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Modeling a Chinese Carbon Tax - Cao Jing
October 16, 2013
My guest on this week’s Wonkcast is Cao Jing, one of China’s leading experts on carbon taxes. A CGD visiting fellow and associate professor of economics at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Jing was recently the subject of a Bloomberg profile. Working in collaboration with others at Harvar...
How to Spend Climate Finance (If We Had It)
October 15, 2013
Imagine for a moment a world in which rich countries followed through on their rather vague promise at the 2009 climate conference in Copenhagen to mobilize $100 billion per year by 2020 to help developing countries reduce their emissions and cope with climate change. How should that money be spent?...
Twelve Takeaways from the IPCC Report
September 30, 2013
On Friday in Stockholm the IPCC released the first of a series of four reports comprising its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), documenting the “physical science basis” of climate change.
CARMA: A Global Database of Power Plant Carbon Emissions – Kevin Ummel
August 27, 2012
My guest on this week’s Wonkcast is Kevin Ummel, project manager Carbon Monitoring for Action (CARMA), a newly updated CGD database that reveals the carbon dioxide emissions, electricity production, corporate ownership, and location of more than 60,000 power plants around the world.
CARMA Revisited: An Updated Database of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Plants Worldwide - Working Paper 304
August 23, 2012
This paper documents the methodology underpinning CARMA v3.0, released in July 2012.
What’s Driving Deforestation? Surprise Findings—David Wheeler
January 30, 2012
David Wheeler, our lead researcher on climate and development, decided recently to retire from CGD, though he will continue to be active in CGD’s intellectual life as our first Senior Fellow Emeritus. Since joining CGD in 2006, David has published more than 20 working papers and launched two pat...
Cleaning up the Clean Tech Fund
November 10, 2011
In this short video clip, CGD senior fellows David Wheeler and Arvind Subramanian tell how CGD influenced the World Bank to stop financing coal-burning power plants through the Clean Tech Fund and instead focus on solar thermal power. Drawing on Wheeler’s research, Wheeler and others in CGD...
Skyrocketing Assaults on Americans: Who’s Behind It? What Can We Do About It?
April 18, 2011
Why Marc Jacobsons Research Matters for the Clean Technology Fund
March 20, 2009
This post originally appeared on CARMA.org. 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,...