How to Save the World for Just a Trillion Dollars: The Ten Biggest Problems We Can Actually Fix (Paperback)

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The ultimate thought experiment—what would you do with a trillion dollars?—opens our eyes to the good we can do for humanity if we spend wisely!

If you had a trillion dollars and a year to spend it for the good of the world, what would you do? It’s an unimaginable sum, the stuff of lighthearted hypotheticals, but author Rowan Hooper embarks on a quest to find out what would happen if we took the question extremely seriously. Speaking with experts of all kinds, he compiles a list of incredibly ambitious, world-changing ideas—ones that would secure the most profound, long-lasting benefits, from trying to end global poverty or reverse climate change to increasing human lifespans, refreezing the Arctic, saving all endangered species, and more. And then he dives into the numbers, breaking down strategies and costs to determine: How far could the money really go?

Hooper does reach a conclusion as to which project would do the most good for ourselves and our planet (you’ll have to read to find out!), but his most surprising discovery is how many incredible advancements are within reach—if we could only put our minds (and our money) to them!

About the Author

Rowan Hooper is a senior editor at New Scientist magazine and host of the New Scientist Weekly podcast. After gaining a PhD in evolutionary biology, he moved to Japan and worked in a conservation biology lab, then a national newspaper in Tokyo, then Trinity College Dublin in a nanophysics lab. He is the author of Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Mental and Physical Ability. His work has been published in the Guardian, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and the Economist. He lives in London with his partner and two daughters. Twitter @rowhoop

Praise For…

“Rowan Hooper shows that the world’s most intractable problems might not actually be intractable, if we just devoted the resources to solving them. How to Spend a Trillion Dollars is a fascinating, thought-provoking work.”—Elizabeth Kolbert, journalist and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sixth Extinction

Acclaim from the UK
“Will someone just give Rowan Hooper a mere trillion dollars and let him, very sensibly, save the world?”—Caitlin Moran

“In a world of doom-scrolling, trembling on the brink of causing a mass extinction event that will devastate civilization, it’s crucially important to point out that we already have the abilities needed not only to avoid catastrophe, but to thrive. That’s what Hooper does in fascinating and exciting detail.”—Kim Stanley Robinson

“At a moment when science is proving it can solve the most urgent of problems—given the right funding—Rowan Hooper asks a very interesting question. How much would it cost to solve all the world’s other problems? . . . Like any good game, this is deadly serious. What starts off seeming absurd ends up feeling obvious. Why would we not invest in our future? As Hooper says, ‘The world is full of extraordinary opportunities, and the vast majority are never undertaken.’”—James McConnachie, Sunday Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9781615198283
ISBN-10: 1615198288
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication Date: April 12th, 2022
Pages: 320
Language: English