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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster - by Bill Gates

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"Bill Gates shares what he's learned in more than a decade of studying climate change and investing in innovations to address the problems, and sets out a vision for how the world can build the tools it needs to get to zero greenhouse gas emissions. Bill Gates explains why he cares so deeply about climate change and what makes him optimistic that the world can avoid the most dire effects of the climate crisis. Gates says, "We can work on a local, national, and global level to build the technologies, businesses, and industries to avoid the worst impacts of climate change." His interest in climate change is a natural outgrowth of the efforts by his foundation to reduce poverty and disease. Climate change, according to Gates, will have the biggest impact on the people who have done the least to cause it. As a technologist, he has seen firsthand how innovation can change the world. By investing in research, inventing new technologies, and by deploying them quickly at large scale, Gates believes climate change can be addressed in meaningful ways. According to Gates, "to prevent the worst effects of climate change, we have to get to net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases. This problem is urgent, and the debate is complex, but I believe we can come together to invent new carbon-zero technologies, deploy the ones we have, and ultimately avoid a climate catastrophe""--



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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical--and accessible--plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet's slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

He gives us a clear-eyed description of the challenges we face. Drawing on his understanding of innovation and what it takes to get new ideas into the market, he describes the areas in which technology is already helping to reduce emissions, where and how the current technology can be made to function more effectively, where breakthrough technologies are needed, and who is working on these essential innovations. Finally, he lays out a concrete, practical plan for achieving the goal of zero emissions--suggesting not only policies that governments should adopt, but what we as individuals can do to keep our government, our employers, and ourselves accountable in this crucial enterprise.

As Bill Gates makes clear, achieving zero emissions will not be simple or easy to do, but if we follow the plan he sets out here, it is a goal firmly within our reach.



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"The most comprehensible explanation for what's driving our warming planet; how to measure the impact of the myriad contributions to this staggering and seemingly incalculable problem; and ultimately how to go about finding more effective approaches to each of them. It's the closest thing I've seen to a how-to guide for addressing the climate crisis." --Clinton Leaf, Fortune

"How to Avoid a Climate Disaster presents ideas with the methodical approach of a college textbook . . . Remarkably, given the state of the world, it is an optimistic, can-do sort of book, chock-full of solutions." --Christina Binkley, The Wall Street Journal Magazine

"The most refreshing aspect of this book is its bracing mix of cold-eyed realism and number-crunched optimism . . . Ultimately his book is a primer on how to reorganise the global economy so that innovation focuses on the world's gravest problems. It is a powerful reminder that if mankind is to get serious about tackling them, it must do more to harness the one natural resource available in infinite quantity--human ingenuity." --The Economist

"The author's enthusiasm and curiosity about the way things work is infectious. He walks us through not just the basic science of global warming, but all the ways that our modern lives contribute to it . . . Gates seems energized by the sheer size and complexity of the challenge. That's one of the best things about the book--the can-do optimism and conviction that science in partnership with industry are up to the task." --Richard Schiffman, The Christian Science Monitor

"With the help of experts in fields such as physics, engineering, chemistry, finance and politics, the technologist and philanthropist offers a practical and accessible plan for getting the world to zero greenhouse gas emissions and averting climate catastrophe." --Barbara VanDenburgh, USA Today

"How to Avoid a Climate Disaster is clear, concise on a colossal subject, and intelligently holistic in its approach to the problem. Gates may not be the perfect messenger, but he has written a fine primer on how to get ourselves out of this mess." --Adama Vaughan, New Scientist

"Bill Gates has a plan to save the world . . . While acknowledging that the challenge is daunting, and how we make things, grow things, move around, keep cool and stay warm will all need to fundamentally change, Gates argues that wholesale transformation is possible while maintaining lifestyles in high income countries and continuing to lift billions out of poverty." --Greg Williams, Wired

"His expertise . . . is apparent in the book's lucid explanations of the scientific aspects of climate change. The solutions he outlines are pragmatic and grounded in forward-thinking economic reasoning. Although he does not avoid the hard truths we must face as our climate changes, Gates remains optimistic and believes that we have the ability to avoid a total climate disaster." --Miriam R. Aczel, Science

"Concise, straightforward . . . Gates has crafted a calm, reasoned, well-sourced explanation of the greatest challenge of our time and what we must change to avoid cooking our planet." --Jeff Rowe, Associated Press

"A persuasive, optimistic strategy for reducing greenhouse emissions to zero by midcentury . . . Though Gates doesn't shy away from acknowledging the daunting challenges ahead, his narrative contains enough confidence--and hard science and economics--to convince many readers that his blueprint is one of the most viable yet . . . supremely authoritative and accessible." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Those looking for an accessible review of how global warming can be countered will find this a handy--and maybe even hope-inspiring--guide." --Publishers Weekly

"Gates has put his considerable wealth behind global health, educational, and economic initiatives and now turns his laser-like attention to this most existential of issues . . . He provides illuminating contexts for [his] perspectives and offers a treatise that is imperative, approachable, and useful." --Booklist



About The Author



Bill Gates is cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and founder of Breakthrough Energy. In 1975, Bill Gates founded Microsoft with Paul Allen and led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software and services. In 2008, Bill transitioned to focus full-time on his foundation's work to expand opportunity to the world's most disadvantaged people. Along with cochair Melinda Gates, he leads the foundation's development of strategies and sets the overall direction of the organization. At Breakthrough Energy, he's putting his experience as an innovator and problem-solver to work to address climate change by supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs, big thinkers, and clean technologies. Bill uses his experience partnering with global leaders across sectors to help drive the policy, market, and technological changes required for a clean energy transition. In 2010, Bill, Melinda, and Warren Buffett founded the Giving Pledge, an effort to encourage the wealthiest families and individuals to publicly commit more than half of their wealth to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations during their lifetime or in their will.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.25 Inches (H) x 6.13 Inch (W) x .75 Inch (D)
Weight: 1.28 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 272
Genre: Science
Sub-Genre: Global Warming & Climate Change
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover
Author: Bill Gates
Language: English
Street Date: February 16, 2021
TCIN: 78663520
UPC: 9780385546133
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-4468
Origin: Made in the USA
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4.0 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews
100% would recommend
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Easy to resd

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
ClimateDisaster101 - 3 years ago
Gates writes about this important topic in a manner that it easy to read by any and everyone. Highly recommend this book.
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Its not a conspiracy, climate change is real.

5 out of 5 stars
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GetAGrip - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Easy to digestible read and unexpectedly engaging. Gates presents all the issues and provided a lot of solutions that isn’t so polarized.
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Important read

5 out of 5 stars
Concerned Citizen - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Highly recommend to all, whether you believe in climate change or not. Bill Gates is an author easy to read. He lays out his facts, ideas, plans and goals in straight forward language. Impactful.
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Highly recommend

5 out of 5 stars
Abby - 3 years ago
Excellent and eye-opening. I think this is a book that everyone should/needs to read.
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