How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need
 
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ISBN13:9780385546133
ISBN10:03855461311
Binding:Hardback
No. of pages:272 pages
Size:231x154x33 mm
Weight:568 g
Language:English
Illustrations: 47 PHOTOS AND CHARTS IN TEXT
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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

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

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

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
 
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
With the help of experts in fields such as physics, engineering, chemistry, finance and politics, the technologist and philanthropist offers a practical and accessible plan for getting the world to zero greenhouse gas emissions and averting climate catastrophe. Barbara VanDenburgh, USA Today

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

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

His expertise . . . 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. Although he does not avoid the hard truths we must face as our climate changes, Gates remains optimistic and believes that we have the ability to avoid a total climate disaster. Miriam R. Aczel, Science

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
 
A persuasive, optimistic strategy for reducing greenhouse emissions to zero by midcentury . . . 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 . . . supremely authoritative and accessible.   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