Bill Gates launches book on climate change
Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates said the goal of achieving “zero” net carbon emissions by 2030 is “completely unworkable” and insisted that the world will need a “transition” period of three decades.
Gates was interviewed on Fox News’ program ‘Fox News Sunday’ about his new book ‘How to avoid a climate disaster’, in which he urges to eliminate the current 51 billion tons of greenhouse gases by 2050 to avoid a “catastrophe”.
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“There is no magic date when everything is good until then and terrible once the boundary is crossed; it is quite linear, as we know, AND 2050 turns out to be the earliest realistic date for the world to change all these types of emissions, “explained journalist Chris Wallace.
“It is completely unfeasible to think that we could eliminate emissions by 2030, and not seeing that this problem is complex will be part of the difficulty of committing to it (…)”, he declared, asked about the criticism of his approach, that some activists considered slow.
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Among the consequences of not reaching the goal he proposes for 2050, Gates warned that the planet could see a migration 10 times higher than that caused by the civil war in Syria because the “equatorial areas will become uninhabitable” and it will not be possible to be abroad in summer.
It is completely unrealistic to think that we could eliminate emissions by 2030, and not seeing that this problem is complex will be part of the difficulty of committing to it
The American philanthropist also advocated offsetting the elimination of potentially hundreds of thousands of jobs in agriculture and fossil fuels with new skills and positions that allow communities that make a living from them to integrate into the transition.
Regarding current affairs, Gates, one of the major funders of vaccines against covid-19, assured that he sees “the light at the end of the tunnel” as the population is immunized, and He refuted arguments that attribute the blackouts after the winter storm in Texas to clean energy.
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“It is not true,” said the businessman, explaining that the electrical blackouts have been due to the fact that some energy systems of the state were not made to be weatherproof, especially those thermal power plants and to a lesser extent wind turbines.
To the skeptics of the climate crisis in Texas he sent a message: “There is no doubt that we are putting CO2 into the atmosphere, nor that that increases temperatures, and that affects the climate. And hence the bad effects, be it the change in agriculture in Texas, fires, the death of coral reefs, the rise in the level of the oceans… There is strong evidence. “
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