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How to Prepare for Climate Change

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I got the book. how-to-prepare-for-climate-change-cover.


It's time to accept the new realities – of extreme weather, sure, but also what that weather will mean for our everyday lives: a lot of conflict, cost, and chaos.

In 2007, The New York Times interviewed John Holdren, Barack Obama's senior science advisor. What he said has become famous in climate circles:

"We basically have three choices: mitigation, adaptation, and suffering. We're going to do some of each. The question is what the mix is going to be."

Once you start reading about climate science, you encounter these terms a lot.

  • Mitigation means trying to stop climate change: Replace fossil fuels with clean power. Eat less beef. Fly less. Grow trees instead of clear-cutting them. Adopt smarter farming and industrial techniques. Drive less. Have fewer children.
  • Adaptation means coping with climate change: Build seawalls. Raise houses. Move farmland to cooler regions. Plant heat-tolerant trees. Buy out homeowners in flood-prone areas.
  • Suffering. Well, you'll be reading plenty about that.

There's no longer any intra-expert arguing over mitigation versus adaptation; it's too late for that. We have to do both, as hard and as fast as possible.

Reams have been written about what you, as an individual, can do to pursue mitigation – and you should. You should mitigate the hell out of your home, your family, your town, your employer, your voting record.

But so far, the only people doing much adaptation are governments, corporations, and institutions.

Where does that leave you, the individual? You can't build a seawall this weekend. You can't persuade farmers to move north. You can't develop drought-proof seeds.

That's where this book comes in. It's a practical guide to adaptation steps that you can take, as one person – for your own benefit, your family's, and your community's. It's about where to live, how to invest, what to eat, how to build, what insurance you need, how to talk to your kids...Book excerpt: "How to Prepare for Climate Change" by David Pogue - CBS News


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Bill Gates has a book out now. He's on board.


Gates also warned of massive unrest across the globe if greenhouse gas emissions are not eliminated on time. In some countries, people who farm won't be able to work outdoors during the day, and tens of millions of people will migrate, causing civil wars and great unrest, Gates said. 

Gates writes in his new book, "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need," that the loss of life and economic misery caused by the coronavirus pandemic are comparable to what will happen regularly if much more is not done to combat climate change. Nearly half a million Americans have died thus far from the disease.

"The death toll would be even worse near the equator," Gates said. "And the unrest would be global in nature." 

Gates also said former President Trump stepping back from the Paris climate agreement and other environmental priorities allowed other countries to do the same, especially as "the innovation power of the U.S. is the greatest of any country."

"When we don't participate the other countries are like, 'OK this isn't going to happen. Why should we even try?'" he said. ....Bill Gates thinks Americans' lives have to change to save the world. Here's where to start. - CBS News


Once people like Gates go public like this, then you know the money will flow green and change is inevitable.

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