Sometimes you have to spend money to save money — and a major new report finds that spending $1.8 trillion on climate adaptation projects would result in $7.1 trillion in total net benefits. The report predicts that the most impressive returns will come from investments that strengthen early warning systems for disasters like storms and floods.
By Sandi Doughton
With more than $40 billion in assets and the world’s richest man at the helm, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation might seem well-positioned to ride out any political storm.
But the Trump administration’s proposal to slash funding for the global health and development causes the Seattle foundation holds dear sent shivers through even the country’s most powerful philanthropy.
In his 2016 year-in-review blog, Bill Gates names University of Washington President Dr. Ana Mari Cauce as one of his 'favorite fanatics', for imagining and realizing the Population Health Initiative and for her dedication to improving the lives and health of all people.
In an interview with Scientific American the philanthropist talks about the statistics that inspire him most including the work of Professor Christopher Murray and his leadership of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.