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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Contemplating the world’s climate crisis leaves many of us feeling scared and uncertain. But this powerful audiobook, by self-described “imperfect messenger” Bill Gates, cuts through the noise and offers a clear path forward. Drawing on copious research, expert opinions of top climate scientists, and his own in-depth knowledge of Silicon Valley, Gates explains how we can use technology to effectively stop climate change. The approachable, easy-to-understand language Gates uses to describe both the problem and his plan for achieving zero emissions is a perfect fit for narrator Wil Wheaton—pop culture’s unofficial ambassador to all things science and tech. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster perfectly illustrates that, if used correctly, hard data on climate science can offer us something we never imagined: hope.
If you are a person who cares about the planet you live on then you should read this.
Overview of Technology and Policy Needs
As I began this book, I expected to walk away with a clear understanding of the economics of fighting climate change. This is not what I found in this audiobook, and frankly I am glad. I think the grand message would have been lost with too much economics.
What I did find was a review of the phenomena and science of climate change and a clear overview of the types of technologies and policies that must be developed and implemented in order to fight climate change. Now I feel like I have a good basic understanding of what needs to be done to fight this natural disaster, and I am more prepared to do my part as a citizen and voter.
Dry and very dense.
I have this two stars not because it wasn’t good, but it doesn’t really work as an audiobook. There are a lot of graphs and diagrams I was unable to view. That being said this is like a college textbook. Very dense and dry.