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

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 30 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.

©2017 Paul Hawken (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[A] comprehensive and exacting compilation of vivid exposition and data...A rigorous and profoundly important resource." ( Booklist)

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Well researched and explained, but tedious

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would tell them to buy the book, not the audiobook

What was one of the most memorable moments of Drawdown?

The end

Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Solimene’s performances?

No

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

So much amazing data, but really tedious to listen to, read out as it is, with specific costs and benefits in specific numbers for every solution discussed. Worse is the narration - slow, mechanical, boring tone. If this wasn't Paul Hawken, whose other books are wonderful, I would have stopped listening in the first 10 minutes.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Great book narrated by a GPS voice navigation bot.

This book illuminated a lot of climate change solutions I wasn't aware of, which I enjoyed immensely, but the narration was really bad. Mispronounced words and emphases placed on the wrong syllables were used throughout the book.

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Computer voice

The content is fascinating but the computer-voice of the narrator is almost intolerable for me

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Dynamite book, labored reading, buy paper copy

What made the experience of listening to Drawdown the most enjoyable?

The work is very important and well done, but too academic for listening versus reading as a reference work.

What did you like best about this story?

Paul Hawken is an amazing person who's done important, trailblazing work all his life. This book is no exception. Gives badly needed hope in some very dark times, and provides tons of great ideas and guidance. He more in touch with the community of people who care about preserving life (of all kinds) on this planet, and gives them a powerful voice. Thanks Paul!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Solimene?

Not sure this book lends itself to being read aloud. Needs to be digested throughly instead, or just skimmed. Chris does a good job and is trying (a bit too hard) to be very clear in his pronunciation, but the result comes across as stilted and very flat – no warmth or humanity.

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I should have gotten the physical book

I’ll admit, I didn’t listen to the whole book. I was not prepared for a world class marathon of monotone. I was left feeling like the one kid in class came to school thinking that P.E. stood for pastry eating. I went in with enthusiasm but what I was met with ground me into the dirt.
Don’t get me wrong, the info in this book is to me what tummy rubs are to my strangely dog-like cat. I love it to bits, but I know Flynn would hate it if I used my sweaty, stinky foot to rub his belly half-heartedly rather than putting heart into it.
In short, get the real book, I’ll be looking to get my credit back for this one.

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Great book for understanding a huge problem

This book helped me understand the solutions I should be spending more time on, since it can get overwhelming at times.

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Fascinating book; horrendous narration

The narration is so bad it is almost impossible to focus on the content. If this book didn't contain such good info I would have given up after the first couple of chapters. The narrator puts the wrong emphasis on words, pauses in the wrong places - it's extraordinary. It's like he had no comprehension of what he was reading. They really need to re-record this.

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Very Important information, Told Poorly

This is a very comprehensive collection of methods for saving civilization from global warming, but it's buried in statistics and acronyms. And the reader is terrible.

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Hopeful and we’ll-researched.

A thorough ranking of possible actions that can be taken to mitigate greenhouse gasses. The ideas and rankings are sometimes quite surprising, and the modeling of each scenario is exhaustive. While the overall issue continues to be extremely daunting, this organized, realistic list of concrete, practical solutions, complete with timelines, costs and interactions gives a much needed ray of ‘we can actually do this’ in what often seems like an impossible situation.
The material is dry as toast, but the narration, apparently done by a truly advanced AI, occasionally achieves moments of sounding almost human.

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important topic, tedious narrator

This is encyclopedic collection of data on carbon avoidance technologies, including forecasts of potential impact on global carbon accumulation by 2050. Although the accuracy of the forecasts is unclear, the Drawdown project is to be commended for undertaking the systematic data gathering and model building required to produce this list. As an audible book it is problematic: the narrator reads so slowly that I had to listen at 1.5x, the first time I have had to speed up a book to make it tolerable.