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Fri Feb 19, 2021, 11:24 AM

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster -- a Book Preview From Gates Himself [View all]

We need to read all the information on Climate that we can.
I've ordered this and hope to learn what to do and how I can contribute.
If Gates preserves corporate existence, I don't care, as long as this works.


Within a few years, I had become convinced of three things:

To avoid a climate disaster, we have to get to zero greenhouse gas emissions.
We need to deploy the tools we already have, like solar and wind, faster and smarter.
And we need to create and roll out breakthrough technologies that can take us the rest of the way.
The case for zero was, and is, rock solid. Setting a goal to only reduce our emissionsóbut not eliminate themówonít do it. The only sensible goal is zero.

This book suggests a way forward, a series of steps we can take to give ourselves the best chance to avoid a climate disaster. It breaks down into five parts:

Why zero? In chapter 1, Iíll explain more about why we need to get to zero, including what we know (and what we donít) about how rising temperatures will affect people around the world.

The bad news: Getting to zero will be really hard. Because every plan to achieve anything starts with a realistic assessment of the barriers that stand in your way, in chapter 2 weíll take a moment to consider the challenges weíre up against.

How to have an informed conversation about climate change. In chapter 3, Iíll cut through some of the confusing statistics you might have heard and share the handful of questions I keep in mind in every conversation I have about climate change. They have kept me from going wrong more times than I can count, and I hope they will do the same for you.

The good news: We can do it. In chapters 4 through 9, Iíll break down the areas where todayís technology can help and where we need breakthroughs. This will be the longest part of the book, because thereís so much to cover. We have some solutions we need to deploy in a big way now, and we also need a lot of innovations to be developed and spread around the world in the next few decades.

Steps we can take now. I wrote this book because I see not just the problem of climate change; I also see an opportunity to solve it. Thatís not pie-in-the-sky optimism. We already have two of the three things you need to accomplish any major undertaking. First, we have ambition, thanks to the passion of a growing global move≠ment led by young people who are deeply concerned about climate change. Second, we have big goals for solving the problem as more national and local leaders around the world commit to doing their part.

Now we need the third component: a concrete plan to achieve our goals.

Just as our ambitions have been driven by an appreciation for climate science, any practical plan for reducing emissions has to be driven by other disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, economics, finance, and more. So in the final chap≠ters of this book, Iíll propose a plan based on guidance Iíve gotten from experts in all these disciplines. In chapters 10 and 11, Iíll focus on policies that governments can adopt; in chapter 12, Iíll suggest steps that each of us can take to help the world get to zero. Whether youíre a government leader, an entrepreneur, or a voter with a busy life and too little free time (or all of the above), there are things you can do to help avoid a climate disaster.

Thatís it. Letís get started.

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