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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 also incorporates new data from environmental agencies around the world and benefits from a number of improvements to the CARMA emissions estimation model. We’ve also expanded the quality and reach of CARMA’s geographic data. And, as always, full information for all 53,980 power plants and their owners will be available for viewing, analysis, and download.

A quick preview: The new data show continuing rapid growth in power-related emissions, especially in China — but also in Europe and the United States. Marginal improvements in plant efficiency are being swamped by the sheer scale of expansion; CARMA 2.0 includes information on nearly 6,500 plants that are planned for construction in the future. And on a slightly lighter (but still serious) note, Antarctica, the last carbon-free continent in CARMA 1.0, now joins the ranks of the emitters.

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