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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

Bill Gates

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Billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates lays out a clear, understandable overview of the challenges posed by human-caused climate change, what we're doing right, and where we need to improve.


How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

by Bill Gates


We've all heard by now that the Earth is in deep trouble. Human-produced greenhouse gases are heating the world at an unprecedented rate, with dire consequences. But one of the world's richest individuals is committed to preventing climate catastrophe.

Since co-founding Microsoft, Bill Gates has been one of the world's most prominent billionaires and philanthropists, working through The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to foster global development. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster is Gates' roadmap to reducing anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions to zero in the coming decades without sacrificing life-changing technology and dignity for the world's poorest people.

Gates spent years talking to researchers, scientists, investors, and global leaders about why just reducing emissions isn't enough to slow human-induced climate change. The book details, in layperson's terms, how each of our systems, from transportation to food production, contribute to the problem and how to change them.

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In climate terms, a change of just a few degrees is a big deal ... During the age of the dinosaurs, when the average temperature was perhaps four degrees Celsius higher than today, there were crocodiles living above the Arctic Circle.

- Bill Gates

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