Apple massively expands its global recycling programs

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Apple has already recycled nearly 1 million devices.
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Apple’s efforts to be the greenest company in tech continue with a major expansion to its global recycling programs.

It will be easier than ever for customers to send old iPhone units off for recycling. Apple is also opening a new Material Recovery Lab in Austin, Texas. The lab will use robots and machine learning to improve the company’s recycling processes.

Apple expands coding initiatives in Indonesia and Singapore

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It will be easier to access Apple's coding courses in Southeast Asia.
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Apple this week confirmed the expansion of coding initiatives in Southeast Asia.

The company is opening a second Apple Developer Academy in Surabaya, Indonesia, to help aspiring developers. It also plans to expand its App Development with Swift curriculum at partner schools in Singapore.

Apple invests to save Colombian mangrove forest

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Apple invests in mangrove forests like this one. They could be key to fighting climate change.
Mangrove forests like this one could be key to fighting climate change.
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Apple is on a mission to help save the world’s disappearing mangrove forests.

Mangrove forests suck up a huge amount of carbon dioxide from the air. Half of all mangrove forests on Earth have been lost since 1940, but Apple is making a big investment to help save one particular forest in Colombia in an effort to curb climate change.

Why it’s a big deal that Lisa Jackson spoke at Apple’s iPhone XS event

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Apple VP Lisa Jackson showcases Apple's environmental efforts during the Gather Round event.
Lisa Jackson showcases Apple's green innovation during the Gather Round event.
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It’s an incredibly big deal that Wednesday’s Gather Round keynote featured Lisa Jackson, Apple’s head of environmental initiatives.

The annual iPhone unveiling is Apple’s biggest product event of the year. Every single word and image is carefully calibrated to do one thing, and one thing only: sell as many of the new products as possible.

So why did Tim Cook turn over several precious minutes to Jackson to talk about renewable energy and recycling?

Tim Cook attends Trump’s first state dinner

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Tim Cook sat down to dinner with Donald Trump, along with dozens of other politicians and CEOs.
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President Donald Trump held his first White House state dinner tonight since moving into the Oval Office, and Apple CEO Tim Cook was on the guest list.

The left-leaning Cook might have felt very much in the minority. Trump didn’t invite a single Democratic member of Congress to the dinner, but arch-conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch was in attendance.

Apple VP slams Trump’s EPA over lack of transparency

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Apple should focus on building durable products, Lisa Jackson says.
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Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson has criticized the Trump administration for hurting the Environmental Protection Agency. Jackson worked as an administrator for the EPA during the first term of President Obama’s presidency, prior to taking her current job at Apple.

“The EPA has been run by Democrats, by Republicans, but has never, in its history — that is 40+ years old — been run by someone who seems to be determined to do the one thing that could destroy its credibility, which is not making it transparent,” Jackson told the audience at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference.

Apple grows a forest in quirky new Earth Day 2017 video

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Earth Day 2017 has long since passed but Apple’s still not done busting out its quirky videos that celebrate the company’s green environmental protection initiatives.

In Apple’s latest hand-drawn ad published today, the company showcased its efforts to preserve forests so that the paper used in all of its packaging is done in a sustainable way. With a goal of preserving nearly 1 million acres of forest by 2020, Apple hopes 99% of the fibers and papers will come responsible sources and recycling.

Watch Lisa Jackson explain:

Apple issues $1 billion green bond to fight climate change

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Yak-friendly solar farms are one of Apple's big green projects.
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Apple is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to fighting climate change.

This morning, the iPhone maker issued a new $1 billion bond on with a special rule that proceeds raised from the bond sale will go towards investment in renewable energy projects.

iPhone gets reincarnated in Apple’s new Earth Day ad

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L.I.A.M. works his magic in the new Apple ad.
L.I.A.M. works his magic in the new Apple ad.
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Earth Day 2017 festivities ended over a month ago, but that’s not stopping Apple from busting out another one of the quirky cartoon videos it made for the holiday.

Apple published a new Earth Day video today that highlights the problems it faces in regards to recycling materials from old iPhones. The ad explains how iPhone parts get a second life after Apple’s robot Liam has stripped them all away.

Al Gore to talk climate change at SF Apple store

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Al Gore at the 2009 National Clean Energy Summit.
Al Gore at the 2009 National Clean Energy Summit.
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Al Gore will speak about climate change this week during an appearance at Apple’s flagship store in San Francisco.

The ex-veep — now a filmmaker, writer and environmental activist — will be joined by Apple VP of Environment Lisa Jackson, who served as head of the Environmental Protection Agency during the first four years of the Obama administration. Anyone can attend the event, during which the pair will talk about Apple’s ongoing commitment to the environment.