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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the… (utgåvan 2021)

av Bill Gates (Författare)

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Titel:How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need
Författare:Bill Gates (Författare)
Info:Random House of Canada (2021), 272 pages
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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need av Bill Gates


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There are some very good thoughts in this book.

But for me he repeated himself to often sometimes and in it was missing detailed information in some places for me

Would recomend reading it, when you´re interested in climate change and technologie that could solve some problems ( )
  jabumble | Sep 4, 2021 |
It’s no secret that climate change has begun to affect human lifestyles. Unfortunately, world politics and economics are ill-positioned to deal with this crisis. If we can’t agree that vaccines are a good thing, how can we agree on the difficult sacrifices required to preserve our planet for future generations? Despite this (or perhaps because of this), Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the philanthropy Gates Foundation, is lending not only his name but also his time/energy to the effort. In this text, he approaches the crisis as an engineering problem and spells out specific needs and solutions for the world to embrace. However, he neglects to address how to overcome politically entrenched special interests groups.

Without a doubt, the billionaire Gates is thinking about his legacy as he attempts to give much of his fortune away through the Gates Foundation. This book, likewise, is certainly part of these efforts. Nonetheless, he shows particular care in how he deals with these issues in detail. He talks about specific technologies and economic impacts. This book does not go the way of a mere jeremiad about the environment, but is rather concerned with specifics of how humans will survive under new conditions. It will upset many who stand to lose power, money, and influence in a remade world economy.

This book covers everything from what is happening and why, to how society must change and how individuals can promote change today. He also shows attention to the concerns of poorer nations – those most affected by climate change who did the least to cause it. This book’s most difficult aspect is that it covers so many details that the reader is easily overwhelmed. That just goes to show that climate change is a complex problem with complex solutions.

Gates is ambitious to tackle this subject. He does an excellent job at providing high-level analysis. However, readers cannot help if they feel he is being a bit idealistic about solutions. Climate change is on the radar of politicians in developed countries, but if the public lacks the political will to attack COVID squarely, how can we unify in attack against something as difficult and upsetting as climate change? I’m a bit cynical that we will. Gates needs helpers among national leaders in the ruling classes. Still, technologists should bite at these prospects, however, because he talks details about economic opportunities to seize the future.

With this book, Gates attempts to pique the interests of the reading public about the effects of climate change. He does so in a practical and helpful way that advances the conversation. He is not a partisan of any political ideology nor a scientific ideology. He is realistic and honest about the sacrifices needed. I lament that society does not have much of a choice about tackling this matter. I also lament that so many think that we do, choosing short-term financial gain over long-term human health. It’s time to act, and Gates makes that case forthrightly. I’m wondering, though, is anyone listening? ( )
  scottjpearson | Aug 10, 2021 |
A very succinct and educational book. We owe it to ourselves, to the planet and to future generations to act now. ( )
  geoff79 | Jul 11, 2021 |
This is exactly the book about climate change you would expect from Bill Gates. What do I mean by that?

1. Bill Gates is a technology nerd who also had the business savvy to grow a start-up tech company into one of the largest corporations in the world. While the title of this book may make you think it's aimed at you and I, its really not. It's aimed at government and business leaders, and its full of charts and graphs and useful information to help prioritize the things they can do to move societies globally to zero carbon emissions. There is a bit at the end of the book about what you and I can do, but it felt mostly like an afterthought to me.

2. Gates and his soon to be ex-wife Melinda have a foundation focused on using business tools and innovation to tackle issues like poverty and disease. In this book he tackles the issue of climate change like a business challenge, and uses a simple tool a consultant would love (the Green Premium) to point out areas where the world needs to innovate solutions to drive carbon emissions down. Gates takes it as given that we can't expect poorer nations to stop progress in advancing the quality of life for their citizens, even though, all else being equal, those advances will increase carbon emissions. Rather, he expects nations like the US, with much higher budgets for research and innovation (both public and private), to take the lead on finding the solutions that will drive those emissions down. By doing so, the richer nations will benefit from creating new technologies that will have worldwide marketability.

3. Bill Gates is a billionaire who owns multiple houses, jets, etc. Many people take Gates' lifestyle and large carbon footprint (he flew his own jet to the Paris Climate talks!) as prima facie evidence that he's a hypocrite and that this book is all about making us "little people" pay the price for solving climate change. On the contrary, Gates fully admits in the book that he and his family have a large carbon footprint. He also expresses the view that most of us humans don't want to suffer the climate disaster that's coming, but that doesn't mean we also don't want, for ourselves and our children, all the benefits of modern living that as a side effect unfortunately lead us to that disaster. This is a part of the central point of the book - that innovation is needed and can be achieved to drive our societies to zero carbon emissions while still allowing for more and more humans to enjoy the good life.

I give How to Avoid a Climate Disaster 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - I really liked this book and was glad I read it. I learned quite a bit from reading it. I recommend it to anyone interested in climate change and what we as societies will need to do to address it.

I listened to the audiobook version of this book. Gates voices the Introduction, and Wil Wheaton narrates the rest of the book. I thought Wheaton was the perfect choice, and he did an excellent job. ( )
  stevrbee | Jun 22, 2021 |
I found this a very readable and brief introduction to all the causes and issues around climate change and how we might get to zero emissions.
It tackles some of the myths while pointing out that the things we think about most are actually easiest to fix - i.e transport but the things we barely ever think about - manufacturing steel, concrete etc are the hardest things to fix and we are not thinking about them in public discourse nearly enough. I did laugh at the price of petrol comparisons though - it ain't that cheap in the UK love!
There is an emphasis on US politics inevitably but the principles are the same. Gates is a techno-optimist and is at least one who puts his money where his mouth is. I hope he's right and that slow improvements / discoveries will lead to carbon reduction. But will it be fast enough? - who knows - probably not - it's probably already too late. ( )
  infjsarah | Jun 19, 2021 |
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