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  • Writer's pictureLars Christensen

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates


I finished this book in January 2022. I recommend this book 7/10.

If you are trying to wrap your head around all the hype about climate issues, this is a great book—sadly, I felt the end of the book where Bill was talking about what regular people can do, fell a little short. I wish there could have been a more united front that maybe Bill could lead; instead, he suggests that you should call your congress member.

With that said, the book is very well written. Rarely, a book containing many numbers and statistics doesn't get difficult to read. Get your copy here

My notes and thoughts:

  • 3 things we need to do soon:

    • To avoid climate disaster, we need to get to zero

    • We need to deploy the tools we already have, like solar and wind, faster and smarter

    • And we need to create and roll out breakthrough technologies that can take us the rest of the way

  • It will be hard: We need to go from 51 billion greenhouse gases to zero.

  • 5 questions to ask in any climate conversation

    • How much of the 51 billion tons are we talking about?

    • What's your plan for cement?

    • How much power are we talking about?

    • How much space do you need?

    • How much is it going to cost?

  • Where does the 51 billion come from?

    • How we plug in 27%

    • How we make things 31%

    • How we grow things 19%

    • How we get around 16%

    • How we keep cool and stay warm 7%

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