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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

August 23, 2022 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9780735280465
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In this urgent, singularly 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 an irreversible climate catastrophe.

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

He gives us a clear-eyed description of the challenges we face. 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 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 by following the guidelines he sets out here, it is a goal firmly within our reach.

About this Author

BILL GATES is cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and founder of Breakthrough Energy. Bill founded Microsoft in 1975 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. As cochair, he leads the foundation's development of strategies and sets the overall direction of the organization. Through his private office, Gates Ventures, he pursues his work on innovation in clean energy, Alzheimer's disease and other healthcare issues, interdisciplinary education, and technology. 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 French Gates, 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.

ISBN: 9780735280465
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 272
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Published: 2022-08-23



"This book arrives at a critical moment." --The New York Times

"[How to Avoid a Climate Disaster]--aimed at both . . . academics and the general public--explains the science, what we're dealing with and what Gates thinks we need to do, in clear language and chapters. . . . There's an intensity to Gates as he speaks that's contagious. It's not just about what he's doing--he wants to get everyone on board." --Toronto Star

"[How to Avoid a Climate Disaster] presents a compelling explanation of how the world can stop global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions effectively to zero. . . . Gates knows how to frame issues in terms with which everybody should be able to engage, without dumbing down the material. . . . [R]eaders will discover from his book that he is a serious and genuine force for good on climate change." --The Guardian

"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

"Gates gathers advice from experts while laying out his vision for technological innovations that could reduce greenhouse gases and stop the warming of the planet. If even some of his plans work, this might be the most important book of the year." --CNN
"One of the most accessible, practical, and interesting books on the topic to emerge since Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth." --Oprah Daily

"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

"[Gates's] expertise, gleaned from interactions with climate scientists, glaciologists, energy scholars, agriculture experts, and others, 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." --Science

"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

"In this wonklike and persuasive book, Gates takes his environmental activism a bridge further, laying out an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse emissions to zero by 2050. Drawing on data from researchers, policymakers, and engineers, Gates advocates for solutions both scientific (like developing alternative fuels) and personal (like increasing civic engagement in environmental justice issues). If you feel a radical shred of hope reading these galvanizing pages, dare to let in--without hope, we'll get nowhere." --Esquire

"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

"A persuasive, optimistic strategy for reducing greenhouse emissions to zero by midcentury. . . . Gates makes a significant contribution to the rapidly growing shelf of books that not only acknowledge climate change, but also propose viable solutions. . . Gates moves several steps further in a comprehensible . . . text that provides detailed plans. The author relates a compelling vision of what the potential devastation will look like, assessing the scale and range of expected damage, but he is more interested in clearly communicating the multitiered facets of his plan. While drawing on his expertise and instincts as a successful tech innovator, investor, and philanthropist, Gates relies on teams of experts in science, engineering, and public policy to flesh out the details. . . . 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. A supremely authoritative and accessible plan for how we can avoid a climate catastrophe." --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

"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

"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

"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

"In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates proposes a practical plan for preventing the worst effects of climate change by articulating what it will take to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. Gates takes what he's learned over the last decade from experts across physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, economics and finance, and translates the complex issue of climate change into an approachable style. . . . Gates offers a clear-eyed account of the challenges we face. He shows we need new tools for fighting climate change . . . [i]dentifying the solutions we should deploy now and the innovations we need to develop. . . . How to Avoid a Climate Disaster provides a wide-ranging, concrete plan to achieve our goals." --The Deccan Herald (India)

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