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.