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May 20, 2008

Calculating CARMA: Global Estimation of CO2 Emissions from the Power Sector - Working Paper 145

In November 2007 CGD’s Carbon Monitoring for Action (CARMA) provided the first global database on CO2 emissions from the world’s 50,000 power plants and the firms that own them. CARMA was widely welcomed as a tool for public education and as an important first step toward reliable, consistent information on plant-level emissions that will be crucial for future international agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In this new working paper, CGD senior fellow David Wheeler and co-author Kevin Ummel describe CARMA’s methodology, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and test its accuracy across countries and at different geographical scales. They also invite power companies that have verified emissions data to submit them for inclusion in CARMA.

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May 12, 2008

The Commitment to Development Index for Africa: How Much Do the Richest Countries Help the Poorest Continent?

How committed are the world's richest countries to the development of Africa, the world's poorest continent? Rich countries are usually compared on how much foreign aid they give as a percentage of their GDP, but helping Africa involves much more than aid. CGD's Commitment to Development Index has long compared 21 rich countries on aid, trade, migration, and other policies that affect the entire developing world. In the new CDI for Africa, research fellow David Roodman trains the CDI methodology on rich countries' links to this one continent. While the results may not be what you expect, one message is clear: all rich countries could do much more to foster development in Africa.

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