UCTV Prime’s series “Lifting the Blanket: The Pursuit of a Climate Change Solution” has been following the remarkable journey of Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Veerabhadran Ramanathan, whose scientific curiosity took him from a refrigeration plant in his native country of India to becoming a globally recognized leader in climate change research.
Episodes one and two tracked the progress of his groundbreaking research that identified the significant contribution of CFCs and black carbon soot to global warming. In episode 3, “Can the World Breathe Easy?,” Ramanathan returns to India with an international collaboration to demonstrate that improving cooking methods in the developing world could slow global warming and improve public health along the way.
Watch episode 3 now, or catch up with Ramanthan’s quest to find human-scale solutions to climate change at the series website. Stay tuned February 12 for the fourth and final installment, “Scientific Authority Meets Moral Authority.”
In the first episode of UCTV Prime’s new series “Lifting the Blanket: Pursuit of a Climate Change Solution,” we introduced you to Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher Veerabhadran Ramanathan, whose curiosity led him from working in a refrigeration plant in India to making a landmark discovery that changed the face of climate research forever.
Episode 2, “The Dirty Sky” depicts what came next in Ramanthan’s quest to find human-scale solutions to climate change. His research uncovered how the black carbon soot from the rural Asian subcontinent was creating damaging atmospheric brown clouds, a major contributor to global warming, second only to CO2. His discoveries led to unprecedented support from the United Nations Environment Programme and new hope for realistic interventions that could conceivably reduce the rate of global warming by as much as 50% in the next 50 years.
Beginning his career as an engineer at a refrigeration plant in India, Veerabhadran Ramanathan went on to make one of the most important climate change discoveries when he identified chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as even larger contributors to global warming than the previously identified culprit, carbon dioxide.