How to avoid a climate disaster : the solutions we have and the breakthroughs we need / Bill Gates.Material type: BookPublisher: London : Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2021Description: 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780241448304; 0241448301.Other title: Solutions we have and the breakthroughs we need.Subject(s): CLIMATIC CHANGES | CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATIONHoldings: GRETA POINT: 551.583 GAT
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: 51 billion to zero -- 1. Why zero? -- 2. This will be hard -- 3. Five questions to ask in every climate conversation -- 4. How we plug in -- 5. How we make things -- 6. How we grow things -- 7. How we get around -- 8. How we keep cool and stay warm -- 9. Adapting to a warmer world -- 10. Why government policies matter -- 11. A plan for getting to zero -- 12. What each of us can do -- Afterword: Climate change and COVID-19 -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
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 toward 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.
GRETA POINT: 551.583 GAT