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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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©2020 Bill Gates (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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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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Must read

Wow! what a book.Must read book.This book give us th solutions to avoid to the most urgent problem.

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Great introduction to climate change

Great introduction to climate change. A nice summary on our 51 billion tons of emissions and where they come from.

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Apt for US readers

Covers very high level reasons for environment pollution. Mostly remediation is focusses on US. Overall, one time listen.

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Read to know atmost available information regarding climate change

If your expecting review. Trust me it’s best book. Bill has does really wonderful research.

I’ll sum up this whole book in 1 word; to know the climax but you will loose chance to gain massive amounts of information that is needed to know to avoid climate change.
I started with audible now I’m going to order hard and soft copy too.

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  • RG
  • 19-04-21

can't think of anything better on climate change

it just reignited my.interest on climate change, different technologies out there, what stage they are at, what we can do as an individual and role.our companies can play. everything summed up in

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An eye opener

This book helps me see things in a different light for most aspects of climate change. It is challenging and motivating us to take action and clearly sets atleast one possible path to preventing climate disaster.
Must read.

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Succinct explanation on Climate change

Well explained climate change with demographic data and information. However, it's businessmans view on climate change and plan.

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Bill Gates makes a credible shot at Nobel peace pr

Gates makes a credible shot at Nobel peace prize. He draws attention to a topic which is the most important discussion that needs to be had on social, personal and political levels.

What is best about this book? Gates shows different and converging aspects about management of climate change. He deals with them individually and collectively. At the same time, he is not overstating the case and is factual in his representation. He introduces Politics, markets, economics as opposing, balancing and counterbalancing measures as the case be and subtly introduces the play between multiple factors. Gates introduces a problem but he does not answer. He leads vision, thought and where effort should be. Quite rightly so...a topic as convoluted as Climate change cannot have straight answers.

What could be better? Gates touches on 3rd world and how Climate change will adversely impact these economies the most. Yet, on example basis, he dwells on American examples of Dollar and livelihood impact. I would have certainly liked more Sub-Saharan or Indian or ASEAN examples to drive the points on impact, livelihood etc.

This book is a definite read for people who want to understand Climate change - the politics, economics and the science behind all of this. Inspite of the clairvoyant pitch, I doubt this book will serve to increase empathy towards the cause. That's a pity, because the book does its best to make an empathy perspective.

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Amazing eye opener

We all know what climate change is. How it affects us. What we can do about it. We know it all.
But this book is totally different. It talked about the things we don’t know, things we can do, things we should do and things governments need to do and come together. He talks statistics and mathematics in order to prove his point that it extremely valuable to a lay man who does not tend to involve in them in normal life. I hope he gets the world to change.

Thank you.
Manpreet Singh

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-04-21

Great read. So many amazing steps that we can take

Great read. So many amazing steps that we can take for a sustainable future.

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  • CES
  • 16-03-21

enjoy Wil's reading/Bill summaries is great

Bills research is amazing and I felt summaries the scope of the problem perfectly thanks

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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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  • 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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  • Stefan Wawrzyniak
  • 08-03-21

An example of a hypocrite

Behave as you would have others behave, as in You keep telling us ( the world) to save energy, but I wish you'd practice what you preach.

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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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  • N. J. Thomas
  • 23-04-21

Fox says how best to secure the henhouse

Bill Gates has got lots of statistics and proposes that the oligarchs solve the problems they're greed has created he's willing to do anything but relinquish intellectual property rights
This man has tinkered in world health and now probably killed millions by stopping Oxford University from removing Intellectual property rights for its vaccine 😩 what a ass hole! Save your money buy a different book or read green parties platform

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  • Daniel O'Connor
  • 22-03-21

Potentially fascinating; ruined by the narrator

I'd been looking forward to listening to this book and now look forward to buying the Kindle version and reading it.

I'll be returning the audiobook, though, because I can't listen to another word of the faux-comic narrator, Wil Wheaton. His performance is totally misjudged. It's as if he looked through the content and thought: this needs more comedy stylings. So every third or fourth sentence is delivered as if a punchline to a joke. It's incredibly distracting.

Was Simon Vance or someone a bit more capable not available to do this?

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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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  • 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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  • Harry Chrispin
  • 18-03-21

Not enough personal information

More time is spent on discussing the heights that bridges should be designed at than on the importance of encouraging personal changes. Gates underplays how people can contribute to solving this problem and instead seems like a broken record at times listing technologies required. It is a potentially dangerous attitude that is unrequired right now as the world seems to be gaining momentum on combatting climate change. There are better books on the subject.

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  • Simon
  • 15-03-21

struggled to get engaged

I enjoy data heavy books, facts and figures are a great way for understanding a situation. unfortunately they're never great as audiobooks. that said it's a great subject and some really insightful ideas.

I did struggle with Will Wheaton though, I like him and he's a great science communicator, but the way he emphasised words and parsed sentences made it sound like he was trying to explain the subject to younger individuals than perhaps those that will read this book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-03-21

Great, wasn't on the edge of my seat though.

Wheaton has a great voice; I loved Gates' intro though, wish he'd read it all

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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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  • Charlie The Wonder Dog
  • 02-05-21

Bill and Will - what a team!!

Will Wheaton makes the book, after hearing Bill read his intro it proves he is an excellent businessman as he knows were his strengths lie and it’s not narration. don’t think I could have made it thru this excellent essay without the real talent that is Will making some excellent writing come alive!!

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  • DDD
  • 29-04-21

Interesting and funny

I came into this with low expectations for the entertainment value of a book on climate change. But I was delighted to find Bills writing both witty and funny. Great read!

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  • fridja
  • 26-04-21

Good overview but no groundbreaking insight

Good overview of the climate change issue and possible directions for solutions.
If you already are following climate action closely there’s not that much to learn.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-21

Best book I've read in a long time!

An exceptional book that everyone must listen to. Well researched and well presented. Best book I've listened to in a long time. Must buy.

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  • Stephen
  • 21-04-21

I recommend that everyone reads this book

Will Wheaton did an amazing job narrating the book (as he always does). This book really helped me gain an understanding of the whole climate change problem and how we can address it. Thanks Bill for laying out the issue and solutions so clearly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-21

Informative timely and life saving

Certainly an eye opening book backed by research and facts. Highly recommend for anyone who understands numbers.

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  • Yvonne
  • 12-04-21

a very important message

well structured with solid validations. could get a bit lost with all the facts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-21

Climate Change Now

This is an important book because it makes the issue of tackling climate change accessible