Jake Schmidt

Leadership Needed to Address Deforestation Emissions

Today, NRDC joined a diverse group of environmental, conservation, and development organizations; businesses; and leading academics in a “Call for Leadership” to address deforestation (available here and a list of partners here).  Frances Beinecke, our President, helped launch this “Call” with a speech to leading US policymakers from Congress and elsewhere at an event hosted by the group Avoided Deforestation Partners (that I wrote about …

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US Climate Change Envoy in Place and Ready to Negotiate

Yesterday, a ceremony was held at the US State Department to announce Todd Stern as the Special Envoy for Climate Change (see short bio and video of the event). As we outlined in our transition recommendations, it is crucial that President Obama appoint a climate negotiating team early in his Administration. We also suggested that the Secretary of State should play a stronger role …

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Developing Country Action on Global Warming: Speech of South African Minister

I just wrapped up an event that NRDC co-hosted with Climate Change Capital on Emerging Strategies for International Climate & Investment Policy on Capital Hill.  The event was aimed at beginning a serious discussion about how to structure international incentives to encourage greater emissions reductions in developing countries in the post-2012 agreement in Copenhagen (Dec. 2009). We had the pleasure of having Minister Marthinus …

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One Step Forward on Deforestation in Poland…But More Should Have Been Achieved

For the past week and half, climate negotiators have been trying to push forward agreement on important elements of the global efforts to address deforestation and forest degradation emissions.  We took one step forward (but unfortunately many hoped we could have taken two steps forward or more).  The draft agreement (available here) is touted as a: Deal struck on forests in climate talks by …

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Slow Progress in Poland Climate Negotiations…but Some Key Issues Emerging

The first week of the Poland Climate Negotiations has ended and progress is slow.  This isn’t a surprising outcome at this stage in negotiations.  Without the new US leadership in place and with many of the key pieces of the post-2012 international agreement likely only woven together in the “final deal” this was the anticipation as “no major breakthroughs were expected”. But, some emerging debates have …

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Poland Climate Negotiations: What to expect

We’ll I’m in Poznan, Poland for two weeks for the next round of international climate negotiations.  This session is an important “check point” as it is mid-way between the agreement in Bali (December 2007) and when the final agreement is set to be struck in Copenhagen.  This session comes on the heels of the recent session in Ghana where some progress was made and …

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Detailed Actions to Restore America’s Global Leadership on Global Warming

Restoring America’s leadership on global warming is no easy task.  US leadership has been lost over a sustained period as the current Administration has failed to make progress on global warming.  (Sadly this is time we don’t have.)  So, becoming a leader isn’t something that can be done overnight, but it will need to start from day one.  President-elect Obama has already signaled that he …

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