Why the Amazon’s On Fire, a Robocall Fight, and More News

Humans are fueling the fire in the Amazon, a powerful group has assembled to fight robocalls, and we've got some ideas on how to keep your kids occupied while traveling. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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Humans, not drought, are fueling the Amazon's flames

The Amazon is burning, but climate change isn't the only thing fueling it. Populist Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been encouraging settlers to invade protected indigenous areas and natural parks that had been off limits for decades, and satellite imagery shows that the fires center around these very settlements and transportation corridors. This past July was already the hottest month on record, but a burning Amazon is likely to kick the global temperature up even more.

The fight against robocalls has powerful new allies

Annoyed at all those robocalls you get? Well, the fight against them just got a boost from significant players : attorneys general from all 50 US states, plus a dozen major telecoms, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Comcast. The powerful group has agreed to some anti-robocalling "principles" that would dramatically decrease the number of robocalls we all get every day. Will they work? As one expert puts it, "It'll be important to see whether this is something real or ultimately just the equivalent of thoughts and prayers."

Fast Fact: 77 Percent

That's the percentage of the workforces at Google, Apple, and Facebook that are male. A new survey by Girls Who Code finds that many young women, whom the tech industry is counting on to diversify its heavily male workforce, are put off by toxic interviews with those companies.

WIRED Recommends: Travel Gear

Heading out onto the open road with kids in tow isn't easy—but the experience can be improved with the right gear. Here areour suggestions.

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