Amazon rainforest destruction is at its highest rate in more than a decade

Fires in the Amazon rainforest this year have contributed to the highest rate of deforestation in more than a decade, according to new measurements. | Johannes Myburgh/AFP/Getty Images New satellite measurements show an alarming spike in deforestation this year. Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has surged to its highest rate in more than a decade, according to new data from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). It’s an alarming development in one of the…

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How to follow (and listen to) Recode’s Code Media conference in Los Angeles

Adam Tow Leaders at Facebook, Verizon Media, Condé Nast, and more join us this week. Recode’s annual Code Media conference kicks off on Monday, November 18, in Los Angeles. Senior Media Correspondent Peter Kafka will be hosting two days of hard-hitting, unscripted interviews with: Carolyn Everson, Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook Guru Gowrappan, CEO of Verizon Media Roger Lynch, CEO of Condé Nast Jason Robins, CEO and co-founder of DraftKings Tig Notaro,…

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The Walmart shooting is part of a typical week for America

Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images There are a lot of shootings in America. Last week, a shooter at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, killed two people and injured three others. Over the weekend, a shooter at a party in Fresno, California, killed four and wounded six more. Today, a shooting at a Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma, reportedly killed three people — including, potentially, the gunman. It’s moments like these that can make it…

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We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2019. Here’s what we thought.

Amanda Northrop/Vox The Vox staff reviewed all the finalists in each of five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature. Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 25 books — five fiction, five nonfiction, five poetry, five translated, five young adult — for the National Book Award, which celebrates the best of American literature. And every year (well, every year since 2014), we here at Vox read all 25 finalists to help…

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16 great documentaries from this year and how to watch them

Pahokee and Sing Me a Song are among the fascinating nonfiction films that started touring the festival circuit in 2019. | Sundance / Participant Media From con artists to cults, nonfiction cinema is rich right now. A “documentary” is never just one thing. It might be a memoir, a polemic, a comedy, a thriller, a romance — the sky’s the limit. Truth is frequently stranger than fiction, and if we’re lucky, much more interesting, too….

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