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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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]