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Springer Nature advances its machine-generated tools and offers new book format (AI-based lit overview)

(Springer) Springer Nature has now deployed its AI expertise to create a new publication format which focuses on literature reviews. This new format takes an innovative hybrid approach of blending human-machine interaction. The new product is a mixture of human-written text and machine-generated literature overviews, which sees an author putting these machine-generated reviews, created from a large set of previously published articles in Springer Nature journals, into book chapters and providing a scientific perspective.

Climate Po-Po: Will Britain Really Go To War Over The Climate?

Senior politicians and officials seem to be carving out a new green role for Britain’s armed forces and so-called ‘intelligence’ agencies. According to these reports, troops and spies could soon be doing Gaia’s work… protecting the Amazon from loggers, and covertly monitoring…

New GSA Bulletin articles published ahead of print in April

(Geological Society of America) The Geological Society of America regularly publishes articles online ahead of print. For April, GSA Bulletin topics include multiple articles about the dynamics of China and Tibet; the Bell River hypothesis that proposes that an ancestral, transcontinental river occupied much of northern North America during the Cenozoic Era; new findings in the climatic history during one of Earth’s coldest periods: The Late Paleozoic Ice Age; and the age an nature of the Chicxulub impact crater.

Google News Falsely Links Mexican Drought Story To ‘Climate Change’

A search of Google News today for the term “climate change” turns up a story from the Spanish daily newspaper El Pais (“the country,” in English) discussing the various harms people are suffering as a result of severe drought impacting…

Articles for Geosphere posted online in April

(Geological Society of America) GSA’s dynamic online journal, Geosphere, posts articles online regularly. Locations and topics studied this month include the Central Anatolian Plateau; the Southern Rocky Mountain Volcanic Field; petrogenesis in the Grand Canyon; and the evolution of the Portland and Tualatin forearc basins, Oregon.

New Geology articles published online ahead of print in April

(Geological Society of America) Thirty-one new articles were published online ahead of print for Geology in April. Topics include shocked zircon from the Chicxulub impact crater; the Holocene Sonoran Desert; the architecture of the Congo Basin; the southern Death Valley fault; missing water from the Qiangtang Basin; sulfide inclusions in diamonds; how Himalayan collision stems from subduction; ghost-dune hollows; and the history of the Larsen C Ice Shelf. These Geology articles are online at https://geology.geoscienceworld.org/content/early/recent.

Are Cow Farts Causing Global Warming? – Snopes.com

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the financial sector are transportation, electricity production, industry, residential housing, and agriculture. When agriculture’s role in the climate crisis is discussed online, the issue is…

Elsevier announces free special issue to support Earth Day 2021

(Elsevier) Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, is releasing a freely-available special issue of curated content focused on issues of climate action and restoration, in recognition of Earth Day 2021.

Announcing the 2021 BioOne Ambassador Award Winners

(BioOne) BioOne (about.BioOne.org) is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 BioOne Ambassador Award. These five early-career bioscience researchers successfully advanced through a rigorous competition with their peers. BioOne honors these scholars for their compelling communication of specialized biological research. BioOne Ambassador Award winners demonstrate a commitment to wide, accessible, and public dissemination of scientific research.

Predicting the next pandemic virus is harder than we think

(PLOS) The observation that most of the viruses that cause human diseases come from other animals has led some researchers to attempt “zoonotic risk prediction” to second-guess the next virus to hit us. However, in an Essay publishing in journal PLOS Biology, led by Dr Michelle Wille at the University of Sydney, Australia with co-authors Jemma Geoghegan and Edward Holmes, it is proposed that these zoonotic risk predictions are of limited value and will not tell us which virus will cause the next pandemic.