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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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Bill Gates (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Expected a lot more

As this book has been promoted by many people I admire, my hopes that it would be great were high. However as someone who follows these topics very closely, I am disappointed. Many things have been discussed at a superficial level and some facts just not up to date. Maybe good for general reading, but don't expect much nuance.

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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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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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Good information, complete, but far too verbose

One would expect Bill Gates to have a good grasp of his subject, but he could get his message across in about half as many words.

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  • 10-07-21

Informative, convincing, clear

So helpful to have the amorphous and overwhelming epoch ending problem so clearly defined. So grateful for the action points, thank you Mr Gates!

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  • 08-07-21

Short and to the point

The book provides a good general view of all the sources of the greenhouse gasses and it's solutions in a short and understandable manner.

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  • 28-06-21

bueno y entendible

muy buen libro, pone en palabras sencillas el verdadero problema del cambio climático y cuales son las soluciones para individuos y para gobiernos, me gusta especialmente el punto de vista de los países en desarrollo.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.