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Tata Ultra Mega Mistake: The IFC Should Not Get Burned by Coal


[This post originally appeared on the Center for Global Development’s "Views from the Center" blog.] During the last week of March, the Board of the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) will consider the proposed Tata Ultra Mega project, which will construct a huge (4,000 MW) coal-fired power plant at Mundra in India’s Gujarat [...]

Applied CARMA: Dominion Power, Fairfax Country, and Virginia’s Proposed Wise County Coal Plant


Although from the start, CARMA was intended in part to help empower local activists fighting for more climate-friendly energy policies in their own communities, I hadn’t expected to join their ranks. Things changed when I found out about plans for a massive coal-fired power plant that in a few years could be supplying my home [...]

How to Use the PHP CARMA Client to Seamlessly Retrieve Data


At some point, working with any API involves making HTTP requests to retrieve data, followed by decoding that into a useful data structure for your own application. In the case of the CARMA API, there are five methods that can be called (getPlant, getCompany, searchPlants, searchCompanies,and searchLocations), and data can be returned as either JSON [...]

CARMA Watch: Red Light for The World Bank Group on Coal-Fired Power


CGD’s CARMA website (Carbon Monitoring for Action) uses information on planned construction of power plants to project increases in carbon emissions during the coming decade. In India, for example, CARMA projects that new facilities will increase CO2 emissions by about 150%, and much of the increase will come from enormous coal-fired plants. CARMA’s ranking of [...]

India’s Quiet Counterpoint to Bali: Admirable Transparency, and a National Initiative to Limit Carbon Emissions


The Bali Conference witnessed more controversy about who should take responsibility for carbon emissions reduction. India and China refused to accept explicit emissions limits, citing the potential costs, their poverty problems. and US intransigence. The US countered by refusing to accept emissions limits as long as India, China and other developing countries remain exempt. Despite [...]

Bali: Disaster Loomed and Everyone Blinked. Now Let’s Get Serious, Fast


[This post originally appeared on the Center for Global Development's "Views from the Center" blog.] The White House finally blinked in the final hours of the UN’s Bali Conference on Climate Change. The catalyst may have been the unprecedented boos and hisses directed at the US delegation from the floor, or the peremptory challenge from [...]

A Report from the Trenches on the First Few Days of CGD’s CARMA


[This post originally appeared on the Center for Global Development's "Views from the Center" blog.] It’s been a busy week here at the Center for Global Development. On Tuesday we hosted the meeting of CGD’s Board of Directors–an activity that would have normally been plenty of excitement for one week. On Wednesday afternoon we revealed [...]

Disclosure at its Best: Companies Come Forward with Information


Transparency is central to CARMA’s objective of reducing carbon emissions through public disclosure. So when the CLP Group in China approached us about our figures for their Castle Peak power plant in Hong Kong, we took notice and responded promptly. Indeed, it is CARMA’s policy to replace our data if high-quality, plant-specific, independently verified emission [...]

Welcome to CARMA!


We are pleased to announce the launch of the Carbon Monitoring for Action database at www.carma.org. CARMA provides the world’s most detailed and comprehensive information on carbon emissions resulting from the production of electricity. Power sector emissions make up 25% of the global total, 40% of carbon emissions in the United States, and are a [...]