Climate change could make people more dependent on the iPhone, Apple says

The serious consequences of climate change are a topic frequently addressed by scientists around the world for a long time, but the British non-profit organization CDP she decided to treat the problem in a different way: she went after some of the largest companies in the world, asking companies to list practical effects of climate change on their operations, including risks and even opportunities brought about by the phenomena.

As reported by Bloomberg, Apple was one of the companies to answer the question and presented a different side of the coin in relation to what we usually think about climate change: the company said that people will become more dependent on their iPhones.

When people start experiencing weather events more often, we expect a greater need for confidence and preparation in the area of ​​personal safety and well-being of loved ones. Our mobile devices can serve as a flashlight or siren, they can offer first aid instructions, they can act as radios and they can be recharged for many days with automotive batteries or even manual chargers.

It is good to note that Apple's complete report contains much more information than published here; the CDP, however, highlighted only this section of the document. As Ma did not want to comment on the statements, it is difficult to know what other points were raised by the company.

Apple, however, was not the only company to cite a point that, at least in a superficial analysis, would be “positive” for its operations. THE Home Depot, a retailer of products for the home and civil construction, predicted an increase in sales of a series of products, such as air conditioners, fans, heaters and other equipment that help regulate temperatures.

Other giants are less positive: Coke, for example, says that the reduced availability of drinking water can compromise the production of its soft drinks. THE Intel, in turn, says that many of its operations are in semi-rigid regions or with limited water availability; if access to water sources becomes even more limited, chip production could suffer major upheavals.

On your side, Disney is concerned that climate change will alter the thermal comfort and accessibility of its parks, while ATT is concerned that the increase in forest fires and tornadoes represents a significant increase in spending on repairs to its network and with the relocation of towers and equipment in 2017, the operator spent $ 627 million on this type of activity.

CDP listened to more than 7,000 companies around the world and distributed notes analyzing “how well each company is aware of the problem, how they are managing it and how they are progressing towards established goals”. Apple received the maximum score "A", along with 29 other American companies.

via MacRumors