we believe further improvements are needed. The draft bill provides a solid foundation for an environmentally sound offset system, but there some important modifications are needed to ensure that the system meets key standards of environmental integrity. …

Deforestation reductions could save U.S. farmers, ranchers, and foresters $220 Billion

If losing one football sized area of forestland every second or the potential to stop global warming pollution equivalent to all the world’s transportation sector aren’t compelling enough reasons to support efforts to halt tropical deforestation, then here is one more reason….$$$$$.  A new report from the National Farmers Union and Avoided Deforestation Partners shows how much money could be saved in the U.S. farming and forestry sectors from efforts to halt tropical deforestation (a point I’ve discussed before).  It concludes that U.S. soybean, oilseed, beef and timber producers will see total revenue increases of $141 – $221 billion from …

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