How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

By Bill Gates,

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

Book description

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…

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6 authors picked How to Avoid a Climate Disaster as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Gates provides a straightforward, numbers-based account of the scope of climate change, breaks down current carbon emissions by sectors of our society and economy, and dissects the technologies we need to employ and invent to cut global carbon emissions to zero and halt global warming.

This is a must-read, especially for those curious and hopeful about practical solutions to climate change. As a science fiction author, I was inspired by this book’s detailed descriptions of technologies that will likely shape our future.

Bill Gates has managed the impossible task of writing a detailed book on the technological fixes we need across the board to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, but doing so in plain language that is appropriate for the widest of audiences.

This is key because the green transition will affect everybody’s life and cannot be left in the hands of experts and technocrats. Perhaps my only grievance towards the book is that at times it feels like a long laundry list of green desiderata, without taking time to think about the social, economic, and political implications of…

I must confess that I didn’t start out as a Bill Gates fan. But in the wake of his Microsoft career, his proactive investments in start-up companies that could transform our society for the better started to capture my attention. When I read his book climate solutions, I became convinced of his analytical and entrepreneurial genius. He approaches climate breakdown with the pragmatic optimism of a venture capitalist. One of his most compelling insights are his “green premium” calculations for major sectors, which effectively measure the price gap between current solutions and emerging technologies. This provides a clear indication of…

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Yes, this is the Bill Gates, and judging by audience response at, with 9,781 ratings as of late July 2022, his book is at the top of the climate-change heap. While Matthew T. Huber believes that the uber-rich will have to be educated into a working-class point of view to take part in a worldwide climate-changing strategy, Bill Gates, who is about as oligarchic as they come (that is, one of the richest people on the Planet) joined with Knopf, one of publishing’s leading (and richest) voices, and, the biggest book dealer on the Planet, to argue the…

I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted by all of the negative news coverage about climate change as a disaster. I was particularly excited to see Gates write a book focused on solutions and actions we can take to avoid a climate disaster. Real solutions to climate change are complex and require global cooperation, a large team of experts, and political influence. 

Up until this book I was disappointed in Gates' take on renewable energy. Gates closely matched Vaclav Smil’s dated point of view on renewables, assuming they are an expensive technology that will never significantly influence our…

Bill Gates has a unique, global perspective on far more than climate change. He has consulted experts in many relevant fields, as well as drawing on his unrivaled experience of innovation. This is a book that is, above all, about electrification and the rapidly falling costs of new power sources. It is not political discourse but is valuable for lay readers.

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