Apple believes climate change could increase iPhone sales in the future

William Gayde

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A non-profit environmental disclosure organization called CDP commissioned many top companies to provide a report on their company's environmental impact as well as how climate change might affect them. They received responses from more than 7,000 companies around the world, including 1,800 in the US.

Since the Trump administration continues to roll back policies meant to protect the environment, industry has slowly been preparing for what is to come. Many responses to CDP were to be expected, such as insurance companies planning for higher payouts and telecommunications companies worrying about their infrastructure getting knocked out. Disney for example is worried that rising temperatures may deter guests from staying at their parks. Intel and Coca-Cola both worry that droughts could increase costs.

Apple was one of the companies that saw climate change as a potential room for growth though. Features like the flashlight, weather predictions, and emergency contacts can all be very helpful in times of danger and Apple believes a growing number of customers will want these. Their response included the following statement:

“As people begin to experience severe weather events with greater frequency, we expect an increasing need for confidence and preparedness in the arena of personal safety and the well-being of loved ones [... Apple's devices] can serve as a flashlight or a siren; they can provide first aid instructions; they can act as a radio; and they can be charged for many days via car batteries or even hand cranks.’’

Most of the report was not made public and Apple declined to comment further. They did however receive an "A" rating from CDP on their current environmental performance along with 29 other US firms. Other companies that anticipate a benefit from climate change include those in the healthcare and building materials industries.

Given the current administration's lack of concern for the environment, we can all expect to see the effects of climate change in the products we buy unless drastic changes are made in the near future.

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kira setsu

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Holy heck, these companies are so greedy that they search for coin even when the planet becomes hostile against us, at this point big company cash chasing is bordering on corny sci-fi novella levels of lunacy.
 

fadingfool

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Article starts: As the effects of human-caused climate change continue to impact the planet in more profound ways.

What IPCC AR5 concludes:
"There is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century”
“Current datasets indicate no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century … No robust trends in annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes counts have been identified over the past 100 years in the North Atlantic basin”
“In summary, there continues to be a lack of evidence and thus low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale”
“In summary, the current assessment concludes that there is not enough evidence at present to suggest more than low confidence in a global-scale observed trend in drought or dryness (lack of rainfall) since the middle of the 20th century due to lack of direct observations, geographical inconsistencies in the trends, and dependencies of inferred trends on the index choice. Based on updated studies, AR4 conclusions regarding global increasing trends in drought since the 1970s were probably overstated. However, it is likely that the frequency and intensity of drought has increased in the Mediterranean and West Africa and decreased in central North America and north-west Australia since 1950”
“In summary, confidence in large scale changes in the intensity of extreme extratropical cyclones since 1900 is low”
(link https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg1/

Who to believe?
 

dogofwars

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Article starts: As the effects of human-caused climate change continue to impact the planet in more profound ways.

What IPCC AR5 concludes:
"There is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century”
“Current datasets indicate no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century … No robust trends in annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes counts have been identified over the past 100 years in the North Atlantic basin”
“In summary, there continues to be a lack of evidence and thus low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale”
“In summary, the current assessment concludes that there is not enough evidence at present to suggest more than low confidence in a global-scale observed trend in drought or dryness (lack of rainfall) since the middle of the 20th century due to lack of direct observations, geographical inconsistencies in the trends, and dependencies of inferred trends on the index choice. Based on updated studies, AR4 conclusions regarding global increasing trends in drought since the 1970s were probably overstated. However, it is likely that the frequency and intensity of drought has increased in the Mediterranean and West Africa and decreased in central North America and north-west Australia since 1950”
“In summary, confidence in large scale changes in the intensity of extreme extratropical cyclones since 1900 is low”
(link https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg1/)

Who to believe?

Does it come from a study in China, the place where every report are doctored???

Edit:
Never mind it come from Switzerland. This report is still sketchy though. The number did not climb up yes but there is a few of them that are more dangerous then ever.

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Reachable

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Holy heck, these companies are so greedy that they search for coin even when the planet becomes hostile against us, at this point big company cash chasing is bordering on corny sci-fi novella levels of lunacy.
Ha-ha! I nominate this for Comment of the Decade. I laughed out loud 120 dB.

But, oh, the situation is so grotesque. Healthcare and building materials companies gleefully anticipating an increase in business. Apple's statement is just an untruth (meant to encourage investment.) Fewer people = fewer iPhones.

One industry that will fare especially unwell is health insurance. They'll either go bankrupt from huge payouts or they'll have to raise their premiums to the point where nobody will participate and they'll go bankrupt. Or, hopefully, there'll be Medicare for All, in which case they'll go bankrupt. Bye bye.
 

Underdog

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“As people begin to experience severe weather events with greater frequency, we expect an increasing need for confidence and preparedness in the arena of personal safety and the well-being of loved ones [... Apple's devices] can serve as a flashlight or a siren; they can provide first aid instructions; they can act as a radio; and they can be charged for many days via car batteries or even hand cranks.’’

Hasn't anyone noticed that the so-called benefits of owning an Iphone can be had equally on any cheapo smartphone?