Jake Schmidt

Look Under the Hood of the Climate Negotiations (Getting the Copenhagen Agreement Running)

The two-week global warming negotiations in Bangkok, Thailand are just wrapping up. There are five key elements to the Copenhagen Agreement (as I’ve discussed on a number of occasions): Strong leadership from developed countries with firm and aggressive emissions reductions targets in the near-term (e.g., 2020 and 2030) and strong signals that they will significantly reduce emissions in the medium-term (e.g., 2050). Willingness of …

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It’s the Little Things: Global Warming Negotiations with 21 (or so) Negotiation Days Left

You know the saying: “it’s the little things that matter”.  Well you can’t really take that saying too literally when discussing global warming pollution as it is the big things that ultimately matter such as pollution reduction cuts, assistance for developing countries in cutting emissions further, and support for the most vulnerable countries to adapt to the impacts of global warming. But the negotiations …

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Important Week for Global Warming – Some Rays of Hope for Global Efforts

Jake Schmidt, Director of International Policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council, outlines some important events this week and positive signs in the international community that helps dispel growing pessimism that not enough progress is being made to insure a positive outcome in at the Climate Conference in Copenhagen this December

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