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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 Different Faces Of Climate Change: The Zambia Drought

November 26th, 2019 | by The Beam

The little rainfall has led to low harvest and difficulties for cattle to graze, in particular in the Southern parts of Zambia where Philip lives. This has resulted in an increase in malnutrition. 2.3 million people in Zambia are now living in need of food assistance, UNICEF is reporting 40% of children under 5 years being stunted, and malnutrition is only expected to increase

Cleantech Entrepreneurs, Please Listen To Your Customers

November 14th, 2019 | by The Beam

Our work indicates that innovation for clean technology markets starts with a customer focus. The assumption that clean technologies are ready to come online if leaders set ambitious policy is too optimistic. While technologies may exist for a low carbon future, markets do not. Markets require both active buyers and sellers with adequate information. Grandiose goal-setting announcements do not create markets; it only distracts entrepreneurs from the job of creating and maintaining markets

The City Of The Future Will Depend On Reimagining Our Lifestyles

November 11th, 2019 | by The Beam

The ability to build more sustainably requires us to understand the current built environment. While urban designers and architects have a role to play in planning the cities of the future, all of us are invited to re-think and re-imagine the ways in which we live in and interact with the city landscape

Clean Cooking: Let The Data Speak For Itself

November 10th, 2019 | by The Beam

Large-scale efforts and resources have been directed towards low- and middle-income countries to encourage individual households to adopt more efficient clean cooking solutions including improved cookstoves and cleaner fuels. While households initially express enthusiasm for their new stoves, they eventually abandon them

A Tribute To Paradoxes

November 6th, 2019 | by The Beam

One of the most dramatic paradoxes relates to climate change: we tell our children we love them and while doing so, we actively decide to live a life that loads their future with unprecedented tragedy, pain, and destruction. 

It Takes A Crowd: Funding Solar Energy In Developing Countries

October 20th, 2019 | by The Beam

When it comes to the global energy and development outlook, we should be considering crowdinvesting as an enabler that could begin to level global playing fields and ensure that sustainable business is at the heart of sustainable development. The challenges we are facing cannot be solved by crowdinvesting alone, but initiatives that make it easier for individuals to act together are already leading the way

Does A Sustainable First World Exist?

October 18th, 2019 | by The Beam

In a world where consumption and population are increasing, we face a full-on crisis. More people around the globe are headed towards a First World lifestyle, but the West has modeled a version of it that has outgrown the ecosystem that sustains it. What can we, everyday citizens, do to help turn the tide

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