Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

February 4, 2019 - Comment

• New York Times bestseller • The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world “At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective inoculation against the widespread perception

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• New York Times bestseller •

The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world

“At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective inoculation against the widespread perception of doom that humanity cannot and will not solve the climate crisis. Reported by-effects include increased determination and a sense of grounded hope.” —Per Espen Stoknes, Author, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming 

“There’s been no real way for ordinary people to get an understanding of what they can do and what impact it can have. There remains no single, comprehensive, reliable compendium of carbon-reduction solutions across sectors. At least until now. . . . The public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom.” —David Roberts, Vox

“This is the ideal environmental sciences textbook—only it is too interesting and inspiring to be called a textbook.” —Peter Kareiva, Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here—some are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the earth’s warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being—giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.

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Anonymous says:

Wonderful albeit incomplete Drawdown is long overdue. As with all of Hawken’s writings it’s well conceived, carefully researched and beautifully written. Thank goodness for this effort. Yet….I looked in vain for the evidence that the remedies discussed will materially change the trajectory of projected temperature increases. How much below 2 C will we stabilize at with full implementation of these 100 remedies? According to the book even the most aggressive scenario they model only reduces CO2 by less than…

Anonymous says:

Great idea but two huge compromising omissions I have spent a couple of hours with this book, read some sections in-depth. I was crazy looking forward to reading it, and it does contain what I think may be new ideas for many people. I am thankful for that.The book has two glaring deficits that make it a work that may ultimately harm our ability to move forward.The first is a striking lack of solutions that are ocean-related. The ocean is the great temperature and atmospheric regulator of our planet. It requires…

Anonymous says:

Gives hope despite a Trump world for now I teach a climate change course and hoped this book would serve as a guide for students to get them out of the existential crisis which IS climate change I have ordered the book for all my students because it will do just that.It takes some study to get how project drawdown works. It is great to get numbers for billion tons of CO2 reduced (GtCO2 which should be converted GtCeq) plus costs and savings for each of 80 solutions. The numbers are reasonable and it works like crowd…

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