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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the… (2021)
by Bill Gates
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This is pretty surface-level information on climate change and what we can do to mitigate the damage. There are some good facts here, I certainly learned a few things, but this is largely a wishlist of everything we need to reach net zero emissions, none of which we have at the moment. I think this is a good jumping off point if you're not sure what all is involved in climate change, but there are certainly better books by the experts out there. ( )
This is a well-organized and thoughtful analysis of the current issues regarding carbon emissions and climate change. Currently 51 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalents are released into the atmosphere annually. It is an understatement to say that getting this figure to zero will be a significant challenge.
The subject matter is ordered by major category of emissions, listing the primary causes and how they can be addressed. It contains numerous facts and figures based on the many contacts Gates has made through his charitable foundation. He emphasizes that we need to start now to have a chance for zero emissions by the year 2050.
It is a complex topic with no single solution, and this book provides guidance in understanding the many factors. Innovation, global cooperation, and governmental policies will be important. Gates is optimistic that this issue can be successfully tackled. I think it is a good idea to be informed.
There are some very good thoughts in this book.
But for me he repeated himself to often sometimes and in it was missing detailed information in some places for me
Would recomend reading it, when youÂ´re interested in climate change and technologie that could solve some problems
Itâ€™s no secret that climate change has begun to affect human lifestyles. Unfortunately, world politics and economics are ill-positioned to deal with this crisis. If we canâ€™t agree that vaccines are a good thing, how can we agree on the difficult sacrifices required to preserve our planet for future generations? Despite this (or perhaps because of this), Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the philanthropy Gates Foundation, is lending not only his name but also his time/energy to the effort. In this text, he approaches the crisis as an engineering problem and spells out specific needs and solutions for the world to embrace. However, he neglects to address how to overcome politically entrenched special interests groups.
Without a doubt, the billionaire Gates is thinking about his legacy as he attempts to give much of his fortune away through the Gates Foundation. This book, likewise, is certainly part of these efforts. Nonetheless, he shows particular care in how he deals with these issues in detail. He talks about specific technologies and economic impacts. This book does not go the way of a mere jeremiad about the environment, but is rather concerned with specifics of how humans will survive under new conditions. It will upset many who stand to lose power, money, and influence in a remade world economy.
This book covers everything from what is happening and why, to how society must change and how individuals can promote change today. He also shows attention to the concerns of poorer nations â€“ those most affected by climate change who did the least to cause it. This bookâ€™s most difficult aspect is that it covers so many details that the reader is easily overwhelmed. That just goes to show that climate change is a complex problem with complex solutions.
Gates is ambitious to tackle this subject. He does an excellent job at providing high-level analysis. However, readers cannot help if they feel he is being a bit idealistic about solutions. Climate change is on the radar of politicians in developed countries, but if the public lacks the political will to attack COVID squarely, how can we unify in attack against something as difficult and upsetting as climate change? Iâ€™m a bit cynical that we will. Gates needs helpers among national leaders in the ruling classes. Still, technologists should bite at these prospects, however, because he talks details about economic opportunities to seize the future.
With this book, Gates attempts to pique the interests of the reading public about the effects of climate change. He does so in a practical and helpful way that advances the conversation. He is not a partisan of any political ideology nor a scientific ideology. He is realistic and honest about the sacrifices needed. I lament that society does not have much of a choice about tackling this matter. I also lament that so many think that we do, choosing short-term financial gain over long-term human health. Itâ€™s time to act, and Gates makes that case forthrightly. Iâ€™m wondering, though, is anyone listening?
A very succinct and educational book. We owe it to ourselves, to the planet and to future generations to act now.
Science. Technology. Engineering. Nonfiction. HTML:In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practicalâ??and accessibleâ??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 emissionsâ??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 b
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