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Bill Gates issued a stark warning for the world: ‘As awful as this pandemic is, climate change could be worse’

Bill Gates issued a stark warning for the world: 'As awful as this pandemic is, climate change could be worse'

-As the coronavirus pandemic has spread around the world, with millions infected and thousands dead, billionaire Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has pledged a quarter billion dollars to combat the disease through his foundation.

-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. "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 has been an advocate for pandemic preparedness for years, and his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is contributing financing to several coronavirus vaccine initiatives.
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.

Now, Gates is once again urging preparedness for a potentially devastating emergency.

"As awful as this pandemic is, climate change could be worse," Gates said in a blog published on Tuesday. "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. 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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