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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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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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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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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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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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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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a very important message

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

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Climate Change Now

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

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This could change the world

Smart, simple, fair. Essential reading for any politician, and every voter. Complicated matters explained for the everyday person.

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Fantastic

A great no-nonsense read of a complex issue. Also, Wil Wheaton is rad! Love his trajectory from Star Trek to Big Bang Theory to HERE!

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clear understand and simple

wealth of knowledge put in a way I can understand but allso a 10yo could too

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  • 19-04-2021

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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  • 16-03-2021

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
  • 25-02-2021

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
  • 19-02-2021

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
  • 22-02-2021

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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  • George T
  • 17-02-2021

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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  • Daniel O'Connor
  • 22-03-2021

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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  • Stefan Wawrzyniak
  • 08-03-2021

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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  • Mark
  • 23-02-2021

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
  • 17-02-2021

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
  • 18-03-2021

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
  • 15-03-2021

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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  • Clive
  • 11-03-2021

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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