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Toronto ponders EV mandate for Ubers, taxis

Ride-sharing in Toronto could soon become an eco-friendly way to travel, which might make you feel a little better about all those Uber charges. 

Driving the news: Following the lead of cities like Amsterdam and New York, Toronto is considering requiring vehicles-for-hire — like taxis, Ubers, and Lyfts — to be zero emission by 2031, under a new recommendation by the Municipal Licensing and Standards division. 
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Amazon goes green(ish)

In an effort to offset the environmental impact of its business (and its founder’s 417-foot, US$500 million superyacht), Amazon is getting into the carbon capture game. 

Driving the news: Amazon has made its first investment in direct air capture technology (DAC), purchasing 250,000 tons of carbon removal credits over 10 years from 1PointFive, a DAC plant in Texas. 
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Firefighters make progress battling BC blaze

British Columbia introduced travel restrictions and expanded evacuation orders over the weekend as wildfires continue to rage in the province, but officials expressed optimism yesterday that fire crews were turning the corner in the battle to contain the blazes.

Why it matters: Around 35,000 people in BC and 30,000 in the Northwest Territories (75% of the territory’s population) have been displaced in the past week amid Canada’s worst wildfire season on record.
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Yellowknife evacuates

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Why are Nova Scotian waters glowing pink?

Waters in Nova Scotia were glowing pink on Thursday, and no, it wasn’t a viral marketing stunt for Pepto-Bismol or an alien menace that crash-landed into the sea.

What happened:
Researchers from Dalhousie University and greentech company Planetary Technologies dumped 500 litres of pink fluorescent dye into the waters around Halifax Harbour in Dartmouth to see how far the dye would travel into the Atlantic Ocean.
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Derek Nighbor on Canada’s wildfires

On this week’s episode of Free Lunch by The Peak, we sat down with Derek Nighbor to discuss why Canada’s wildfire season took such a dark turn this year, and how governments can prepare for next year.
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The race is on to make flying cleaner

In addition to adding oat milk and Aperol Spritzes to their in-flight menu, Air Canada is making moves to add more sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Driving the news: The nation’s largest airline entered an agreement with SAF producer Air Company to use its unique “power-to-liquid" aviation fuel.
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Millions across North America under air quality advisory

As Canadian wildfires place millions of Americans under air quality advisories again this week, get ready for our southern neighbours to get mad at us all over again

What happened: Per CNN, about 70 million people from New York to Montana could be under air quality advisories as Canadian wildfires spread toward the border. On Sunday, the Canadian military was deployed in BC to help local authorities fight roughly 380 fires
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New epoch just dropped

Humanity could soon enter a new geological epoch, and it all starts in Canada. 

What happened: Researchers have chosen Crawford Lake in Milton, Ontario, as the place that best signifies the start of the Anthropocene—the new geological epoch in which human activity is the dominant influence impacting the planet’s climate and environment. 
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The economic cost of wildfires piles up

Money might not grow on trees, but it turns out burning trees cost a lot of money. 

Driving the news: Per The New York Times, Canada’s record-bad start to its wildfire season—20 million acres burned, 155,800 evacuated, and almost $1 billion in firefighting costs—highlights the mounting pressures that come with worsening natural disasters. 
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