How to Avoid A Climate Disaster

How to Avoid A Climate Disaster

The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

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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""--
After more than a decade of studying climate change and investing in innovations to address the problems, Gates sets out a vision for how the world can build the tools it needs to get to zero greenhouse gas emissions. He explains why he is optimistic that the world can avoid the most dire effects of the climate crisis, and discusses how climate change can be addressed in meaningful ways. -- adapted from jacket
Published: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2021.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780385546133
Branch Call Number: 363.7387 GAT
Characteristics: 257 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm


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Apr 29, 2021

Bill Gates' book "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster" is a daunting breakdown of what needs to change across the board from policy to how we make things to get the world to zero carbon emissions, while taking into account the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable of the world. Importantly, he details points of particular challenge that will require extra attention/resources/study and also areas where the solutions are in reach but need to be implemented and quickly. By doing so he lays out a plausible (it seems) roadmap forward.

I came away with the feeling that there is a project due in a week that I would have needed four to do, but that I haven't started yet.

Being who he is, Gates has a particular perspective on things and is more optimistic about our prospects. Personally I'm less sanguine, but good luck to us all regardless! We have truly have a steep climb ahead of us.

Apr 18, 2021

We should applaud Bill Gates. He could do anything. He chooses to involve himself in CARING about the earth and it's inhabitants. We live in the US.... we are a WE society. We are an angry country. We care about ourselves. We should all put down the remotes and know more about cause and effect and our planet. I think about those who have gone before us and their commitment to family and country......this is a serious topic.
The place we live, the place which we take for granted. I'm sad when anonymous people make ugly comments from the privacy of their computer and phony names.

Apr 13, 2021

An excellent book, partly because he takes an optimistic line about what solutions are possible rather than just reiterating scare tactics that we've all heard before. Bill Gates's analysis of the problem is good, and of course he's going to suggest technological solutions since that's his background and what he's good at, and frankly, they have the most chance of success. And it's a compassionate approach, since he admits that we can't expect the Third World not to want the same things that we have; our challenge is to allow progress while also taking steps to reduce climate change. And he does a good job of outlining what that would look like and what's to be done. Ignore the negative reviews; this is a good book worth reading.

Apr 08, 2021

The reviewer below makes a most idiotic comment about "shooting the messenger" ---- in the same category as a chilling author of fiction, a Chicom--American, who considered herself erudite for quoting mass-murdering Mao Zedong!!!
Bill Gates had many family connections and members of the Gates family excelled at hiring thieves and embezzlers -- hiring that last embezzler was why Bogle & Gates was dissolved, not the most brilliant of choices. Just as the ignorant, unscientific release of genetically engineered mosquitos in six locations around the planet resulted in a Zika virus epidemic at each of those six locations was not the most brilliant of choices and highly destructive to mother and child!!!
Communist "science" --- whether from China or Russia or the USA (Fred Hutch, UW, Stanford, University of Minnesota, etc.) is not science!!! Claims that something has been "debunked" without presentation of factual evidence is also NOT science! News has recently surfaced that Bill Gates is acting as an advisor to the Chinese Communist Party in the best ways to propagandize the North American public --- this isn't news to some of us who have long recognized his cozy relations with the butchers of Beijing!

OMG, the Swedish Space Agency finally regained their senses and blocked madman Bill Gates' latest wackadoodle scheme:
Bill Gates achievements: sued the Indian immigrant to death -- the fellow who owned the rights to the name "Internet Explorer"; stole the original DOS operating system from Gary Kildall --- proof --- $1 billion out-of-court settlement to the holder of the rights to that legacy software; on the day after the attacks on 9/11/01, Gates quietly enacted an unscheduled layoff of 1,000 employees at Microsoft in Redmond -- what a true "patriot"; in 2006 Gates handed over the source code of Windows operating system to the Chinese Communist Party (from 2008 to 2012 Chicom military hackers made over 1 billion, I repeat 1 billion, hacks into gov't agencies and the private sector), etc., etc.
[Over a year ago, the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, Canada, shipped the most dangerous biowarfare agents (the most toxic viral samples ) to the PLA biowarfare labs in Beijing and the Wuhan Institute of Virology --- THAT should be of immediate concern to EVERYONE!]

Apr 06, 2021

Reading the comments Bill Gates certainly has stirred up emotions! The book describes the daunting challenge we face with climate. It also exposes the many difficult challenges ahead to mitigate warming. One may disagree with his prescriptions, if so, fine. What better ideas do you have? This is a difficult debate we must start having, a serious debate not about the diagnosis but about the action plan. Gates' book is as good a place as any to start.

'Shooting the messenger' gets us nowhere. No, maybe it allows us fool ourselves and to ignore this problem. Weill it is not going away. Hope is not a strategy, we must have the will and engagement to develop a strategy.

Mar 28, 2021

There's a lot of what ifs in this book, but I really hate how he's promoting nuclear energy. He's absolutely minimizing the dangers of nuclear meltdowns and of long long term radioactivity of the waste, to say nothing of the energy used to mine uranium and the high cancer rates of people living near uranium mining or nuclear reactors. He does mention that he owns a company promoting nuclear power to the US government. He considers nuclear power green energy whereas it and its waste are the most hazardous and dangerous of all the forms of energy that I'm aware of.

Mar 23, 2021

Can get dead tree edition curbside at Douglass Truth branch.

Mar 09, 2021

A good read, well written, approachable. I suspect if one is well read about climate crisis issues, not much might be new to you, but it's all laid out well, some complexities nicely "layman-ed". If one isn't well read on climate crisis issues, I suspect you won't read this either, but maybe you will as it's a tech name brand chap writing it, and it'll be understandable. Personally, I liked the "51 billion tons" and "green premium" metrics the book uses throughout. Overall, a worthwhile read.

Mar 01, 2021

very approachable, easy to follow, though he is talking from a perch, its not too preachy... Even though he shares so much information, on the current state of the atmosphere, on new technologies, etc... the end section on what to do is probably the best part for people to actually move to action, any action....

Feb 24, 2021

I advise the readers of this book to also read Kim Stanley Robinson's novel, "The Ministry for the Future", set in 2025 and Elizabeth Kolbert’s "Under a White Sky" . Gates just relies on technology to solve our technological mistakes, but refuses to see the social and political sides of the problems. The biggest part being our greed and want for always more.

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