Bill Gates says climate change 'could be worse' than COVID

Bill Gates says climate change 'could be worse' than COVID

In a letter published to his blog, Bill Gates is once again sounding the alarm for emergency preparedness: "As awful as this pandemic is, climate change could be worse," Gates said.

He also famously gave a 2015 TED talk warning of the potential devastation caused by — and urged readiness for — a worldwide pandemic.

Bill Gates has advocated for pandemic preparedness for years, and famously gave a TED talk in 2015 that warned of the potentially staggering death toll a worldwide pandemic could create.

"Within the next 40 years, increases in global temperatures are projected to raise global mortality rates by the same amount — 14 deaths per 100,000," he said.

In either projection, Gates said, the mortality rate is either similar to current coronavirus death rates, or far higher.

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