Bill Gates warns climate change could be worse than the coronavirus discusses why Bill Gates warns climate change could be worse than the coronavirus. The Microsoft co-founder says we can use lessons from the pandemic to guide our response to the next crisis.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has warned that while COVID-19 is “awful,” the climate change crisis could be even worse. While conceding it’s hard to focus on anything other than the coronavirus pandemic at the moment, Gates said Wednesday that we must accelerate efforts to deal with climate change now to avoid a climate disaster.

“If you want to understand the kind of damage that climate change will inflict, look at COVID-19 and spread the pain out over a much longer period of time,” Gates wrote on his blog. “The loss of life and economic misery caused by this pandemic are on par with what will happen regularly if we do not eliminate the world’s carbon emissions.”

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