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Just the Facts: On The State of NTPC’s CARMA

Recent weeks have seen the carbon footprint of the National Thermal Power Corporation – India’s largest power company – come under some scrutiny. A Times of India article in late July first noted NTPC’s global prominence in terms of CO2 emissions, drawing upon a now-outdated version of CGD’s CARMA database of global power sector emissions. [...]

Getting Started: A Quick Video Tutorial

If you’re new to CARMA, we’ve created a quick, 4-minute video tutorial (below) introducing you to a couple of CARMA’s more useful features. In particular, it shows you how to easily locate emissions information for any power plant or locale in the world — like your hometown, for example. I hope you find it useful.    

CARMA 2.0 Up And Running!

We’re pleased to annouce that Version 2.0 of CARMA is now up and running. The Washington Post featured an article on the new data in today’s paper, focusing on the growth of emissions in China. We have posted the full press release for CARMA 2.0 on the Center for Global Development’s website. We have also created a Version [...]

New Data On The Way: CARMA 2.0 To Be Released Soon!

Since the launch of CARMA in November of last year, we’ve been working hard developing the next incarnation of the database. CARMA 2.0, to be released to the public in the near future, represents a significant expansion and improvement. The new data will provide information on the state of the global power sector as of early 2008, inlcuding planned expansions and corporate ownership. It [...]

CARMA a Webby Award Official Honoree!

We’re pleased to announce that was selected as an Official Honoree of the 2008 Webby Awards. From over 10,000 entries, only 15% were selected as Official Honorees. We feel like we’re in pretty good company! Kudos and thanks to the CARMA Team at the Center for Global Development and Forum One Communications. And thanks to you, [...]

Vulcan Project Reveals U.S. Carbon Emissions in New Detail

A team of scientists from Purdue, Colorado State, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have released the first version of Project Vulcan, including detailed maps of carbon emissions in the U.S. for the year 2002. To get an idea of what’s in this fantastic new source of data, check out the project’s YouTube video. One can imagine all [...]

Confronting Coal: How to Use CARMA to Discover Proposed “Red Alerts”

In the race against rising greenhouse gas emissions, coal – the dirtiest and most carbon-intensive of fossil fuels – is being taken to task. Scores of environmental organizations have launched campaigns to shut existing coal plants and stop construction of new ones.

Zero-Emissions Power Production is Cheaper Than You Think

My CARMA colleague David Wheeler has posted a fascinating note on the Center for Global Development’s “Views from the Center” blog. In response to the World Bank Group’s continuing support of coal power plants in the developing world, David crunched the latest numbers on the cost differences between dirty coal power and some carbon-free alternatives. [...]

Improving Climate Projections and Adaptation: A Hot Research Topic in Bali

[This post originally appeared on the Center for Global Development's "Views from the Center" blog.] Besides the official negotiations and speeches, the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bali that I’ve been attending also provided opportunities for sharing new research and ideas. Two subjects dominated the schedule: adaptation and forestry (no doubt reflecting the preferences of [...]

Down and Out in Bali: U.N. Climate Change Negotiations So Far Lack Urgency

[This post originally appeared on the Center for Global Development's "Views from the Center" blog.] I’m in one of the world’s most beautiful places, and I am seriously bummed. Few people had much in the way of expectations for the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bali — its purpose is to simply set the terms [...]

Kevin Ummel

Kevin is the CARMA Project Manager and responsible for maintaining the database on a part-time basis. He holds a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Manchester and a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University. He lives in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife, Sarah.