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  • How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

  • The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need
  • Written by: Bill Gates
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, Bill Gates
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (606 ratings)

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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

Written by: Bill Gates
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, Bill Gates
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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Bill Gates (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"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

“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

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Overwhelming and encouraging

This is a well narrated audiobook. It is hard to leave this book without an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness, yet at the same time you leave with a deeper understanding of facts on the largest impacts to our climate and what you can actually do about them.

Read this before the year 2030.

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General grievance, shorter than I expected.

Just as I was listening I thought "This is where the fun begins!" literally cut

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A great read

This is well written and very well read.
The information is all laid out in an easy to understand format.
Now we just need to take appropriate action.

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Easy to understand book with practical solutions.

This is my first time reading of Bill's work. i found this easy to understand, inspiring, full of optimism with a role for every individual, organization and Governments, The message is truly Glibal. i hace stared being responsible and will consciously make my choices.

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Solid conclusions and solutions

The ideas offered up in this book are very sound and thoughtful. After doing a Master's in Energy policy and Climate, I found it there was a lot of overlap of my overall conclusions with the book's conclusions. I thought that the the title of the book was a little sensationalist and delayed me from wanting to read it. The narration was a bit over-the-top though it settled in

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worth the time and money

Excellently done! Will Wheaton's delivery is flawless and Bill Gates words so clearly explain the ins and outs of a very complex problem and what could and should be done and by whom. This book should be sent to your government representatives with a note asking them to read it and then give a copy to someone else in business or government.

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Excellent Book

Explains easily how we can all make and affect the changes needed to avoid a climate disaster. Thank you for writing this book.

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Un incontournable.

Une étude détaillée des enjeux environnementaux. On voit que l’auteur a fait ses recherches. On devrait tous le lire et chercher à appliquer les recommandations de l’auteur.

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Truly great listen!

This book was fantastic! Not only was it extremely informational and very easy to follow, but it also allows for a deeper understanding of the issue at hand and the true work it will require for all of us to make progress. Also, Will Wheaton's performance was great. A VERY good narrator!

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Incredible explanations!

As a chemical engineer, I can’t emphasize enough how Bill Gates manages to simplify complicated & technical concepts for everyone to understand. Climate change is a difficult challenge involving many areas of science, engineering, and politics. However, Gates was able to create an excellent read leaving the reader with much to think about, areas to improve our own lives, and future investing opportunities!

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