Bill Gates warns: ‘Climate change could be worse than pandemic’

Bill Gates, who has already earmarked 250 million dollars to fight the new coronavirus, published a letter on his blog warning about the need to prepare the world for future emergencies. According to the billionaire, “as terrible as the pandemic is, climate change could be even worse.” And he adds: “If you want to understand the damage from this threat, look at the impacts of covid-19 and extend them over a much longer period.”

Dedicated to discussions on issues surrounding the future of humanity, Gates participated in a TED Talk in 2015 in which he spoke about the potentially staggering number of deaths that a highly infectious disease could create. This time, he says: “In the next 40 years, the increase in global temperature tends to raise mortality rates to 14 per 100,000 inhabitants — the same as we are facing now.” According to him, if containment actions are not performed, things can get much more complicated.

“If, by the end of the century, emissions [de carbono] remain high, it is expected that they are responsible for 73 deaths per 100,000 people. In a scenario of lower emissions, the rate drops to 10”, he explains.

New challenges for humanity

Regardless of the scenario, Bill Gates maintains the position that mortality from climate change will be equal to or greater than that of the current pandemic. “By 2060, it will be as terrible as with covid-19 and, by 2100, five times more.” Not leaving aside the economic aspect, he adds that expenses to deal with the negative effects of high temperatures will be equally brutal, with the difference that more frequent: every 10 years.

“By the end of the century, it will be much worse if the world stays on its current path. The loss of life and economic misery caused by this pandemic are aware of what will happen regularly if we do not eliminate global carbon emissions.”

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