Bill Gates provides a guide to fight climate change

By Coll Rowe | March 18 2021 | Common ReadsScience, Technology, Engineering & MathematicsEnvironmental Science

In How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Bill Gates shares what he’s learned in more than a decade of studying climate change and sets out a vision for how the world can build the tools it needs to get to zero greenhouse gas emissions.


Bill Gates explains what needs to be done to make a world where everyone can live a healthy life and protect the earth by avoiding a climate disaster:


In How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Gates gives us a clear-eyed description of the challenges ahead, describes the areas in which technology is already helping to reduce emissions, and 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.

Read an excerpt from the book: Chapter 6, “How We Grow Things”



Praise for Bill Gates’ How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

“How to Avoid a Climate Disaster is clear, concise on a colossal subject, and intelligently holistic in its approach to the problem. Gates may not be the perfect messenger, but he has written a fine primer on how to get ourselves out of this mess.”
—Adama Vaughan, New Scientist

“The most refreshing aspect of this book is its bracing mix of cold-eyed realism and number-crunched optimism . . . Ultimately his book is a primer on how to reorganise the global economy so that innovation focuses on the world’s gravest problems. It is a powerful reminder that if mankind is to get serious about tackling them, it must do more to harness the one natural resource available in infinite quantity—human ingenuity.” —The Economist

“His expertise . . . is apparent in the book’s lucid explanations of the scientific aspects of climate change. The solutions he outlines are pragmatic and grounded in forward-thinking economic reasoning. Although he does not avoid the hard truths we must face as our climate changes, Gates remains optimistic and believes that we have the ability to avoid a total climate disaster.”
—Miriam R. Aczel,


Read more about Bill Gates

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need
In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical—and accessible—plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.
$26.95 US
Feb 16, 2021
272 Pages