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Saving Mexico’s Native Corn With Sustainable Furniture

October 8th, 2019 | by The Beam

Fernando Laposse is a Mexican designer who is drawing most of his inspiration from Mexico, its people, its craft, and their relationship to the natural world. We talked with Fernando about the role of design in raising awareness towards sustainable issues and he introduced us to one of its latest project: Totomoxtle, which showcases the range of species of native corn that exist in Mexico


The Beam Podcast, Episode 1: Powering The Globe With 100% Renewable Energy

October 2nd, 2019 | by The Beam

We don’t have any other choice than to swiftly transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy access for all. What we need is a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart. To talk about these issues, we have invited three experts who are working toward that goal in various ways but with the same incredible drive and enthusiasm


Meet Zolar, A Company Revolutionizing The Residential Solar Market

September 25th, 2019 | by The Beam

Alexander Melzer is the founder and CEO of Zolar. His career has always been dedicated to the solar industry, working as a Product Manager at Solarwatt AG, before moving to Canada and becoming Managing Director at Soventix Canada Inc., a global solar project developer. After travelling and biking around the world, he moved back to Germany where he founded Zolar together with his Co-Founder and friend from university Gregor Loukidis. His vision? Changing the world’s energy generation to 100% renewables.


Corporations & Renewables: Taking The Bull By The Horns

September 24th, 2019 | by The Beam

Commitment to sustainability has required untiring efforts from corporates. The race does not stop at 100% renewables. For taking up the sustainability reins, an attack is the best form of defense. At the beginning of this process, pragmatism was important. Corporate renewable energy pioneers were mainly focusing on standard corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) and guarantees of origin (GOs). Now, sustainability leaders mainly focus on three areas: Location, supply chain, and synchronization of consumption and renewable energy supply


It’s Amazing What Women With Energy Can Do

September 23rd, 2019 | by The Beam

“Clean energy entrepreneurship offers a firm path to economic advancement and meaningful inclusion for women living in rural communities in West Africa. Trusting local women and giving them a voice to make a difference for their communities will be the bringer of sustainable positive change.”


Living The Online Life: Climate’s Unseen Battleground

September 20th, 2019 | by The Beam

Not only is the digital world unregulated, but it is also morally agnostic, giving rise to a wide range of political and social ills: fake news, internet addiction, social polarization, invasions of privacy, and more. As more people come online, a greater percentage of the world’s citizens and governments become vulnerable to this lawlessness of online life, or what I term ‘the onlife’


Grab A Cup Of Coffee, Sit Down, & Relax. You Are Listening To The Beam Podcast

September 19th, 2019 | by The Beam

Co-written with The Beam Chief-Editor Anne-Sophie Garrigou and produced by Anna Siwecka as an extension of The Beam Magazine, The Beam Podcast is a series of 12 podcast episodes released once a month. For 40 minutes, Anne-Sophie and Anna will be talking to global experts and try to understand all the issues related to the climate emergency


There Has Never Been A Better Time To Become A Climate Activist Than Now. Here’s Why

September 18th, 2019 | by The Beam

For our planet to remain habitable, we have to change everything. To move away from fossil fuels, we have to transform the way we eat, commute, live, consume, and travel. And we have to raise our voices — not just the youth, but people of all ages. In order to save our future, we have to become climate activists. The timeframe has been set a long time ago and we are approaching its end with increasing pace


The Hidden Cost Of Shell Oil Spills In Niger Delta

September 16th, 2019 | by The Beam

Decades of oil spillage in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta and the incessant bickering over who should own up to the wanton environmental degradation has taken a toll on Nigeria’s economy, seeing it slid into recession with the delta being classified as one of the most polluted places on earth


Energy Transition Startups Shake Up The Business World

September 8th, 2019 | by The Beam

The shift to a low-carbon future is turning the economy inside out. Policy has a crucial role to play, but ultimately it is businesses that will make the energy transition happen. In Energiewende home country Germany, many startups are at the forefront of transformation by bringing novel business ideas to market and by snatching market share from incumbents in sectors such as renewables, heating, or mobility


Climate Change Deniers Violate Human Rights

September 5th, 2019 | by The Beam

Whoever still thinks climate change is purely an environmental issue, threatening only nature, needs to think again. Climate change is also essentially a human issue because of its devastating effect on human life — and rights. It exacerbates existing inequalities, undermines democracy and threatens development at large. Likewise, by far the greatest burden will fall on those already in poverty, while the rich will be able to buy their way out of rising heat and hunger


Solar-Home Systems & Mini-Grids: Same, Same But Different!

September 4th, 2019 | by The Beam

SHS are micro-power plants with integrated energy storage that provide electricity to individual buildings or households. SHS typically provide DC power that can be used without any problems for lamps and mobile phone charging. For newly electrified households, these are typically the main power needs. The electricity from SHS is not fully comparable to AC power that we know in developed countries


Biochar’s Role In Mitigating Climate Change

August 28th, 2019 | by The Beam

Carboculture turns methane-spewing biomass into high-carbon charcoal, thanks to a patented technology that transfers waste into charcoal in a carbon-neutral way, allowing a cleaner, more efficient way to make charcoal and charcoal products


Sustaining Indigenous Forests With Blockchain Technology

August 25th, 2019 | by The Beam

Reducing deforestation, which is responsible for up to 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions, is crucial for the international community to achieve its goal under the Paris Climate Change Agreement to keep the global average temperature rise as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius


350.org On Challenging Facebook’s Fossil Fuel Advertising Profits

August 23rd, 2019 | by The Beam

As has been outlined on countless occasions, large tech conglomerates play a critical role in our day-to-day lives. Platforms like Facebook, for instance, help connect over 2.38 billion monthly active users. Thus, their social responsibility in everything from politics, news and even climate change is indisputable. Despite Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg announcing his support for the Paris Climate Agreement, Facebook continues to take money from many fossil fuel companies via advertising



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