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    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

    Commentaires

    “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)

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    aux armes citoyens : objectif zéro carbon

    un objectif unique de transformation pour tout les peuples : le zero carbone emission. Une montagne à gravir avec des solutions existantes et beaucoups restants à créer. ce livre est a offrir à tous les dirigeants de ce monde ecrit par un autre grand dirigeant.

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    • Axel Merk
    • 20/02/2021

    Be curious, not furious

    Gates deserves credit for aiming to reach a broad audience to further the goal of mitigating a climate disaster. He's the first to point out he's an imperfect messenger; with one petty exception that I'll discuss below, I kept an open mind. I appreciated Gates' insights and learned a few things. That said, such a vast undertaking in an easy to read book is bound to have shortcomings; Gates urges us to focus more on the positives, realizing he can't make everyone happy. So let me try to phrase my criticism below constructively. Before I head into the criticism, Wheaton does a great job reading the book. Also, the book is inspiring - which I gather is the whole point of it. Personally, as I was listening, I had an idea that could be useful in advancing the cause, if only by a tiny bit, and be reasonably easy to implement; I'll mention it at the end. If others are inspired and take on tasks, small and large, the book was worth writing.

    While Gates had a small business startup that serves small business, he quickly grew it into a big business. His foundation interacts with governments. While that is helpful in understanding complexities on a global level, we must make sure we don't lose sight of the needs of small business if we want his policy ideas to work. He proposes an array of policies and incentives. We must remember that red tape - which is the ugly cousin of policy - increases not only cost, but also barrier to entry, it stifles innovation. The US has a more dynamic economy than Europe because it is less regulated. The shale revolution that lead the US to energy independence came about because of it; you may think shale is part of the problem, and to an extent it is, but Gates rightfully points out that some of the technologies developed for it may well be part of the solution. I'm not arguing we don't need government policy. But what we need is to have as many stakeholders as possible on the table. When Gates proposes labeling of goods according to the carbon footprint, we all get that in theory this may be a very helpful stepping stone. But how do we implement that without driving smaller suppliers out of business?

    Gates mentions a carbon tax and/or cap and trade as a crucial part of providing "incentives". The theory of this clear: tax carbons, provide incentives to get fewer of them. Gates almost entirely sidesteps the political dimension of this, presumably in part because, well, he doesn't want to be too political. But we must tackle the political dimension if this isn't supposed to be yet another book that will make those agreeing with Gates feel good, but have rather limited impact. It is crucial to build broad/bipartisan support on any policy for many reasons Gates references, but he leaves it up to the reader to connect the dots: If policy is passed, who stops the next government to reverse it? In an age of hyper-partisanship it's not easy. A carbon tax is one of the few ways government can raise large amounts of money; understandably, those opposing it suggest it gives government a license to spend, to build ever larger governments. Even if you don't agree to this, that's how many people think. We must square this circle; if we can, many of the other challenges presented in the book become solvable. That's because an economy adjusts to "incentives" and the moment you start taxing carbon, people will find ways to use less of it; the less you micro-manage it, the more innovation will strive. Alas, the taxing part is a huge deal.

    Gates mentions international trade agreements may need to be renegotiated if we want to make sure stuff we import is also to some sort of "incentive" (carbon penalty) to be less carbon intensive. Anyone who has followed trade negotiations knows these are complex topics. I wish Gates had spent a little more time on this subject. I don't recall him mentioning once that the very foundation of trade, WTO, needs to be rethought. If the US were to impose import tariffs based on carbon, it would likely violate WTO rules; retaliatory tariffs would be imposed, everyone loses (unless one has the attitude that less trade is better; for purposes of this review, let's agree with Gates' premise that global growth is a good thing, we need to figure out how to do this without wrecking the planet). Gates sounds almost Trumpian by suggesting if you want to trade with us, you've got to play by our rules on carbon; it may need someone like a green Trump to break and rebuild the WTO. Try to square that circle with the aforementioned call for bipartisanship. Trade is immensely important.

    Let me wrap this up by mentioning a personal idea - not in the belief that this will solve the climate crisis, but if everyone is motivated to share an idea, it increases the odds really good ones make it to the market: let's encourage weather apps to not only show sun, clouds, rain, wind, but also metrics on the carbon footprint of energy consumption for the local community based on time of day. I'm writing this from California where energy used during peak hours turns from green to brown. Most in California have heard calls to take this into account when they run an appliance, but if this was available on your favorite weather app, I would think there would not only be greater awareness, but usage patterns would also change. Companies like Google should be able to estimate such data already based on a variety of sources, then re-publish them in a standard format, so that apps can tap into them. If the idea takes off, there can be push to provide more standardized data by utility companies, making the data a firm like Google republishes more accurate/meaningful. And once an API is built, this isn't just useful for consumers on their weather app, but can help industrial use. In addition to consumers, many businesses pay electricity rates based on time of day. There's really little reason why this can't be more refined - I'm not suggesting different pricing based on each minute of the day, but if businesses had access to an API that suggested when exactly the energy is greenest, they can adjust their usage. Not all businesses, of course. My personal experience is with a well pump that feeds water into storage tanks; the water is used to irrigate agricultural land. The pump used to run whenever the water tank level fell below a threshold. A while ago, I added a $5 chip with simple programming; the pump now gives priority to the off hours, unless water tank levels fall below a certain threshold (okay, that sensor was more than $5); it would be simple enough to tap into an API that prioritizes based on how green the energy is off the grid. Such approaches have further benefits; in my example, because we added sensors, we learned about water leaks at times weeks earlier than we would have otherwise, further saving not just water, but the need to run the water pump. I mention this example not because I think my 15hp water pump will save the planet, but to illustrate that simple ideas could have a wide range of applications, and those add up.

    I gave this review the title 'be curious, not furious' because a undertaking such as Gates' gives plenty of reasons to disagree with specifics - I have several as I read the book. However, I agree with Gates that we should focus on where we agree, and find ways to execute those ideas.

    p.s.: as mentioned in the beginning, I can't help but raise one criticism; in the introduction, Gates references that we might have to limit access to power to only essential services during an emergency. The reference to 'essential' in my humble opinion is unfortunate. He likely wrote it before covid. I couldn't help but cringe, as it suggests Gates may not be able to relate to the tremendous hardship imposed on so many during the pandemic as they weren't considered essential workers. I trust Gates meant well, but as the pandemic showed, who and what is essential is in the eye of politicians that appear to rule on an ad hoc basis rather than a well thought out master plan in which many stakeholders were on the table.

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    • Blake Jones
    • 18/02/2021

    Climate Effects

    Intrigued at the beginning, bored at some parts. Best explanation of climate problem, and most concise and effective explanation of possible solutions. I love how mostly realistic Bill Gates is in explaining climate change - I appreciate how open and transparent he is. He gets at the center of it and doesn't try to scare. I don't think the climate disaster is a one time event like it sounds, rather a boxing match that lasts the entire time but ending in a KO unless the right innovative solutions are found.

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    • Saiomshan
    • 17/02/2021

    51 billion, Zero and 30 years

    These three numbers defined the problem space concisely and this really resonated with me. I am going to recommend this book to all my friends.

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    • Mina
    • 17/02/2021

    Great Book

    In his new book How To Avoid A Climate Disaster Bill Gates made this climate thing really easy to understand, no jargons and most importantly you will know exactly what you need to do to make an impact and avoid the disaster.

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    • J Kuo
    • 20/02/2021

    Essential, Optimistic, and Ambitious

    Deeply appreciated this work. I love how Bill Gates engaged the issue of climate change from first principles, driving an understanding that we need to get to zero to avoid worst case scenarios. He then identified what we need to and can do to get there. I hope, pray, and will do my small part to help us get to zero, and recommend this book to anyone who has the courage, conscience, and character to invest in a future for humanity.

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    • Sasha
    • 19/02/2021

    Excellent book - Easy to understand

    This is a fantastic audiobook.

    When I initially got it I was worried that it would be complicated or very dry. It is the complete opposite! It's easy to understand and explained in very human terms. This is NOT some rich guy telling us all to be vegan and wear bamboo fabric clothes.

    Bill Gates lays out the current issues very clearly and offers current solutions and areas we need to focus on.

    Wil Wheaton does an excellent job with the narration too. My 11 year old son has been listening to it too, and he is understanding it.

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    • Aaron R. Isaacson
    • 17/02/2021

    good and timely advice for our planet

    I recomend all policy makers (private sector and public sector) read or listen to this book.

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    • Adam Gonyea
    • 18/02/2021

    A must read.... Immediately

    This books is very clear cut, educational, and inspirational. I was losing hope that climate change would ever be addressed but this book has gave me a new hope .this book very good job at covering climate change head to toe in a way everyone can understand and provides glimpses into what is already being done. Well worth the money.

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    • Tommy Samartino
    • 18/02/2021

    GREAT BOOK

    Bill Gates is one heck of a thinker. We should all make the climate zero because of the steel and for concrete. We have to do this…

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    • P. Hutcheson
    • 18/02/2021

    Knowledgable but still learned something

    I have been closely following climate Change for over ten years but I still learned things. Now I know better know what to look for in this important but complex issue.

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    • Thiago Figueiredo
    • 14/04/2021

    Wichtige Fakten und interessante Perspektive

    Ein gutes Buch mit interessanten Fakten zum Thema Klimawandel. Aufgrund der vielen Zahlen und zum Teil technischen Themen darf man sich schon konzentrieren. Einfach so nebenbei hören geht nicht. Ist auch gut so, denn das Thema hat unsere volle Aufmerksamkeit verdient.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 03/04/2021

    Loved it

    Loved it. Every world leader should have a copy of this book. So please send one to them.

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    • Sven
    • 03/04/2021

    Great, factual and very interesting

    Great book, factual, interesting, inspiring.
    Sometimes somewhat boring if you're not new to the topic.

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    • Max
    • 16/06/2021

    Globale Betrachtung des Themas des 21. Jahrhundert

    Bill Gates gibt wichtige Denkanstöße und erörtert das Thema des 21. Jahrhunderts von einer globalen Perspektive und frei von jeglicher Ideologie. Auch wenn Herr Gates selbst für viele ein rotes Tuch ist, empfehle ich gerade diesen Personen sich Zeit zu nehmen und über die Vorschläge nachzudenken.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 25/05/2021

    Very good summary

    Very good summary of the actual situation and explanations of the challenges and existing/needed technology. Good basis for everyone discussion about climate change

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 08/05/2021

    Educating, inspiring, entertaining

    Excellently read by Wil Wheaton. This is an educating, inspiring and also entertaining audio book.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 04/03/2021

    Great for entrepreneurs and policy makers

    This book goes really deep into all the facts and thoughts one needs to understand the problem of climate change from an entrepreneurial point of view. It. also covers in detail what kind of policy change is needed in order to solve the problem.
    I can also recommend it to people with general interest in the topic as the author sticks to first principle thinking with all aspects covered.