(Bill Gates) said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s billionaire founder: Solving the problem of climate change represents one of the most amazing things that humanity has ever done, and in comparison, ending the Corona virus epidemic is very easy, he claimed.
Gates’ new book, How to Avoid a Climate Catastrophe, is a guide to tackling global warming, and he said: Do not underestimate the challenge, as we have never made a transition like we are talking about doing in the next 30 years, and there is no precedent for that.
The world adds fifty-one billion tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere every year.
And we need to go to zero, and that means reducing emissions to a level where any remaining greenhouse gas emissions are offset by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere.
One way to do this is by growing trees that absorb carbon dioxide through their leaves, and Gates’ focus is on how technology can help us make the journey.
Renewable sources like wind and solar can help us remove carbon from electricity, but, as Gates points out, that’s less than 30 percent of total emissions.
We also have to decarbonize the other 70 percent of the global economy – steel, cement, transportation systems, fertilizer production and much more.
And we don’t have ways to do it right now for many of these sectors, and according to Gates, this is going to be an innovation effort on a scale the world has never seen before, and he argues that this should start with governments.
The economic system currently does not price the true cost of using fossil fuels, and most users do not pay anything for the damage to the environment caused by pollution from gasoline, coal or gas.
Gates argues that this requires massive investment from governments in research and development, as well as support to allow the market for new products and technologies to grow, and thus help lower prices.
On the issue of climate, he stresses that it is impossible to avoid a catastrophe, especially for those who live near the equator, without governments around the world standing behind the effort.
It is noteworthy that (Bill Gates) co-founded Microsoft in 1975, and he is the fourth richest person in the world with a net worth of 124 billion dollars, and donated about 50 billion dollars through a charity he founded with his wife Melinda in 1994.
Gates stopped working daily at Microsoft in 2008 to focus on philanthropic endeavors, and the current focus includes global health, development, education, and tackling climate change.