During an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday, the co-founder of Microsoft spoke discussed criticisms of his proposed solutions to reaching zero emissions. Some critics claim Mr Gates’ trajectory is too slow compared to the goal of reaching net-zero emissions over the next decade.
But Mr Gates said: “It’s completely unrealistic to think we could eliminate emissions by 2030.”
He added: “Not seeing that this problem is hard will be part of the difficulty of getting engaged in it.”
The software developer warned worsening climate change issues will impact other geopolitical factors.
The world’s fourth richest man said: “The migration that we saw out of Syria for their civil war was somewhat weather-dependant.
“We’re going to have 10 times as much migration because the equatorial areas will become unliveable, you won’t be able to farm or go outside during the summer.”
He added: “It’s all a matter of degree.
“If we wait 10 more years it’s not as bad as if we wait 20 or you wait 30 because the temperature just keeps going up.”
Earlier this month, Mr Gates claimed that ending the coronavirus pandemic is “very, very easy” compared with tackling global warming.
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Mr Gates published a guide book this month titled ‘How to Avoid a Climate Disaster’.
According to reports, the world typically adds 51 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year.
In November last year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled an ambitious 10-point plan to tackle climate change.
The plan included hastening the end of petrol and diesel cars, hydrogen, new nuclear and carbon capture.
He also pledged to inject a further £40 million into green spaces in England to restore species and combat climate change.