Gates on climate change

As an aside in his (and Melinda’s) 2015 Gates Annual Letter Bill Gates addresses climate change.

It is fair to ask whether the progress we’re predicting will be stifled by climate change. The most dramatic problems caused by climate change are more than 15 years away, but the long-term threat is so serious that the world needs to move much more aggressively — right now — to develop energy sources that are cheaper, can deliver on demand, and emit zero carbon dioxide.

The next 15 years are a pivotal time when these energy sources need to be developed so they’ll be ready to deploy before the effects of climate change become severe. Bill is investing time in this work personally (not through our foundation) and will continue to speak out about it.

Regardless of the arguments about the degree of climate change we are causing and experiencing working as quickly as possible towards a low carbon energy future is something that has to happen and the sooner the better.

We should work on energy conservation to reduce energy needs.

And it makes sense to move as much and as quickly as possible towards more renable energy sources without crashing society.

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  1. Kittycatkin

     /  25th January 2015

    I’d like to know what effect, if any, the massive amount of pollution in the c.19 had on climate change.

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