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Solving for Zero

Explore revolutionary technologies that could help save our planet from the worst effects of climate change. Solving for Zero is an exclusive documentary inspired by the Bill Gates best-selling book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.
Solving for Zero is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 14.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Overview of Climate Change Technology I found this a very interesting overview of new technologies to, hopefully, help solve climate change. It is a basic overview so that the non-scientists among us can follow the concepts. I did have questions that were not answered as this was an overview. For example, there is no discussion of what the downsides of any of these new technologies may be. I notice some reviews mention Bill Gates himself. In case it is helpful, I did not read the book by Bill Gates. I also do not know if he personally or his Foundation has a stake in any of these technologies. He did appear in the video briefly, but the focus is on the 5 different technologies and some on the people working on, and affected by, those technologies. A final note. When I finished the video, there was a note to watch the other 10 episodes. However, there were not 10 episodes - there was one (Wondrium lists documentaries as Episode 1 - at least if you download on your phone to watch later.). I had to do a Google search to learn that there is another series titled "Solving for Zero: The Search for Climate Innovation" that has 10 episodes and is related to this documentary. As that series is about 5 hours over 10 episodes, it is clear there is new material. However, I cannot tell if, or how much, of this documentary is repeated in those 10 episodes. I would have liked more clarity on all this.
Date published: 2022-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sobering, Inspiring and Motivating This course was particularly valuable for me. I highly endorse it to anyone interested in the issues associated with climate change. I concluded a long time ago that climate change was the primary issue for our generation. So the question for me was how do we solve this problem? I am an engineer, so I think along those lines. I always have. That is the focus of this course. It is a fresh and realistic look at the engineering and business problems as well as solutions that are being worked on. Even though it discusses the developing technologies, it does it at a level that we all, regardless of our background, can fully appreciate the material presented. I really hope that this course inspires others as it did myself. It is motivating...
Date published: 2022-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot wait to watch the next episodes! What a stunning documentary! I had read parts of Bill Gates' book, yet this documentary made me want to read the whole book very soon (I just ordered it and look forward to receiving it). I also subscribed to the newsletters of all the projects introduced in the documentary and very much look forward to receiving updates on all those HOPEFUL projects. I also cannot wait to share these all with my contacts. Bravo to Wondrium for initiating this wonderful series.
Date published: 2022-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye opening and informative I quite love documents like this as a way of updating my knowledge base at least on a layperson's terms. I do have to say on the Shipping Wind Technology, the wind's not always blowing, why not use a combination such as wind and hydro, or wind and Solar, or a combination of all three? I absolutely found the agriculture segment fascinating too, I have a cousin who studied the Agricultural Sciences and the things they can accomplish with cross-pollination is fantastic. I do however think the pollution already in the oceans - especially where the currents meet, should also be addressed, some way of cleaning it up. Though that might actually take a concerted international effort. All in all absolutely fantastic.
Date published: 2022-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I found this video very inspiring and hopeful. People doing the hard work for the planet and humanity. It seems that people, who found no value in the video, have no interest in making things better. All they have to offer is negativity as opposed to a solution. It's the people who are boots on the ground doing the challenging work every day for the masses, as well as the naysayers. I'm excited to see the other 9 videos.
Date published: 2022-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Solving for zero Not even remotely scientific. Useless. I hope they do not waste any more money on developing this series.
Date published: 2022-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, and great education. Thank you for making this series, as a family, we enjoyed this very much. We are hopeful of what humanity coming together with a common goal could produce. And also, it's mind opening to see what so many of these experts are already doing; and most of all contributing their life energy to this work -- solving for zero: for the future to come. Thank you for all you do! - All the way from Singapore.
Date published: 2022-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Understanding climate change for a new generation It is interesting documentary. I liked the ideas explored in the doc with multiple teams. Great perspective on climate change through the eyes of investors, scientists and other enthusiasts. Hope the series follow this would be much more detailed in analysis and solutions.
Date published: 2022-04-15
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Overview

Right now, humanity is confronting one of the greatest challenges we’ve ever faced. Our climate is changing—rapidly. If we’re to prevent the worst effects of climate change, we’ll need to lower greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. And to meet that deadline, we’ll need to innovate like never before. 

In Solving for Zero, explore the many different challenges we face, and how technology can help us do things differently, from how we make building materials to how we move around the world to how we grow food for an increasing population. This feature-length documentary, inspired by Bill Gates’ best-selling book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” is an informative and inspiring adventure into how everything we do needs to be done differently in order to adapt to rising sea levels, droughts, and other climate-related challenges.

You’ll meet the innovators and investors willing to take incredible risks to do incredible things, from harnessing the energy of a star while on Earth to building the largest sailing vessel in human history.  And you’ll discover how, when you have enough smart people working on a problem, anything is possible. Even saving the planet.

About

Bill Gates

If you have enough smart people working on a problem, you can make anything happen, within the laws of physics, of course.

Bill Gates is a technologist, business leader, and philanthropist. In 1975, he cofounded Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen; today, he is cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to authoring How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, he launched Breakthrough Energy, an effort to commercialize clean energy and other climate-related technologies.

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Solving for Zero

01: Solving for Zero

In this Wondrium-exclusive documentary inspired by Bill Gates’ best-selling book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, explore how changemakers are developing remarkable new tools and methods to help lower carbon emissions to net-zero by the year 2050.

69 min