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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.



Author Archives: The Beam

The Challenges Of Feeding The World In The Face Of Climate Change

March 16th, 2019 | by The Beam

Ndoni Mcunu was born in KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, a south-east province of South Africa. “I have always been strongly supported by my family,” explains Ndoni, who is now pursuing a PhD in environmental science with a focus on agriculture, food security and climate change. We asked Ndoni about the challenges of feeding the growing earth population within the climate change context. We also talked about the importance of raising awareness and providing knowledge about science and research for university students as well as rural women all over the world


Germany’s Lignite Exit Strategy

March 10th, 2019 | by The Beam

This article was published in The Beam #7 — Subscribe now for more on the topic. By Gisa Holzhausen, Lisa Keppler and [&hellip


A Guide To Scaling Electric Vehicles

March 4th, 2019 | by The Beam

It will soon be possible to get almost anywhere in the world powered entirely by the sun, the wind, and the rain. This is the promise of the electric vehicle (EV) revolution now underway.


Should Google Treat Fossil Fuel Companies Like It Treats Tobacco & Firearm Companies?

March 2nd, 2019 | by The Beam

2018 saw a number of different divestments from global institutions in the fossil fuel sector and their subsidiaries. While the move likely won’t fix global warming, it has changed the way in which citizens understand how deeply rooted many organizations are in coal, oil, and gas companies. After divesting, firms also shudder at the thought of being de-platformed. Consider the advertising giant Google, for instance


Cultivating An Emergent Order In The Energy System

February 28th, 2019 | by The Beam

Everything -- 9 to 5 jobs, flat rate energy bills, three-car garages --  is organized according to the misconception that fossil fuels will always be around to provide energy exactly at our convenience. The challenge of embracing renewable energy is just as much mental as it is technical. It requires ditching the dominant industrial cognitive paradigm that still persists in an age where the transition away from fossil fuels use is imperative


Circular Economy: Redesigning Economy Beyond A Product

February 22nd, 2019 | by The Beam

The recent debate around circular economy tends to focus primarily on product redesign. But a circular ‘economy’ encompasses more than just product design, it's about product business development and the interactions between players in the ecosystem.


What Energy Deprivation Really Means In Refugee Camps

February 16th, 2019 | by The Beam

There are few places in the world where energy poverty is more rife than in refugee camps. About 80% of those who live in camps have absolutely minimal access to energy for cooking and heating, and about 90% have no access to electricity. Displaced families can use renewable energy to create revenues, and start the journey to reclaim their lives. Women and girls are safer when they have access to a cleaner energy source for lighting and cooking


The Beam Magazine & The Solar Panel Art Series Are Competing For The UN SDG Action Awards

February 4th, 2019 | by The Beam

To meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we need everyone to take action. Every year, the UN SDG Action Awards recognize individuals and organizations who are advancing the global movement for the SDGs in the most transformative, impactful, and innovative way. This year, both The Beam magazine and the Solar Panel Art Series are competing. Help us to share the word!



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