How to Avoid A Climate Disaster

Bill Gates

How to Avoid A Climate Disaster



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Bill Gates has been focussed on climate change for years: we need to act now, and the public and private sectors must come together to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses to zero by 2050. In his book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Gates uses many examples to paint a precise picture of the current situation, highlighting the challenges linked to this issue, and bringing to light the current and future inventions that can help to solve the problems associated with electricity, transport, the production of materials, farming, and other key sectors. With clarity, criticism and optimism, this book opens our eyes to the harsh reality of the current climate situation, and proposes effective solutions to avoid a catastrophe, to maintain a bearable climate, and to improve the conditions of all of our lives. 

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Analysis and key concepts


The main objective: wipe out greenhouse gas emissions to avoid disaster


If we cannot stop it in time, global warming will cause enormous damage to the earth and to mankind


The challenges: combustible fuels, increased quality of life and cooperation


The first problem to tackle is that of electricity: we need clean sources


Cement, steel, plastic: producing materials causes extremely high emissions


Agriculture and waste: even our food causes emissions


Can we achieve low emission transport? Yes, but we need to review the cost


While we aim for zero emissions, we also need to think about the process of adaptation


Without effective government policies, success is too far away. A proposed action plan:


We can do our bit as citizens, consumers, and companies




Take-home message

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Many useful tips to:

  • Understand what the key principles linked to climate change are.
  • Discover the current and future technologies available to tackle the challenge of climate change.
  • Be inspired to become greener citizens, consumers, companies, and countries.

Bill Gates is one of the richest men in the world. He is an American entrepreneur, technologist, computer scientist and philanthropist, born in Seattle, and currently living in Washington. In 1975, Gates founded the computer company, Microsoft, with Paul Allen. Today, he chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with his ex-wife, Melinda Ann French Gates. It is the largest private foundation in the world, through which the Gateses promote various philanthropic initiatives. Gates also launched the Breakthrough Energy program, aimed at commercialising various clean energies linked to the problem of climate change. He has also written other books, including The Road Ahead and I’m a Global Optimist.

Publishing house:

Penguin UK