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The Week in Review:

The Greatest Risks Facing Our World Economy

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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’

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

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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 … Continue reading 

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

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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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Breaking Down Community Barriers: The Fight for Environmental Justice

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As Earth Day approaches on April 22, KWHS calls on guest writer Rebecca Unger, a high school senior from Massachusetts, to explore the environmental justice movement. Says Unger: “Environmental justice is significant for adolescents, educators and aspiring businesspeople alike. A good entrepreneur needs to consider the practical implications of how systemized inequality affects the market; a good citizen needs to consider the moral implications of failing to challenge that inequality.”

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The Week in Review:

Biofuel Bonanza: Insight and ‘Nerdy’ Earrings from Intel’s $100,000 Winner

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In March, some of the country’s most innovative high school seniors traveled to Washington, D.C., for the Intel Science Talent Search 2013. KWHS spoke with $100,000 winner Sara Volz, a teen from Colorado, about biofuel, algae and building a laboratory in her bedroom.

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Restoring the Rainforest: Guayakí Brews Environmental and Social Change

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The business of sustainability – meeting the needs of the present without compromising resources for future generations — is growing among companies with a social conscience. Guayakí, which makes and sells Yerba Mate beverages, is an example of a company that has built its entire business model on practices that drive environmental and social change. Its main goal: to get you, as the consumer, to support sustainability with your dollars.

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Solar Eclipse: What Happens when Your Startup Fails?

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In 2012, student entrepreneur Ryan Marschang and some of his classmates launched Invisergy, a developer of solar technology building materials. While the technology showed great potential, building owners weren’t quite ready for the high-tech product, and its founders dissolved the business in December. Marschang sat down with KWHS Editor Diana Drake to discuss his passion for energy and how it feels to close the doors on a new business.

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