Tim Cook talks climate change at sustainability nonprofit event in New York

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Tim Cook talks climate change at sustainability nonprofit event in New York
Tim Cook has pushed sustainability throughout his time as Apple CEO.
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Tim Cook talked Apple’s commitment to sustainability and renewable energy in a keynote speech at the Ceres 30th Anniversary Gala in New York City Monday night.

Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit that works with companies to tackle environmental issues. Cook described how Apple views battling climate change as an opportunity.

7 reasons people are keeping old iPhones much longer

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The iPhone 5 might have been Apple’s coolest iPhone design.
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Apple is set to make 5 billion dollars less this quarter than it previously expected. That’s a pretty big deal, and it’s down to two major things. One was an “economic weakness in some emerging markets.” The other was that Apple said it sold “fewer iPhone upgrades than we had anticipated.”

That second one is very interesting. Why aren’t people upgrading? There are two possibilities. One is that they’re switching to Android. The other is that people are holding onto their old iPhones for much longer. Why’s that?

Apple seeks to silence activist shareholders at its annual general meeting

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Apple doesn't want to talk sustainability or human rights at its 2018 AGM.
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Apple may be very happy to talk environmental issues and human rights when it suits it to do so — but not at its shareholder meetings.

According to a new report, Apple is “pushing back” on four activist shareholder proposals to discuss these issues at its annual general meeting (AGM) early in 2018. The reason? Because Apple says they relate to “ordinary business” and are already areas that Apple is dealing with. In other words, don’t worry about it!

The great lengths Apple goes to for eco-friendly packaging

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Apple's EarPods packaging is some of its most environmentally friendly.
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Apple has taken big steps toward making its products more sustainable. As part of that mission, it just released a new “Paper and Packaging Strategy” white paper, which lays out the various measures the company is taking to lower the environmental impact its packaging has on the world.

Apple wants all its devices to be made from recycled or renewable materials

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Future iPhones will be made from 100 percent recycled and renewable materials.
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Apple has pledged to end its reliance on mining, and to make its devices from only renewable or recycled materials — although it’s not announced any timeline to do so.

The pledge was announced as part of the company’s Environmental Responsibility Report.

Apple will defend its Ireland data center plans this month

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New data center will be one of Apple's biggest projects in Europe to date.
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Apple’s proposed 850 million euro ($960 million) data centre in Athenry, Ireland may be one of the most environmentally-friendly projects the company has yet put its name to, but that’s not stopping locals from kicking up a fuss about it.

This month, Apple will defend its plans during a hearing to be held on Tuesday 24 May in Galway City, when Cupertino representatives will attempt to convince An Bord Pleanála, an independent, statutory body which decides on appeals from planning decisions made by local authorities in Ireland.

Apple steps up its clean energy efforts in China

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Apple is now carbon neutral in China. But it's not stopping there.
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Apple and Foxconn are teaming up to build solar power plants that will ensure its iPhone-manufacturing factories in China run on 100 percent clean energy.

Foxconn has committed to constructing more than 400 megawatts of solar power plants, beginning in China’s Henan Province, by 2018. Apple will also build an addition 200 megawatts of solar projects throughout China, helping offset the carbon produced by the rest of its supply chain.