The Green Wrap-up 10.March, 2013

Last month, standing at the Old Capitol Pump House, a restored building along the Anacostia River, Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray announced the launch of the long-awaited Sustainable D.C. plan…
Crowd-funding may provide cleantech entrepreneurs early-stage capital at a time when early-stage funding is drying up for cleantech.
Conversion of large swaths of Brazilian land for sugar plantations will help the country meet its needs for producing cane-derived ethanol, but it also could lead to regional climate effects, according to a team of researchers from Arizona State University, Stanford University and the Carnegie Institution for Science.
  • GreenJoyment(Ally): It’s good to know that even the most (seemingly) environmentally-friendly plans are being studied closely and that efforts are being made to understand the potential consequences of these plans.
Hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles will account for about one in 16 new vehicles sold globally by the end of the decade, consulting agency PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) says. The increase will come as automakers reduce the price premium on advanced-powertrain vehicles and governments invest more in charging infrastructure, PwC says.
With the death of the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the future production and exports of Venezuelan crude are gaining a little new attention.
With the definition of “green” still fuzzy when it comes to products, it’s even more difficult to measure the efforts of cities attempting to decrease their carbon footprint. What are water consumption policies like? How many cars on the road? What types of recycling programs and waste reduction efforts are underway? Are there any green building or alternative energy incentives?

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