Jake Schmidt

President-elect Obama Signals He Will Restore American Leadership on Global Warming

At a global warming summit convened today in California, President-elect Obama signaled that he will make addressing global warming the high priority it deserves.  In the video statement telecast (here) to summit attendees from around the US and the world he stated: “Few challenges facing America — and the world — are more urgent than combating climate change…My presidency will mark a new chapter …

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Input from Around the World to President-elect Obama on Global Warming

This post first appeared on NRDC’s Switchboard. —————— The world is reacting to the election of President-elect Obama.  I understand that Europeans, Nelson Mandela, Kenyans, Mexico and elsewhere (to name a few) were thrilled by the opportunities presented by a change in leadership in the US and the election of Obama. As a tax-deductible, non-partisan organization, NRDC did not endorse specific candidates. But now …

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Waiting for the Airlines to Land their CO2 Emissions

This post first appeared on NRDC’s Switchboard. ——————— The European Union (EU) just finalized its plans to require that all flights to and from the EU will be required to reduce their global warming pollution. This is a long awaited plan from the EU. Starting in 2012, all flights that take-off or land in the EU will have to limit their overall emissions and …

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European Union Proposal for Addressing Global Deforestation

Cross-posted from THE ENVIRONMENTALIST. ——————– The European Commission (the Commission) just released their proposal for addressing the challenges of deforestation and forest degradation to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.  This is the long awaited Communication on the European Union’s (EU’s) proposed position on global warming emissions from deforestation in the lead-up to the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen.  The lack of a specific …

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Indonesia Moves to Certify All Wood as Sustainably Derived?

This post first appeared on NRDC’s Switchboard. —————————– Interesting developments in Indonesia on the deforestation front!  An editorial in the Jakarta Post discusses a recent announcement from the Indonesian Forestry Ministry to require forest certification.  As the editorial outlines this: bold move to require forestry companies to have their wood stocks audited throughout the supply chain to ensure the wood is derived from sustainably …

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Illegal (B)Logging and Climate Change

Illegal logging is a major problem -- causing deforestation, supporting criminal groups, etc. As my colleague Jacob Scherr highlights, it is also a threat to indigenous communities. And, addressing it is an essential component of efforts to combat global warming pollution from deforestation (shhhh don't tell anyone that secret...) -- which accounts for roughly 20% of global emissions.

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