Podcast: TED Talks series - Bill Gates: Innovating to Zero!

TED Talks


27:49 minutes

TED Talks series, FILMED FEB 2010 - POSTED FEB 2010 - TED2010

At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future, describing the need for "miracles" to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he's backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.

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Learning Goals

Bill Gates wants to explain the reality that just cutting down on greenhouse emissions is not enough, but that people need to change to a zero-emission lifestyle in order to solve the climate crisis in time.

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This material can be used to understand the rate at which the Earth is deteriorating because of human influence; and that in order to rectify the damage caused, humans must change their energy use completely to being zero-emissions. This material also addresses the fact that the climate crisis will effect so much more than just the environment of Earth, but also the water and food security of all humans.


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A passionate techie and a shrewd businessman, Bill Gates changed the world once, while leading Microsoft to dizzying success. Now he's set to do it again with his own style of philanthropy and passion for innovation. Full Bio>>


Talks, T. (2012). Podcast: TED Talks series - Bill Gates: Innovating to Zero!