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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

CARMA’s First 48 Hours

The numbers are just fantastic: 150,000 visitors from 187 countries in CARMA’s first two days. Just as important are the hundreds of comments and emails we’ve received with congratulations, suggestions, and questions. Thank you. We will begin sifting through them next week. In the mean time, continue spreading the word. There’s so much more to [...]

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 [...]

Too Much of a Good Thing: CARMA Sluggish Today

Much to our pleasure, the response to CARMA in the media and blogosphere has been fantastic. Sincere thanks to everyone for their interest and support. We hope to keep it going. The attention has generated so much web traffic at, that we are temporarily disabling the download data feature. [UPDATE: This feature has been [...]

Welcome to CARMA!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Carbon Monitoring for Action database at 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 [...]

CARMA 101: Quick Tips to Get You Started

We set out to make an intuitive and easy-to-use (dare we say fun?) source of information. Although the database behind CARMA is massive, all of the information can be searched, sorted, parsed, and downloaded with just a few clicks or keystrokes. Here are 5 quick tips on how to do just that, ranging from [...]