Akshat Rathi is a London-based senior reporter for Bloomberg News. He tells stories of the people and their ideas tackling the biggest problem facing humanity: climate change. His first book is about scaling climate solutions and will be published in October. He has also edited a book of essays from young climate leaders.
Akshat has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Oxford, and a BTech in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai. You can sign up to his weekly Zero newsletter, subscribe to his weekly Zero podcast, and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Previously, Akshat was a senior reporter at Quartz and a science editor at The Conversation. He has also worked for The Economist and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His writings have also been published in Nature, The Hindu, The Guardian, Ars Technica, and Chemistry World, among others. And he has won numerous awards for his work:
- 2023: Whitman Bassow Award from the Overseas Press Club for the best reporting on international environmental issues, and SABEW Award for explanatory stories.
- 2022: Two-time Loeb Award finalist for the ESG Mirage and the Methane Menace, Wincott Award for Journalism of the Year and British Journalism Award commendation for investigating ESG ratings, and SABEW Award for international reporting on methane.
- 2021: British Journalism Award commendation for an investigation of ExxonMobil’s emissions.
- 2020: Distinguished Alumni Award by the Institute of Chemical Technology.
- 2018: The Drum’s Online Media Award for Journalist of the Year and John B. Oakes Award finalist for distinguished environmental journalism.
Akshat has won fellowships from Columbia University and City University of New York to enhance his reporting work. He has also served on the advisory panel of the 2019 Cairncross Review on the sustainability of high-quality journalism in the UK.