CARMA – karma?

Yesterday the Center for Global Development launched a new interactive map entitled Carbon Monitoring for Action, a.k.a. CARMA.

The data-packed project maps global power plants and includes information on how large and how clean they are, which you can search by region, and even as specific as your city, metro area, or congressional district.

I’ve only just begun to explore it, but it looks like it’s going to be quite useful! And I can’t help but dwell on the irony of it’s name – CARMA – one letter off from karma, sanskrit for “the concept of ‘action’ or ‘deed’ in Indian religions understood as denoting the entire cycle of cause and effect.”

We often run into the “Law of Karma” disguised in every day phrases like:

  • As you sow so shall you reap
  • For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction
  • An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
  • As you do unto others, it will be done unto you
  • What goes around, comes around

Really quite a striking resemblance to the interaction of our emissions in the atmosphere and carbon cycle, and what that means for the future.


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