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Why Marc Jacobson’s Research Matters for the Clean Technology Fund

The airwaves have recently been filled with advertisements heralding a plethora of clean energy technologies. GE promoted its smart grid technologies in a Wizard of Oz-themed Super Bowl ad. Vestas, the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world, has branded itself No. 1 in Modern Energy. Various groups have designed commercials touting the potential of [...]

EPA Moving on U.S. Greenhouse Gas Registry: Next Step, Global CARMA

This is a joint posting with Robin Kraft, and originally appeared on the Center for Global Development’s Global Development: Views from the Center blog Nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine whether greenhouse gases (GHGs) pose a threat to peoples’ health or welfare – the first step toward [...]

What Activists at the Capitol Power Plant Can Learn from CARMA

This post originally appeared on CGD’s Global Development: Views from the Center blog On March 2, thousands of people are expected to engage in mass civil disobedience at the coal-fired Capitol Power Plant in Washington, DC. The protest, which is expected to include NASA climate scientist Jim Hanson, author Wendell Barry, and environmentalist Bill McKibben [...]

View CARMA in Google Earth!

Browsing power plant emissions just got easier, thanks to a new version of CARMA that you can explore using Google Earth. According to Google’s site, “Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky.” This bird’s-eye view is great for comparing [...]

International coverage of CARMA 2.0 update

News of the CARMA 2.0 update appeared in US media and abroad, including in Taiwan and India. CGD Web and Media Assistant Ben Edwards collects a few excerpts in “CGD Coverage from the CARMA 2.0 Media Launch.”

CARMA 2.0 has arrived! Power sector still stuck on fossil fuel

CARMA 2.0 has arrived! And our analysis of the latest data shows that the world still has a long way to go on curbing emissions growth. Last week’s Washington Post feature on CARMA focuses on massive growth in Chinese emissions. Although pollution wasn’t big news once the Olympics started, this year China’s power sector will [...]

Carbon Capture “Vaporware” No Alternative to Real Clean Energy Technology

In the software industry, vaporware is a great new product announced by a developer, but is never released or is seriously delayed. Besides getting users’ hopes up, it can make potential customers hold off purchases of alternative solutions as they wait for the latest and greatest, which the developer swears is just around the corner. [...]

CARMA in Action: Interfaith Forum on Wise Country Power Plant

One role of CARMA is to provide information on plant and firm-level CO2 emissions to local activists trying to block new coal fired powerplants. I am involved in one such effort in Northern Virginia, where a group with the wonderful name Interfaith Power and Light (GWIPLE) is working to organize religious organizations to combat climate [...]

CARMA and CGD research in the wild

The Confronting Climate Change team at CGD is always interested to see what happens to our work once it leaves our desktops and joins the “marketplace of ideas,” fighting to make it to the top of a mountain of information on environmental issues. So we thought we’d quickly share two recent sightings from two very [...]

DNA for More API Mashups

I started writing this post thinking I’d find some other Environmental/Green-related API’s to mash up with CARMA’s data. At the moment, though, I couldn’t find many data sources that make available a comparable data set as openly as the CARMA API does. It’s disappointing, as this represents a barrier to creating really interesting applications. The bar [...]