Sunny Lewis

Founding publisher of the Environment News Service, Sunny Lewis covers university and college news with a special emphasis on planetary health and sustainability. Contact her at:

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Race to Save Madagascar’s Unique Ecology

Left unchecked, the combined effects of deforestation and human-induced climate change could eliminate Madagascar's entire eastern rainforest habitat by 2070.

Science in Action: Arctic Residents Embrace Renewables

Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College has accepted an invitation to partner with Qaanaaq, an Arctic hunting and fishing community in northwestern Greenland, as the residents transition to renewable energy and an affordable, sustainable future.

Fixation on Nitrogen

Scientists at three North American universities have discovered one of nature’s “backup methods” for converting nitrogen into plant nutrients. Research published today in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” shows that the process may be more resilient than previously known.

MIT Engineers Find New Way to Remove CO2 From Air

A new way of removing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) from a stream of air could provide a valuable tool in the battle against climate change say the engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, who developed the new system.



Not your everyday walk on the beach

As a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, I was able to network through one of my professors to receive an internship at the North Carolina Coastal Reserve at Masonboro Island. I was particularly interested in the internship because it would allow me to combine both of my majors.

The Human Revolution

Earth as seen at night from space today show high concentrations of human industrialization. 200 years ago, such a picture would show...

The Ecological Impact of the Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution marked a major turning point in Earth’s ecology and humans’ relationship with their environment. Relatively overnight, it dramatically changed every aspect of human life and lifestyles.

Earth’s Top Five Threats Facing Humanity

There are many threats facing life on our planet today.  There always have been since life first began to evolve some 3.8 billion...

The Most Important Organism?

On a recent fossil collecting trip a friend asked, “What do you think is the most important organism on the Earth?” She...