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Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, shares what he has learnt in more than a decade of studying climate change and investing in innovations to address climate problems. He explains how the world can work to build the tools it needs to get to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions - investing in research, inventing new technologies and deploying them quickly at a large scale. Gates is optimistic that the world can prevent the worst impacts of the climate crisis. 

This is a visionary and inspiring book by one of the world's most celebrated public figures. 

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Just awesome, most appropriate and pragmatic view

I am a great follower of Mr. Gates, he is very apt in his approach

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  • RY
  • 22-02-21

7 hours to save several generations!

Step by step, well structured and thoughtf
ul guide to not only raise awareness on the scale of the problem but also the potential solutions at every level of the government, private sector and what we as individuals can do to tackle this existential threat to life on planet earth!

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A much needed step in the right direction!

Gates beautifully explains the need, current state and how to sustainably bring down our nett carbon emission from 51 billion Tonne/year to 0 while keeping the economic progress intact.

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  • Sliperysoapbox
  • 25-02-21

Fantastically pragmatic and a-political

What an exceptional, pragmatic, a-political and accessible book about how to correct our trajectory away from a climate disaster. Great analysis, that gives you good rules of thumb without overwhelming you with confusing details. Linking that directly to actions and outcomes so readers can walk away empowered to make a difference and have some hope.

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  • John
  • 19-02-21

I feel wiser

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It's great to read a book by an author who writes dispassionately and with passion. Too often this topic is approached with either excess cynicism or misanthropic pessimism, often by activists with unfeasible demands. The book's premise could be summed up as 'Climate change is a big problem, but we might be able to solve it and here's how..."

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For my English ear Wil Wheaton sounds like he's an intern at the Fisher Price school of Emphasis. Some may find his delivery rewarding; full of boyish enthusiasm. Perhaps the accent is similar to a Robert Downy Jr. flavour of American? To me it sounds like a patronising school teacher attempting to explain to a recalcitrant toddler, for the tenth time, the right way to sit on a loo seat.

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  • George T
  • 17-02-21

Excellent!

Great read for anyone interested in climate change and it’s potential solutions. Gates has been applying his considerable mental and monetary efforts to this area for some time and this book gives a brilliant overall view of the problems we face. Clear factual arguments cut through the noise and highlight that we need to think bigger in our solutions. Informative and entertaining.

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  • James Burkill
  • 22-02-21

Shut up Wesley

Good book, well argued, well preformed, but I almost didn't buy it when I realised I'd have to listen to noises coming out of Will Wheaton's stupid face.

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  • Heisenberg
  • 17-02-21

Important and informative

An important and informative book that should be compulsory listening for all politicians and decision makers. Not an easy listen, with difficult facts, but it is not all gloom and does offer hope and solutions which could lead us out of this crisis.

Will Wheaton is a good narrator and always easy to listen to, though maybe better suited in style to fiction.

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  • Mark
  • 23-02-21

Essential reading

This is a well written and thought provoking book. Gates does a great job of boiling down a potentially complex topic to make it accessible and easily memorable, in a pithy and meaningful way. He is also not afraid to admit his own shortcomings when it comes to climate change.

The climate change problems and implications are presented clearly, as well as many of the potential solutions. Many of the required changes will require willingness from government and big business, but he also highlights the things ordinary people can start doing today to help directly, as well as change the behaviour and attitudes of politicians and CEOs.

I certainly learned a lot while reading, as well as an increased sense of empowerment over my own contribution to climate change.

It’s efforts like this from someone as well known and influential as Bill Gates that could make a real difference as we try to tackle climate change. This is a problem that needs to be solved, and Bill Gates has a plan.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-21

Great book, easy to follow would recommend

Great book, easy to follow would recommend. Bill Gates speaks with clarity and doesn't over complicate the solution side.

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  • angus
  • 27-02-21

good coverage of the basics

interesting angle from a man who was initially more concerned with economic growth in developing nation before then discovering climate change action

humorous and good coverage of the major emissions sources, solutions and the issues associated with each

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  • Maxwell
  • 26-02-21

If you like to hear the math...

Heavy on the numbers, market economics and finance, but a brilliant real world global analysis of the challenges of climate change

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-21

The most important issue for the world.

Enjoyed. However the delivery is rather frantic. Should be encouraged reading in schools, EVERYWHERE !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-21

USA Focused

It’s a good book, however, if you aren’t interested in how climate politics works in America there is a good 1 to 2 hours of content you won’t enjoy.

Be prepared for the phrase ‘The US and Europe’. Is Europe a country? Are there any other countries on Earth?

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  • cameron c
  • 25-02-21

very interesting and inspiring

really enjoyed it just a really interesting take on moving us towards a cleaner engergy solutions and be realistic expectations on how to archive it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-02-21

Both daunting and inspiring

I really enjoyed the focus on ways in which we can all play a role in addressing what is clearly humanity's biggest challenge. Bill leaves the reader in no doubt as to the magnitude of the threat posed to humanity by climate change, however this work is essentially solution focused. I found it informative and ultimately uplifting.
Presented in an audible format the information is accessible to those who might not access scientific literature.