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Why Marc Jacobson’s Research Matters for the Clean Technology Fund


The airwaves have recently been filled with advertisements heralding a plethora of clean energy technologies. GE promoted its smart grid technologies in a Wizard of Oz-themed Super Bowl ad. Vestas, the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world, has branded itself No. 1 in Modern Energy. Various groups have designed commercials touting the potential of [...]

EPA Moving on U.S. Greenhouse Gas Registry: Next Step, Global CARMA


This is a joint posting with Robin Kraft, and originally appeared on the Center for Global Development’s Global Development: Views from the Center blog Nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine whether greenhouse gases (GHGs) pose a threat to peoples’ health or welfare – the first step toward [...]

What Activists at the Capitol Power Plant Can Learn from CARMA


This post originally appeared on CGD’s Global Development: Views from the Center blog On March 2, thousands of people are expected to engage in mass civil disobedience at the coal-fired Capitol Power Plant in Washington, DC. The protest, which is expected to include NASA climate scientist Jim Hanson, author Wendell Barry, and environmentalist Bill McKibben [...]

View CARMA in Google Earth!


Browsing power plant emissions just got easier, thanks to a new version of CARMA that you can explore using Google Earth. According to Google’s site, “Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky.” This bird’s-eye view is great for comparing [...]

CARMA 2.0 has arrived! Power sector still stuck on fossil fuel


CARMA 2.0 has arrived! And our analysis of the latest data shows that the world still has a long way to go on curbing emissions growth. Last week’s Washington Post feature on CARMA focuses on massive growth in Chinese emissions. Although pollution wasn’t big news once the Olympics started, this year China’s power sector will [...]

CARMA and CGD research in the wild


The Confronting Climate Change team at CGD is always interested to see what happens to our work once it leaves our desktops and joins the “marketplace of ideas,” fighting to make it to the top of a mountain of information on environmental issues. So we thought we’d quickly share two recent sightings from two very [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]