Ramanathan is the Frieman endowed presidential chair Emeritus for climate sustainability at the University of California at San Diego and Cornell Climate Solutions Scholar, Cornell University. He discovered the greenhouse effect of chlorofluorocarbons and other heat trapping pollutant gasses. His findings on Non-CO2 global warming pollutants have led to several successful climate mitigation actions worldwide, including the formation of Climate and Clean Air Coalition by the United Nations to mitigate short lived climate pollutants. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2021 Blue Planet Prize and the 2018 Tang Prize. He was listed as Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2014 and named 2013 Champion of the Earth Laureate for the Science and Innovation category, by the United Nations Environment Program. He served as the science advisor for Pope Francis’ Holy See delegation to the UN’s 2015 Paris climate summit. He leads University of California’s Bending the Curve: Climate solutions education protocol, taught at many campuses around the world. He is elected to the Pontifical Academy of Science (council member); Royal Swedish Academy of Science, the US National Academy of Science and the World Academy of Sciences.

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