Bill Gates says climate change will be as deadly as coronavirus by 2060
Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates in an interview with Bloomberg has reiterated his concern for climate change. Gates said that the government did not look out despite the warnings and that climate fits the same paradigm. “Sadly, the problem gets worse and worse, and there isn’t a solution like a vaccine where you can spend tens of billions of dollars and bring it to a close. No, climate change is much harder. The damage that will be done every year will be greater than what we’ve seen during this pandemic."
Gates had earlier noted this point in his blog post: "If you want to understand the kind of damage that climate change will inflict, look at COVID-19 and spread the pain out over a much longer period of time. The loss of life and economic misery caused by this pandemic are on par with what will happen regularly if we do not eliminate the world’s carbon emissions," Gates said.
Gates said that by 2060, climate change could be just as deadly as COVID-19, and by 2100 it could be five times as deadly.
"Within the next 40 years, increases in global temperatures are projected to raise global mortality rates by the same amount—14 deaths per 100,000. By the end of the century, if emissions growth stays high, climate change could be responsible for 73 extra deaths per 100,000 people. In a lower emissions scenario, the death rate drops to 10 per 100,000," Gates explained taking an annualised death rate of 14 per 100,000 people due to COVID 19.
On conspiracy theories accusing Bill Gates of bringing in coronavirus through microchips, Gates said, it’s crazy to suggest the opposite. “We make vaccines, and that has saved millions of lives. To somehow say that a vaccine is malign or that the deaths aren’t really taking place, it’s surprising to me how interesting that is, and it spreads far more quickly than the truth. How should these social media platforms try to avoid being the source of these weirdly interesting falsehoods? That’s a debate or discussion we’re going to have to continue to have.”
Bill Gates in his blog had written that the projections of the lesser release of greenhouse gases in the backdrop of reduced activity have been overstated. "You may have seen projections that, because economic activity has slowed down so much, the world will emit fewer greenhouse gases this year than last year. Although these projections are certainly true, their importance for the fight against climate change has been overstated," Gates wrote.
Gates said that if people were to learn the lessons of COVID-19, they can approach climate change more informed about the consequences of inaction, and more prepared to save lives and prevent the worst possible outcome. “The current global crisis can inform our response to the next one,” Gates wrote.