Jake Schmidt

“Two Degrees” of Separation: Obama Needs to Outline his Yardstick on Global Warming

Major groups the U.S. are calling on president Obama to define his "yardstick" on global warming. Many urge the president the goal should be to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep an increase in average surface temperatures as far below 2 degrees Celsius or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit as possible. Will Obama express such a definitive goal at the upcoming G8 conference?

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US 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 …

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Major Economies Meet on Global Warming – What should they decide?

Major economies are meeting to discuss climate change in the months before negotiations in Copenhagen this December. What should this talks entail to ensure effective global policies are forged to combat climate change?

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Reengaging China on Global Warming – Some Recommendations

If you’ve picked up a paper, listened to a radio program, watched a TV program, or read a policy paper on global warming recently you would surely have heard that China and the US are the two biggest sources of global warming pollution — accounting for over 40% of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.  And that the path that these two players take …

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Clearing Some Confusion on Tropical Deforestation: Is the future that bad?

In a recent New York Times article New Jungles Prompt a Debate on Rain Forests, some confusion arose on the need to stop the loss of tropical deforestation (or at least that is the way I read the article). We provided a comment in response and I recently asked one of the other Smithsonian researchers in the article a couple of questions. Our response …

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