Bill Gates says, by comparison, ending the pandemic will be relatively easy compared to solving climate change, as he releases a new book entitled, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” a guide for curing global warming.
Microsoft founder and billionaire, Bill Gates, has written a new book entitled: “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” which is a guide for actions to take to tackle global warming and climate change, the BBC reported.
Gates says that bringing an end to the coronavirus pandemic will be “very, very easy” by comparison to the scale of the challenge of tackling global warming.
“We’ve never made a transition like we’re talking about doing in the next 30 years,” Gates says. “There is no precedent for this.”
Gates adds, however, that bringing climate change under control would be “the most amazing thing humanity has ever done.”
Gates says that, when it comes to climate change, there are only two numbers we need to know: 51 billion and zero.
Gates says that 51 billion is how many tons of greenhouse gases are typically added to Earth’s atmosphere every year around the world. Net-zero is the number of greenhouse gas emissions we need to get to in order to reverse climate change.
To avoid a climate disaster, we need to eliminate emissions from the ways we create electricity, grow food, make things, move around, and heat and cool our buildings. It won’t be easy, but I believe we can do it. This book is about what it will take. https://t.co/xyzs0x6CwB
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) February 15, 2021
In a net-zero scenario, any remaining greenhouse gas released can be balanced by setting up ways to absorb an equivalent amount from the atmosphere. One way this can be achieved is through the planting of enough trees to absorb the excess CO2 through their leaves.
Any effort to bring climate change under control will require a massive effort. Gates says this has to start with governments. He argues that governments will need to invest in the research and development, and that such an investment will have a huge price tag.
“We have to price signals to tell the private sector that we want green products,” Gates says. At the same time, he says government support will be necessary to allow the market for new products and technologies to grow, which in turn, will help drive prices down.
As the BBC pointed out, there’s a bit of hypocrisy. Gates had a reputation for arguing against regulation that stifled innovation when he was building Microsoft into a dominant company. Now, it seems, the shoe is on the other foot as he calls for government intervention.
Gates also called out the Republican Party in the US, saying it needs to recognize the importance of tackling climate change.