Sunny Lewis

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Virus Limits 50th Earth Day to Virtual Events

The biggest climate conference of 2020 will be the Earth Day Week No Fly Conference, a public, free, online event, where 100 key experts will meet virtually to share creative solutions to build a better future and avert humanity's most serious crisis - climate change.

Together We Stand Against COVID-19

"We're all in this together," health and government officials have been repeating this refrain ever since the novel coronavirus and the deadly disease it causes, COVID-19, emerged in Wuhan, China at the end of December 2019.

Marijuana Compound Effective Against Superbug

A non-psychoactive chemical compound in marijuana is effective in treating the highly resistant superbug MRSA, researchers from McMaster University have discovered.

Scientists Seek Existing Drugs to Repurpose for Virus Patients

A new high-tech transatlantic partnership is working overtime to identify antiviral treatments for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China in late December.

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

Just over 200 years have zipped by since humans began to truly command the planet’s resources in ways that have taken humans to unprecedented heights and advances in modern living.

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.

Top Five Threats Facing Earth & Humanity

The following Top Five Threats Facing Humanity are ranked based on their probability of occurring combined with the level of impact they can or will have if and when they occur. In every case, it most certainly is not a question or if, but when and how.

The Most Important Organism?

There are more than 7,000 different species of algae. Most live in the oceans, but they also live in fresh water and even on land.