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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


How Are We Dealing With The Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

August 15th, 2019 | by The Beam

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is a major environmental problem, yet, in the context of the many warnings we’ve had over the last decade as to the damage we are doing to our planet, it seems perfectly in keeping with the times. Except, of course, that it’s not even new. Scientists have been officially monitoring its growth since the 1970s.


An Energy Transition For Everyone

August 13th, 2019 | by The Beam

We will be more effective messengers if we reframe the way we talk about climate change and the energy transition. We can do this by focusing on opportunity and empowerment and drawing more people into the conversation through accessible communication formats


Women In Sierra Leone: The Invisible Force Of The Energy Transition

August 9th, 2019 | by The Beam

Women in Sierra Leone have demonstrated that energy is a catalyst for women’s economic empowerment and advancement. Energy access transforms lives and communities through unlocking not just power, but benefits to health, education levels, livelihoods, gender equality and the environment.


Meet The Woman Behind Wazi Vision, The Recycled Plastic Glasses

August 7th, 2019 | by The Beam

Brenda Katwesigye is the founder and CEO of Wazi Vision Limited, a company incorporated in Uganda that builds eyewear and construction material from recycled plastic. Brenda is passionate about creating sustainable and affordable solutions for critical health care and housing challenges, so we talked to her about the challenges of providing eye care to children in Uganda and how she’s contributing to solving these issues


Redesigning The Economy: From Linear To Circular & From ‘Me’ To ‘We’

August 5th, 2019 | by The Beam

The rise in interest of the circular economy (CE) has been rapid and widespread within the domain of business, economics, and recently, politics. Championed by organizations such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the key concepts of a circular economy are now directly influencing policy across Europe, from Finland to France and Spain to Slovenia; and globally too with India and China both exploring what circularity means from their own economic, national, and cultural perspectives


Google & Facebook Profit From Fossil Fuel Advertising

August 1st, 2019 | by The Beam

Google and Facebook have been vital tools in enabling fossil fuel companies to pedal their often misleading agenda related to climate change developments. If the price is right, it appears that these Internet companies have no issue backtracking on their green initiatives and advertising policies


The Real Key To Clean Cooking

July 24th, 2019 | by The Beam

In our travels across rural India, we may have come to understand what would encourage clean and modern cooking options in the home.



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