CARMA (Carbon Monitoring for Action) is a new website with a massive database containing information on the carbon emissions of over 50,000 power plants and 4,000 power companies worldwide. The creators are banking on the possibility that the disclosed data will have substantial public impact such as a global cleanup of polluting power plants.
David Wheeler of the Centre for Global Development and creator of the database stated that “Public disclosure is already credited with reducing air and water emissions of toxic substances in Canada, the U.S. and even in China.”
A similar public disclosure initiative was also launched via the MDG Monitorwebsite to confront global poverty. Such initiatives emphasize the profound impact that the web can have on public action and illustrates the positive influences of the World Wide Web.