Drawdown

The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
Narrated by: Christopher Solimene
Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Money & Finance, Economics
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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

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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.

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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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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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Computer voice

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

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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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Not an audio book.

The information may be great, but it's not formatted for an audio book and the narrator is terrible.

Sorry.

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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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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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Unoriginal and uninspiring

Comprehensive, but certainly not original. A better and more exacting source of this same kind of information could be found in IEA WEO scenarios, in particular the IEA SDS.

The narration was horrible, many chapters pretty much hit the same concept or theme. They watered down the narrative by trying to inject a bit of interesting history into the various solutions they explored, but all that really did was create a long drawn out storyline, many times taking the point they were trying to make off target. The Voodoo economics and emission reductions at the end of each chapter were not compelling and hard to follow ... always a massive savings in each alternative.

The author is pretty transparent in his biases, in particular renewables. Research is slowly providing evidence that Solar and Wind and hydro, aka "renewables" can be just as detrimental to the environment if pursued as a primary source of energy. You may think they are harmonious with nature by gathering energy from it, but its low energy density means the environment is damaged in trying to gather and store the amounts of energy we need. They are suitable for supplemental energy like rooftop solar, but not for paving wilderness and oceans in panels and windmills.

The best solution that we have today is nuclear power, high energy density, high reliability, lack of emissions, low environmental impact, high safety. The author suggesting that nuclear is a "regrets" solution is misplaced. Geothermal can work instead of nuclear, in areas with suitable geology, as nature is providing for you the nuclear fission and water heating.

Natural gas, although a fossil fuel is half the carbon emissions as coal, with none of the other particulate matter; but it’s most positive attributes are its Operational Benefits – In the form of enhanced flexibility as a quick starting generation resource to ramp up when needed on demand to provide the electric grid “reactive power” in light of the growing capacity additions of variable renewable generation such as wind and solar. Going forward RNG and Hydrogen can replace natural gas as a greener dispatchable source of fuel in power generation.

This will allow us to … over time … feather in wind/solar generation where it makes sense (economically, geographically). We need to lobby hard for our congress to Initiate a federal carbon tax, and start funding research in carbon capture technologies and energy storage systems (not just Li-ion batteries) that create a more diversified grid that is lower cost, more reliable, and resilient than the one we are trying to transition from.