by Shawn Langlois
‘By 2060, climate change could be just as deadly as COVID-19, and by 2100, it could be five times as deadly.’
That’s Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates urging the government to address climate change with the same “sense of urgency” as it has the coronavirus crisis. If the proper measures aren’t taken, he wrote in a blog post this week, then the impact could be far more devastating.
Gates put the mortality rate of coronavirus at about 14 deaths per 100,000. By the end of the century, if the emissions growth rate stays its current course, he said we could be faced with an extra 73 deaths per 100,000 people due to rising global temperatures.