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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 CARMA.org, that we are temporarily disabling the download data feature. [UPDATE: This feature has been restored.] You may notice problems moving about the site as well. We are working like crazy to ease things. If you still experience difficulty using CARMA, please bookmark the site, and return later. We think this work is critical — and apparently thousands of others do as well! Thanks again for your interest, and we apologize for the temporary difficulties.

UPDATE (2:15 PM EST): We have switched to a larger and faster server, and CARMA is once again revealing the world’s carbon footprint in detail. Many thanks to those in the CARMA Community who offered up their servers as mirror hosts during our moment of need. Very gracious of you.

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Thank you for undertaking this effort.

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this is a great resource – thank you
Shea Judd-Hume
Seattle, Wa

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All I see is alot of red dots! When we start seein the green ones! Thank you for the info.

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It would be a great web site if you included all sources of power. Why aren’t hydro-electirc plants, nuclear power plants, wind farms and solar farms shown???

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What does CARMA have planned to track CO@ fro mobile sources?

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There are renewable and nuclear plants shown, just not on the initial map. Try clicking on “Power Plants” (or going straight to http://carma.org/plant) for example.

Looks like the largest power plants in the world are hydroelectric – I didn’t know that!

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everyone who believes in man made global warning should do more research on how the earth deals with co2. thre is no doubt that the earth is warming, but there no solid evidence that it is man made versus natural climate change(the climate has been changing since the beginning of time.)I challenge everyone not to accept what everyone else tells you and look for yourself.
thanks

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There is much debate in Hong Kong on the figures you are reporting on CLP emissions
at their Castle Peak Power station.
CLP vigorously denies the figures you are quoting, can you comment on that ?

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Interesting. But to what end? Are you really part of the loony lot that think global warming is somehow anthropogenic? About 99% of all ‘greehouse gases’ are natural, with human-induced output amounting to just slightly less than one percent. I’m rather concerned that you’re aligning yourselves with the scaremongers, who in years to come will look idiotic.

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Great job on the site! I’m no treehugger but I am in sales and recognize a thoughtful visual aid when I see one. I would also like to see green power plants on the map. Lastly, the US (especially us in TX) is polluting more than its share but at least we have the highest “% other renewable” of the top 5 countries and we’re not outputting more CO2 tons than MWh like China is.

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“everyone who believes in man made global warning should do more research… ”

Get lost, denier. We don’t need your poison here.

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Type your comment here.
This is a great site to highlight the area
of co2 emissions and call for urgent actions.
http://www.infernofuel.com
provide mitigating solution to reduce fossil
fuel consumptions in internal combustion
engines for liquid fossil fuel

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Thanks for the site it is a eye opener where it shows were all of us are heading if we do not take corrective measures now,the human race may disapear because of this just like the dinosorus did.

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The maps that front your database will give a very false impression to North Americans of their role in CO2 emissions. As a corrective you ought to have a map that shows CO2 emissions per person. A bar chart of total CO2 emissions per person is available at:

http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/national_carbon_dioxide_co2_emissions_per_capita

This shows emissions per person in the United States to be roughly twice those in Japan and Europe and four times those in China. Even emissions in Canada are much higher than those in Europe.

Since your database is specific to the power sector, you should at least have a map that shows emissions per person from that sector;
even so there would be a place for showing total emissions per person.

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Yes indeed, a great resource, but it is also misleading. Looking at Lesotho and South Africa I see that hydro and nuclear are given zero for CO2, although their construction, fuelling and decommissioning (nuclear) produce a lot of CO2. Even if it is only estimates, these costs ought to be included, averaged over the planned lifetime. Can we expect this?

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Simply Awesome!!

Great resource, lets see how this can be used.

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re gregory carpenter (#7). Man-made global warming is a fact, not a belief, and there are lots of solid facts supporting it. That the Earth’s climate has changed since whenever doesn’t mean that human activities, especially burning fossil fuels, isn’t changing it for the worse now! Read up on the science, not the skeptics misleading assertions and wishful thinking.

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thank u really for this great effort.
i hope this will bring a huge impact for our world.

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hi,
It would be much more relevant if CO2 generated by power sector is compared with population catered for. That is per capita CO2 produced by power sector in each country.

This will bring attention to those countries who are generating lot of CO2 as compared to their populations.

Per capita CO2 generated by power sector could also be used to measure the progress made by each country towards green energy.

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Greg I agree that a lot of climate change is naturally occuring, however, I think that should not be adding to the climate change. The earth should change naturally without our influence…regardless of the magnitude…Then again thats just my opinion.

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Thanks for another lie perpetuating website! I’ll be gald when the lights go out because you bunny humpers hate guns too and we can get rid of you all and start over the way the founding fathers wanted this country to be……….

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I thank you for your great work, now if we can ellect a president that will really fight for the planet and not money and power of the wrong kind. There may be a chance for our future children.

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I noticed someone asked about solar and wind farms and green dots.
If you type in your region, you will see more detailed info, I’m in New Mexico and saw the wind farms and green dots!
Thanks again for this wonderful resource!

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Thank you Karma. Always wanted a source of reference and thank you for the good work.

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I’d like to see units expressed more scientifically. Instead of MegaWatt hours
use GigaWatt hours/year (put the year part on everything), so it would be written as:
GWHr/year. Instead of “intensity” use MWHr/Lb. or better yet, switch to all-metric units and use MWHr/Kg. and so on.

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You have a nice website. Very interactive. I have written a short post in my blog. Congratulations for such a great work!!!

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Interesting data yet incomplete!

Looking at a variety of sources you can determine that total global CO2 emmissions from human industry is 26500 MMT/year. Add in another 2447 MMT/year for human respiration for a total of 28947 MMT/year.

Based on the mass of the Earth’s atmosphere we can determine that a 2130 MMT of CO2 equals a 1 ppm change in CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. Therefore, we can conclude that CO2 concentration should be rising at 13.5 ppm/year. In reality, CO2 is rising at

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