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Bill Gates has come up with a serious issue related to climate change and it is cow farts

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Washington, Feb 19: They say that great people keep in mind every minute detail when they speak. And billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates have come up with a suggestion that not many of us had thought about before. And it is tackling cow farts as part of the battle against climate change.

Bill Gates

The unique warning by the Gates came in their annual letter in which they talk about key issues that the world faces in current times.

Read the letter authored by Bill and Melinda Gates here

This year, the famed couple spoke about climate change and focused on how manufacturing contributes 21 per cent to the greenhouse gases.

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Bill said the fast rise in urban population will see more buildings coming up and that means more cement and steel. He cautioned that the world needs to come up with ways to accommodate the rising population without hurting the climate.

He also added that besides manufacturing, agriculture too contributes to 24 per cent of the greenhouse gases and here is where the issue of cow fart becomes relevant.

"Manufacturing isn't the only big emitter. Agriculture accounts for 24 percent of greenhouse gases. That includes cattle, which give off methane when they belch and pass gas. (A personal surprise for me: I never thought I'd be writing seriously about bovine flatulence.)," he wrote in the co-authored letter.

Bill also said that finding a solution to these problems is not easy as the progress of development can't be compromised and said we rather needed "breakthrough inventions" to meet these challenges.

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"It's not realistic to think that people will simply stop using fertilizer, running cargo ships, building offices, or flying airplanes. Nor is it fair to ask developing countries to curtail their growth for the sake of everyone else. For example, for many people in low- and middle-income countries, cattle are an essential source of income and nutrients."

"Part of the solution is to invest in innovation in all five sectors so we can do these things without destroying the climate. We need breakthrough inventions in each of the grand challenges," he said.

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