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US Financial Support of Green Climate Fund is in America's Interest

The U.S. and other countries have pledged initial resources to help the Green Climate Fund (GCF) spur emissions reductions in developing countries and assist the most vulnerable in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledge of $3...

Posted November 26, 2014    

China and US Make Important Commitment to Deep Climate Targets

Chinese President Xi and President Obama just made a huge announcement. They committed to even deeper cuts in their climate pollution than many expected was achievable just a few short years ago. They specified targets that clearly signal that both...

Posted November 15, 2014    

U.S. Can Still Implement Strong International Climate Actions

A lot of policymakers and commentators are speculating about what the recent elections will mean for U.S. efforts to address climate change at home and abroad. The shift in control of the U.S. Senate means that GOP leaders will likely try block...

Posted November 11, 2014    

China Evolving to Coal Consumption Peak and Strong Climate Commitments

Working on international climate change issues over the years I’ve seen the debate shift profoundly in several ways. One of the key shifts is the perception that countries like China aren’t doing anything on climate change – a relic of the debate...

Posted November 7, 2014    

Europe Takes First Step Towards Paris Agreement: Commits to Next Round of Emissions Cuts

The European Union has agreed to an additional package of measures to address climate change as they become the first country to announce their post-2020 climate targets in advance of the Paris agreement next December. Europe agreed to cut their...

Posted October 29, 2014    

Emerging Consensus on Next Round of International Action on Climate Change

Another round of preparatory negotiations for the Paris 2015 climate agreement have concluded in Bonn, Germany. Each session always brings its ups and down, disagreements over a procedural issue, and a bit of posturing (after all this is a...

Posted June 17, 2014    

US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Global Implications

The Obama Administration announced the single most important thing the U.S. can do right now to fight climate change – enact strong carbon pollution standards for America’s power plants. These power plants are the largest single source of...

Posted June 5, 2014    

New Global Fund to Help Combat Climate Change Open for Business

Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, Washington, DCThe Board of the Green Climate Fund – the new multilateral fund to support developing countries in efforts to address climate change – finalized its overarching business model so...

Posted May 26, 2014    

Furthering International Climate Finance: Finalizing Some Key Threshold Issues for the Green Climate Fund

Countries will meet next week to take further steps to advance key threshold issues for the Green Climate Fund. The Fund was a key component of the agreements reached in Copenhagen in 2009 as it could help mobilize significant resources to assist...

Posted May 20, 2014    

Climate Change Damages Happening Now, More Severe Impacts Coming if We Don't Act: Key Findings from IPCC Report

The climate science community released its second new consensus report documenting the impacts of climate change in communities around the world, both now and in the future. This report follows on the heels of the earlier report that found that...

Posted April 1, 2014    

Secretary Kerry Makes Climate Change Top Priority in New Policy Directive: Some Key Actions to Deliver on That Policy

Secretary Kerry has just issued his first “Policy Directive” as U.S. Secretary of State. This new directive outlines that climate change is a central issue for the State Department and directs an “all hands on deck” approach to this issue. He...

Posted March 13, 2014    

President Obama State of the Union Address: International Climate Implications

Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, Washington, DCAddressing climate change is a key legacy issue for President Obama. His tenure is occurring when the scientific evidence on climate change is irrefutable, the imperative to act...

Posted January 31, 2014