Branson warns that oil crunch is coming within five years
• Virgin chief and fellow business leaders call for action
• Energy crisis threatens to be more serious than credit crunch
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 7 February 2010 20.18 GMT
Sir Richard Branson and fellow leading businessmen will warn ministers this week that the world is running out of oil and faces an oil crunch within five years.
The founder of the Virgin group, whose rail, airline and travel companies are sensitive to energy prices, will say that the coming crisis could be even more serious than the credit crunch.
"The next five years will see us face another crunch – the oil crunch. This time, we do have the chance to prepare. The challenge is to use that time well," Branson will say. moreAnd matter how much you hate Word, you must admit Gates is a pretty smart cookie who has been having his ears filled with some of the most carefully thought-out advice in human history. People who get to have face-time with Bill Gates come prepared.
Bill Gates' TED Speech 2010: Climate Change Is Bigger Issue Than Vaccine Development
First Posted: 02-12-10 07:56 PM
Microsoft founder Bill Gates took on climate change during his TED Talk Friday. He told those at the technology conference that climate change will cause poverty and famine that will disproportionately affect the world's poorest people.
To cut CO2 emissions to zero and stop climate change -- a problem that he said is bigger than creating new vaccines -- Gates urged researchers to find clean sources of energy. CNN Reports:
Gates said the deadline for the world to cut all of its carbon emissions is 2050. He suggested that researchers spend the next 20 years inventing and perfecting clean-energy technologies, and then the next 20 years implementing them. more