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CARMA v3.0: Known issues (ongoing updates…)

With the CARMA v3.0 database now out in the wild, it’s time to begin documenting known issues, problems, errors, omissions, loopholes, mistakes, gaffs, laughers, and anything else generally erroneous. If you find anything you think should be added – or, even better, a may to correct one of this issues (with new data, for example), [...]

CARMA v3.0 now available!

A new and improved version of the Carbon Monitoring for Action (CARMA) database is now available to the public at It includes power generation and emissions data – both reported figures and model estimates – for more the 60,000 power plants worldwide. CARMA v3.0 reports figures for 2004, 2009, and the future. Over the next week, a [...]

CARMA v3.0 to ‘go live’ on July 2

I’m pleased to announce that the CARMA v3.0 database will soon be made available to the public at The new database will supplant the current data on the website on July 2nd, 2012. At that point, users will be able to easily browse the data using the site’s searching and sorting capabilities. Up until [...]

CARMA v3.0 beta database now available

An offline, beta version of the upcoming CARMA v3.0 database is now available to selected users. There is also a draft technical paper detailing the new methodology and data sources. If you would like to have access ahead of the public release on the CARMA website, please contact CARMA with a description of your intended [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]