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The Week in Review:

Volkswagen’s Smog-filled Scandal


Volkswagen, the world’s largest carmaker, is caught in one of the biggest scandals to hit the global auto industry. With help from Knowledge@Wharton, KWHS breaks down the key points of this business news, which deals with everything from algorithms and branding to ethics and the environment.

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‘A Funny Thing Happens When You Follow Your Passion’


C’mon, can you really change the world? Cynics might question that idealistic outlook, and yet, you can find lots of youth-led movements out there that believe they are the force of true change. The first step: to identify what you are passionate about. In this personal essay Alice Beittel, a college freshman, talks about discovering Project Green Challenge in high school and letting her new-found love for sustainability lead the way.

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The Week in Review:

The ‘Green’ Path from Corporate Social Responsibility to a Brighter Earth Day for All of Us


As we celebrate our planet on Earth Day 2015, we also take a closer look at the connection between business and the environment. With the help of some smart teen environmentalists, KWHS explores corporate social responsibility and why businesses are “morally responsible to replenish and sustain the sources that provide foundations for their economic success.”

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The Week in Review:

A Senator, a Snowball and Global Climate Change


Global climate change often tops the national and international news, most recently as a cause for the Syrian War and in the shape of a snowball landing with a thud on the U.S. Senate floor. Whether you believe global warming to be a myth or reality, the issues around climate change have taken the world stage. KWHS talks with high school students who recently researched and debated the issues at the World Affairs Council Philadelphia’s International Climate Summit.

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The Week in Review:

The Greatest Risks Facing Our World Economy


Kelsey Juliana, a high school student from Oregon, has been in the news of late for her fight to protect natural resources from the effects of global warming. Climate change, as it turns out, is one of the five most likely risks threatening our world economy in 2014, according to a World Economic Forum report released the week of January 13, 2014, the same week Juliana brought her case in front of the Oregon Court of Appeals. The risks report set the stage for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, that began January 22.

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A Young Photographer Sees His Lens as a ‘Creative and Powerful Conservation Tool’


Udayan Rao Pawar, a 9th grader from India, recently won the 2013 Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award from the U.K.-based Natural History Museum. He hopes to leverage his love for the lens into a career as a conservationist. But one professional wildlife photographer offers some cautionary advice.

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The Week in Review:

The Power of One African Teen’s Idea to Ward Off Lions


Who is Raffaelo D’Andrea? He is a roboticist and developer of quadcopters, robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. This week in Edinburgh, Scotland, D’Andrea demonstrated his clever drones playing catch, balancing and making decisions. At the same time, he was continuing to explore other possibilities for this kind of technology. Feel the brain power! D’Andrea was but one of hundreds of innovative thinkers, doers and visionaries who took to the stage in … Continue reading 

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Earth Avengers: ‘If It Is to Be, It Is Up to Me’


Today, April 22, is Earth Day. KWHS talked with young people from Massachusetts to Mumbai, India, to learn about their passion and commitment to global environmental issues such as overuse of plastic bottles, fracking, the global water crisis and solar energy, to name a few of their concerns. it is a testament to the influence of youth activists everywhere.

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