Dr. Ramanathan is a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

He currently chairs an international science team from Asia, Africa and Latin America under the Atmospheric Brown Clouds Program sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Programme.

San Diego Union-Tribune Biography

Link: Full Biography

Ramanathan: How to Avoid a Dimmer, Drier World

Ramanathan receives Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change from the BBVA foundation
EFE Futuro
La Vanguardia

Nature: Turning Point - Climate Guardian

The Boom Interview: The Vatican’s Man in Paris Is a California Scientist

KPBS: Scripps Scientist Who Advised Pope Is In Paris For Climate Events

AP: Scientists enlist the big gun to get climate action: Faith

NY Times: Vatican Has a Seat at the Table, but It Focuses on Moral Suasion

Patt Morris interviews Ramanathan for the LA Times

LA Times article: Meet Jerry Brown's team of science advisors

Ramanathan named one of the 100 global thought leaders for 2014

Conversations with the Dalai Lama

Ramanathan Receives the Tyler Prize, the highest environment award from the US

Ramanathan receives the highest environment award from the United Nations

U.S. News: A Darkening Sky - A smoky shroud over Asia blocks both sun and rain

Current Projects

Alliance between Science, Policy and Religion

Meet the Pope's Climate Scientist - An Evening with Dr. Ramanathan at Episcopal Church, San Diego

Pope Francis and the Hindu Scientist, 2016

Atmospheric Scientist Believes Religion and Compassion Across Borders are Keys to Stopping Global Warming, Tokyo Journal, 2016

Earth Day Talk, 2016

Pursuit of integral ecology

Pursuit of the common good

Lumen Christi Institute for Catholic Thought Lecture given at The International House at the University of Chicago. May 19, 2016. Solving the Climate Change Problem: Alliance Between Science, Religion & Policy

December 2015
Ramanathan in COP-21
The Los Angeles Times
UCOP Video
Associated Press
The New York Times

Ramanathan joins Cardinal Turkson on COP21 Press conference

(Photo courtesy of Dr. Tebaldo Vinciguerra)

June 2015
Ramanathan comments on Pope Francis' Climate Change Encyclical
CNN Video
The Times-Picayune
The Boston Herald
UT San Diego

April 2015
India gives a nod to HFCs mitigation under Montreal protocol as proposed1, 2, 3, 4, 5, by Ramanathan and colleagues
Link: The Hindu Article

Ramanathan works with the Catholic church and other religious leaders to mitigate climate change and bring sustainable energy access to the poorest three billion

Link: Daily Climate Article
(Photo courtesy of the Vatican)

May 2014
Ramanathan delivers message of climate change to Pope Francis

(Photo courtesy of the Vatican)

October 2013
Ramanathan Proposes the Two World Concept for Sustainability
V. Ramanathan: The Two Worlds We Inhabit: The Top 4 Billion (T4B) and the Bottom 3 Billion (B3B)
In press; Book Honoring Prof. Klaus Töpfer, Germany.

Credit: Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation. Click image for source article.

His research has identified the Himalayas and the Indo Gangetic Plains Monsoon as two of the most vulnerable regions to climate change.
Link: the highest environment award from the United Nations

Climate Change Solutions

Ramanathan co-chairs a report released at the UN Climate Week in New York, Sept 18th, 2017:

Well Under 2 Degrees Celsius: Fast Action Policies to Protect People and the Planet from Extreme Climate Change

Scripps Study: There's A Chance Climate Change Can Wipe Out Humans By 2050

Climate Policy Success Two new studies released today find that global temperature increases can be limited to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as global leaders have pledged through the Paris Agreement, but only if the world quickly pursues three cooling approaches.

The Window Is Closing to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming


Climate Solutions for Carbon Neutrality and Climate Stability

Ramanathan leads fifty researchers from the 10-Campus UC system to develop 10 Scalable Solutions to Bend the Curve.
Bending the Curve report
UC Carbon Neutrality Summit at UCSD organized by Dr. Ramanathan
UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Video
Bending the Curve on Climate Change Video


September 19, 2016
Short Lived Climate Pollutants bill is passed in CA… the first such bill dedicated to SLCPs.

July 2015
Ramanathan Joins Governor Jerry Brown of California to propose solutions for stabilizing Climate Change at the Vatican summit of World Mayors organized by Pope Francis in July 2015.
The complete YouTube video of July 21 by the Vatican Internet Office. Dr. Ramanathan's talk begins at minute 26.
Photos courtesy of the Pope's photographer here.
More photos taken by attendees at the Academy (these are free to use as long as they are credited to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences) July 21 and July 22

February 16, 2012
Clean AIr Coalition announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recognizes Ramanathan:

On February 16th, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants Initiative was annouced. See the announcement from the US State Department. More information on targeted Short Lived Climate Pollutants here. See coverage in the San Diego Union Tribune

November 28, 2010
New York Times Op-Ed:

In To Fight Climate Change, Clear the Air, Dr. Ramanathan and UCSD Professor David Victor outline mitigation opportunities for the COP 16 Conference in Cancun, Mexico.
Link: Full Piece (.pdf)


Breathing Cleaner Air
Ten Scalable Solutions for Indian Cities


Project Surya: www.projectsurya.org

January 2016
Project Surya is ready to scale up to one million homes and help create a Black Carbon Hole

April 2014
First Roll Out of C2P2 Stoves in 5000 Homes: C2P2_McQuown5000

March 2007
Over 3 Billion living in rural areas can not afford fossil fuel. Creating sustainable fuel options can have dramatic positive impacts on health and regional climate.
Link: Project Surya White Paper (.pdf)

Used by permission from Adam Ferguson, VII Network


October 21, 2013
ICAMP (India-California Air Pollution Mitigation Program)

Diesel black Carbon mitigation program inaugurated by Governor Brown
Ramanathan is Co_Chair of ICAMP, which is a joint initiative by the University of California at San Diego, The Energy Resources Institute, India and the California Air Resources Board and is sponsored by the World Bank.