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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

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Bill Gates, Wil Wheaton

7 Hours 11 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

February 2021

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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.

*This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of charts, graphs, and pictures from the book.

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  • Judy W.

    It was a very good read about a critical issue. I loved his ability to look at the problem on such a high level. I’m inspired he take chances and I respect his honesty. Great narration as well.

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  • Susan B.

    Good understandable description of a very complex problem. I loved the narration! Thanks

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  • Randy S.

    JUST WORDS IN THE WIND, IF WE DON'T TAKE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. And, too bad Bill Gates could not be bothered to Read but the 1st chapter.

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  • Justene M.

    Zero satrs

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  • Joanne R.

    Great book with accessible information. Provides a way to assess how and what we're doing. I liked it so much that I bought a hardcopy as well - I now have copies of all those PFD graphs that he kept referencing! At last I feel as if I can actually speak with someone about what needs to be done. I have to disagree with the other reviewer in that I liked Will Wheaton's narration much more than Bill's. But thank you Bill for a fantastic book and all your work in trying to address the problem.

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  • Gary H.

    A terrific bock. Full of detail but accessible to the average reader. My only wish is that Gates could have read the entire book

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