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The Sustainable Fashion Challenge

March 22nd, 2019 | by The Beam

We all know the ‘Fast Fashion’ industry is a disaster for the planet and for workers, who are often women in the developing world earning less than three dollars a day in unsafe conditions. It’s not as difficult or as expensive as you might think to shift to ecological and fair-trade clothing.


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



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