Evidence of the Tide Turning on Climate Change (or is that sea level dropping, it’s hard to tell)

Bill Gates is now pointing out that spending money on climate change could end up taking money from real, immediate causes like health.

Gates, the Microsoft Corp co-founder whose $34 billion (21 billion pounds) foundation is fighting malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and other diseases in developing countries, expressed concern about the amount of spending pledged at December’s Copenhagen global climate meeting.

Participants at the meeting agreed to a target of channelling $100 billion per year to developing countries to combat climate change by 2020. Gates said that amount represents more than three quarters of foreign aid currently given by the richest countries per year.

“I am concerned that some of this money will come from reducing other categories of foreign aid, especially health,” Gates wrote in a letter, released late Sunday, describing the work of his foundation.

“If just 1 percent of the $100 billion goal came from vaccine funding, then 700,000 more children could die from preventable diseases,” Gates added.

Taking the focus away from health aid could be bad for the environment in the long run, said Gates, “because improvements in health, including voluntary family planning, lead people to have smaller families, which in turn reduces the strain on the environment.”

There’s not much point “saving” people from sea level rises that never happen when they’re dead.

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