Solving corona easy compared with climate: Bill Gates

16 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Solving corona easy compared with climate: Bill Gates

Fifty-one billion and zero - the two numbers Bill Gates says you need to know about climate, reports BBC.

Solving climate change would be “the most amazing thing humanity has ever done”, says the billionaire founder of Microsoft. By comparison, ending the pandemic is “very, very easy”, he claims.

Gates’s new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, is a guide to tackling global warming. Don’t underestimate the scale of the challenge, he told me when we spoke last week. “We’ve never made a transition like we’re talking about doing in the next 30 years. There is no precedent for this.”

Fifty-one billion is how many tonnes of greenhouse gases the world typically adds to the atmosphere each year.

Net zero is where we need to get to.

This means cutting emissions to a level where any remaining greenhouse gas releases are balanced out by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere. One way to do this is by planting trees, which soak up CO2 through their leaves.

Gates’ focus is on how technology can help us make that journey.