The winner of numerous awards for his research, Ramanathan discovered the greenhouse effect of CFCs in 1975 and showed that a ton each of CFC-11 and CFC-12 has more global warming effect than 10,000 tons of CO2. This discovery established the now accepted fact that non-CO2 gases are a major contributor to planet warming and also enabled the Montreal protocol to become the first successful climate mitigation policy. He was named to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences by Pope John Paul II and was honored as the science advisor to Pope Francis’ holy see delegation to the historic 2015 Paris climate summit. Ramanathan now devotes his career to breaking down the barriers between climate science and religion, and advises faith leaders and engages religious communities across denominations.
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