How to Avoid a Climate Disaster - Bill Gates

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

By Bill Gates

  • Release Date: 2021-02-16
  • Genre: Science & Nature
4 Score: 4 (From 260 Ratings)



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.


  • Credentials

    By randomperson2201
    What credentials does Bill Gates have to tell anyone what they should do? As far as I know, he has no degree in climate related sciences. Yet people still read this book and take everything he says as fact.
  • How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

    By BYLA2
    Thanks Bill for shining such an important subject to us. Also, thanks for all you do for humanity! Very inspirational!
  • Better Title: Green New Deal for Dummies

    By Samnite100
    Not an inspirational tome, instead a vehicle to submit IP to a new Breakthru venture PE fund. Bill, you can do better by getting involved in politics NOT venture capital economics.
  • So you can rate books without having bought or read them

    By seanicus
    Keep that in mind when reading the reviews. The negative ones are most likely trolls or folks that only watch OAN or Faux News....
  • Just Leftist Garbage

    By Brandon_Hogg
    When your one the richest in the world, you believe that you can tell other people what to do and how to live there lives. We’re as if he told the truth for once, that unless China and India switch from fossil fuels now, it won’t matter what our country does.
  • People.

    By Boardz20
    Racism is dumb. God created us as equals, no matter our skin color, our language we speak, and what to do in personal relationships.
  • It is free. You are free to read it

    By Zin1guy
    It’s not free because consumers rarely appreciate items if they are free. The value is not recognized if you don’t have a small amount of skin in the game. I doubt the publisher would offer up their profit either. And I’m pretty sure Gates profits will go towards more climate mitigation...
  • A great book!

    By DeepattheBottomofThings
    I’ve read over a dozen books on the climate crisis, and this is my favorite one because it describes a simple framework for climate change that’s easy to understand and comprehensive. Highly recommended.
  • Why isn’t this book free?

    By Former USA Today user
    I haven’t read this book yet, but I’m struck by the fact that this book is not entirely subsidized by Bill Gates. If he really wants people to read his proposal, why is he charging for it? He can certainly afford to offer it for free and, as a result, spread the word far more broadly and quickly...
  • Hogwash!

    By Jbogey24
    Enough said...