UCSD’s Ramanathan to speak at UCOP on global warming
What can we do to stop global warming?
V. “Ram” Ramanathan, an award-winning professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, will talk about this critical issue at a June 10 lecture “From CFCs to Cook Stoves: How We Can Work to Stop Global Warming.” The noon lecture at the Office of the President will be broadcast live via Ustream TV at www.ustream.tv/ucevents.
Ramanathan has been a pioneer in understanding climate and global warming. He discovered the powerful global warming effects of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other human-made gases in the 1970s and predicted 30 years ago that global warming would be detectable by 2000.
He helped lead an international team in discovering atmospheric brown clouds and found that these hazy plumes of air pollutants have major impacts on monsoon rainfall and rice harvests in India and glacier melting in the Himalayas.
His group has developed unmanned aircraft with equipment to measure black carbon and pollutants. He is working on replacing cook stoves, which produce a lot of pollutants, with cleaner technology in rural India.
Ramanathan has been widely recognized for his work with numerous distinguished awards, including the Tyler Prize, the Rossby Medal and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
The June 10 talk is part of a lecture series sponsored by UCOP’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies aimed at highlighting research being done at UC and its contributions to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.