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The Beam The Beam Magazine is a quarterly print publication that takes a modern perspective on the energy transition. From Berlin we report about the people, companies and organizations that shape our sustainable energy future around the world. The team is headed by journalist Anne-Sophie Garrigou and designer Dimitris Gkikas. The Beam works with a network of experts and contributors to cover topics from technology to art, from policy to sustainability, from VCs to cleantech start ups. Our language is energy transition and that's spoken everywhere. The Beam is already being distributed in most countries in Europe, but also in Niger, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Japan, Chile and the United States. And this is just the beginning. So stay tuned for future development and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Medium.

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The Challenges Journalists Face Covering Climate Science

November 19th, 2018 | by The Beam

Science journalists who cover climate change face many challenges. From the competition with social media to reader skepticism, there is an immense pressure on journalists to produce content at a much faster pace, while keeping high quality standards. We have asked two journalists what it’s like to work in the field today and what shapes the debate around climate change.

Drop Your Oil!

November 17th, 2018 | by The Beam

The Beam #7 Editorial was written by Carola Hein, Professor and Head, History of Architecture and Urban Planning Chair, Delft University of Technology.

Meet 4 Inspirational Women Working In Environmental Science Today

November 16th, 2018 | by The Beam

Women have made major contributions to climate change research and to broader analyses of global environmental issues. Yet, they are generally underrepresented in key disciplines for the study of climate change and many of them have faced various barriers to their success and recognition.

Climate-Induced Disasters Affect Women & Girls First

November 11th, 2018 | by The Beam

Women and girls are among the most negatively impacted by disasters: not due to any inherent vulnerability, but as a result of social construction of gender norms and the related power imbalance in which women often have limited access to and control over resources.

A Conversation With Pioneer & Explorer Bertrand Piccard

November 8th, 2018 | by The Beam

We were really happy to sit down with Bertrand Piccard, and took this opportunity to ask him everything we ever wanted to ask him, starting with his grassroots commitment to the planet, to his opinion on policy-makers fighting climate change. In this inspiring chat, Bertrand also gives personal advice for all those out there who are trying to change the world, one idea at a time

Tomorrow’s Best Sustainable Innovations

November 7th, 2018 | by The Beam

These innovations see us interacting with smart buildings, lighting our way with photosynthetic lamps, sporting shoes without footprints, and living in tiny cabins made of construction waste. The innovative minds behind all of these sustainable solutions have found unique ways to make the world a little bit better

Bringing Light To The Kakuma Refugee Camp

November 6th, 2018 | by The Beam

As violence, hunger and the breakdown of public institutions have driven around five million Congolese from their homes, Kasanga Alexandre brought his family to Kenya, where he finally dares to dream of brighter days for his children and himself.

The Dark Side Of Tulum

November 5th, 2018 | by The Beam

Trendy Tulum hotels and businesses that appear to be ecological are not always as sustainable as they seem, director Rachel Appel is revealing all in her latest documentary.

James Hansen’s Views On Climate (In)Action & The Paris Agreement

October 30th, 2018 | by The Beam

The Paris Agreement per se is useful but only if the countries recognize that this doesn’t really do anything, it doesn’t actually reduce emissions. But it is useful for all the country to say “yeah, we agree, there is a problem, we need to do something.” So that is useful. But it’s not the actions that are needed

Sustainable Development: An Ideological Illusion

October 29th, 2018 | by The Beam

Sustainable development takes a small step away from free-market fundamentalism and our faith in technology. But the step is small, indeed. According to mainstream sustainable development discourse, a qualitatively different universe of discourse and action is not needed to bring about transformational change. This can be achieved within the current political-economical paradigm

Cities & Municipalities Are Shaping The Urban Mobility Of Tomorrow, Whether They Want To Or Not

October 25th, 2018 | by The Beam

After the ruling on possible driving bans, cities and municipalities are on track to implement and enforce what has been missing elsewhere. Ultimately, it is in their hands: they have the data, they manage the public space for any kind of infrastructure, and they decide which vehicles and services can gain access. Cities and local authorities don’t just have the mandate, but are responsible for reconciling citizens’ entitlement to effective mobility solutions with their right to clean air. It is entirely in their power how this should be designed, as the necessary technology, concepts, and partners are readily available

How Blockchain Could Help To Protect The World’s Forests

October 22nd, 2018 | by The Beam

Imagine a world where every purchase has an associated carbon price, which is offset by REDD+ projects. Each tonne of carbon saved through REDD+ projects could be registered on the blockchain, and tracked by people offsetting their purchases. The technology could in theory, remove the complexities associated with polycentric governance, and allow forest owners to claim a larger share of the benefit for protecting their forests, by interacting peer-to-peer with the consumers making purchases

Museums & Climate Change Activism

October 18th, 2018 | by The Beam

The inescapable truth that our lives are inextricably linked with the natural world  inspires my belief that the global museum community must take a stand on climate change. This is a moral imperative for museums, as climate change is no longer just about science or politics -- it is also about social justice.

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