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

Wrapping up Climate Week, G20 Outcome & on to Bangkok

Well “climate week” has just wrapped up with the conclusion of the G20 summit in Pittsburgh.  This week was an important one to build international and US momentum for addressing global warming pollution (as I discussed here).   As I discussed here and my colleague discussed here, some positive steps emerged this week on the international and US front.  I won’t recap them here but every bit of momentum is essential if we are going to be able to seize the opportunity (the statement of NRDC’s President available here gives the broad overview of this week).  We need all machines …

On to the steel city

Seizing the opportunity: reflections from the U.N. Climate Summit

Climate week began with world leaders participating in a full day of discussions on global warming. Over 100 world leaders were in attendance-the largest gathering of world leaders on global warming and the first in many respects. The leaders of a number of the key countries provided remarks. Yesterday’s events were intended to give a much needed injection of energy to the final stretch of the international negotiations to secure a new agreement in Copenhagen this December. Remember, there are five key building blocks for the agreement that emerges from Copenhagen so we need to watch what details are filled …

Some Rays of Hope for Global Efforts

Important week for global warming

Today begins a week dubbed because of all the high-level climate discussions that are occurring.  And they just all happen to be occurring in the U.S. at an important time for the domestic debate to pass a clean energy and climate bill in the Senate. The high-level events begin on Tuesday (Sept. 22) with the U.N. Secretary General hosting an all day session on global warming for Heads of Government from around the world, it continues with a session on deforestation for Heads of Government on Wednesday (Sept. 23), and ends with the G20 Summit in Pittsburg — with a …

Sterny Likes It!

Obama administration comes out in support of key international provisions in climate bill

Todd Stern the Special Envoy for Climate Change, just testified before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming on: The Road to Copenhagen and International Climate Agreement. His testimony (available here [pdf]) and response to several questions for the first time publicly stressed the importance of the three international investment provisions in the House clean energy and global warming bill passed this past June: Deforestation reduction program — sets aside 5 percent of the allowance value to supporting reductions in deforestation emissions; Clean energy export provision — sets aside 1 percent of allowance value (increasing over time) …

Beginning the Great Leap

Four ways the U.S. & China can start cooperating now to tackle climate change

This post is from my colleague Barbara Finamore (Director of our China Program).  It is a set of important first steps that China and the U.S. could undertake to help reduce global warming pollution.  Moving these two countries together will be critical to securing a strong global commitment in Copenhagen.  And there have been some important signs from China that they might be poised for a serious step to address global warming (as I discussed here). ——————————— The recent high-profile visits to China by leading members of Congress and the Obama administration have made it clear that China and the U.S. are taking …

Does it add up?

South Korea outlines a range of global warming reduction targets that they’ll adopt

For over a year now, South Korea has been undertaking an extensive dialogue to establish a target to cut their global warming pollution (see my discussion here and this ClimateWire story –sub req.– from last year). And now the South Korean government has outlined the possible targets that they will commit to later this year (as reported by Reuters.) The South Korean government has just announced that later this year they’ll commit to one of three absolute target levels for their emissions in 2020: 8% increase from 2005 levels; Hold at 2005 levels; and 4% below 2005 levels. South Korea’s …

Making heads or tails of it

Global warming commitments at the G8 and the major economies forum in Italy

If you haven’t been in Italy you might not have realized it, but two events just occurred there in which leaders of the 17 largest-emitting countries tried to make progress in the run-up to the Copenhagen climate talks this December.  The first event was the annual Group of Eight (G8) meeting, which brings together the eight largest industrialized countries and now regularly has global warming on the agenda (as I discussed last year). The second was the “Leaders Summit” of the Major Economies Forum (which I also covered), which brings together the world’s 17 largest emitting countries. The G8 declaration …

“Two Degrees” of Separation

Obama needs to outline his yardstick on global warming

A coalition of major U.S. groups called for the Obama admin to outline its global warming "yardstick." How will the administration measure our efforts?

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U.S. is starting to make a down payment on funding international climate change efforts

This past Wednesday (June 17, 2009) the Appropriations Subcommittee of the House of Representatives that has jurisdiction over the international global warming pieces of President Obama’s budget passed a bill that supported increasing US commitments to these needed efforts. The funding will make a “down payment” in helping developing countries deploy clean energy, reduce global warming pollution from tropical deforestation, and support adaptation in the most vulnerable populations around the world. Funding this “down payment” is critical as it provides a bridge to the significant source of funding that could come for these activities through the US clean energy and …

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