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Understanding The German Energy Transition: From Leader To Laggard

December 16th, 2018 | by The Beam

Germany is often praised as being the frontrunner in the transition to renewable energy. It is shutting down its nuclear power plants by 2022, and their capacity will be replaced by renewables. Today, the country already produces 38% of its electricity from renewable sources, mostly wind and solar. Its long-term goal is to reach 80–95% by 2050. But is Germany on the right path to reach these goals?

The Untold Tragedies Of Coal Mining In Zimbabwe

December 13th, 2018 | by The Beam

Alhough the resource has been central to power generation in Zimbabwe, innumerable people experience hell within the dangerous ‘coal hell pits’ of Hwange each year, with most catastrophes going undocumented

The Far-Right On The Rise In Brazil: Between Gaslighting & Climate Change Skepticism

December 12th, 2018 | by The Beam

In the age of post-truth, fake news profoundly marked the 2018 Brazilian race to the presidency. Technological tools that once promised a more inclusive and informed democratic process were massively used to mislead the electorate in the country. In such turmoil, any debate on the actual policy agendas of the candidates simply did not happen, let alone discussions on one of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change

The Power Of Images

December 1st, 2018 | by The Beam

The work of photographer Fabrice Monteiro occupies a rich space that overlaps genres

Closing The Loop For Baby Diapers

December 1st, 2018 | by The Beam

On average one baby uses about 4,500 diapers, with the result being about 500 kg of waste and 500 kg of CO2 created. The numbers are in fact probably higher if we consider the whole supply chain and all aspects of distribution. Of course, there has to be a better solution.

12 Space Innovations That Became Everyday Wonders

November 27th, 2018 | by The Beam

The obsession with space has driven innovation and not only extended the capabilities of technology, but delivered remarkable breakthroughs and created new materials and products. Solar panels, for example, were the powering force behind InSight, the robotic probe launched six months ago by NASA that landed on Mars’s surface on the 26th of November

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