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Akshat Rathi

Akshat Rathi is a London-based journalist for Bloomberg News, and a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center. He tells stories of the people and their ideas tackling the biggest problem facing humanity: climate change.

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. 

Born in India in 1987, he holds a degree in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Oxford. He has published ten peer-reviewed scientific journal articles.

Akshat began his journalistic career in 2012 as a science reporter at The Economist, and before joining Bloomberg News worked as the Science Editor for The Conversation and as a Senior Reporter at Quartz. His work has also been published in the Guardian, The Hindu, Ars Technica and Nature, and cited in the Financial Times, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. In 2018 he won Journalist of the Year at the Drum Online Media Awards, was a finalist for the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism and was shortlisted for British Science Writer of the Year by the Association of British Science Writers.

Akshat is a frequent media commentator on issues related to business, technology, energy and climate change. His weekly newsletter ‘The Race to Zero Emissions’ launched in December 2017. Its thousands of expert subscribers include employees of all the world’s major oil companies, utility companies, investment firms, environmental NGOs, think tanks, consultancies and politicians in the UK, US, Australia and India. He is active on Twitter.

Akshat lives in London.


Books by Akshat Rathi

United We Are Unstoppable: 60 Inspiring Young People Saving Our World

Rights : John Murray (world rights)

Prisoners of Geography meets No One is too Small to Make a Difference in this eye-opening collection of essays from 60 young people fighting climate change across the world.

From Asia to Africa, Oceania to Europe, the Americas and Antarctica, see the world through the eyes of 60 young people who are fighting for their homes and their futures in the face of climate change.

The stories in this book are devastating, defiant, inspiring and moving - but, above all, they are full of hope. The climate crisis can feel overwhelming but, as this book shows, for every problem there are young voices raising awareness, creating solutions and demanding that things change. It's not too late to save the world. United we really are unstoppable.

25p from the sale of physical copies of the book will go to a charity advocating for the protection of children's rights.

The Existential Economy

Rights : John Murray, Hachette UK (World excluding North America)

From the bookseller

John Murray triumphs in auction for Rathi debut

John Murray has triumphed in a five-publisher auction to land the debut book by journalist Akshat Rathi, billed as a “Factfulness for climate change”.

Georgina Laycock secured world rights, excluding North America, for The Existential Economy from Jonathan Conway at Jonathan Conway Literary Agency. The book, which explores how human ingenuity is fighting civilisation’s greatest threat, will be published in January 2021.

The book is inspired by Rathi’s weekly newsletter ‘The Race to Zero Emissions’, where every story and idea is rigorously road-tested with expert subscribers including policymakers across the globe and employees of the world’s major energy companies, investment firms, environmental NGOs, and think tanks.

Its synopsis explains: “The Existential Economy tells the surprisingly positive stories of the extraordinary individuals and projects that are already successfully finding the solutions we need to slow down climate change. Combining economics, science, technology and history, The Existential Economy offers a compelling new view that celebrates both the human ability to transform adversity into advantage and the power of thinking globally.”

Rathi is a senior reporter for Quartz in London and has previously worked at the Economist and the Conversation. His writing has appeared in Nature, the Guardian and the Hindu.

He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to work with Georgina and the John Murray team, who consistently publish books that change global conversations. It’s true that we have not acted with the urgency the climate crisis deserves, but it’s also true that we haven’t been sitting idle. I’m really excited to tell the stories of those who’ve shown what can be done despite the difficulties. My hope is to inspire readers to rise up to the challenge because we still have time.”

Laycock said: “This book is the ‘Factfulness for climate change’ I’ve been looking for. Akshat is a blazing non-fiction talent and his clever, deeply researched, uplifting book made me feel hopeful about the future for the first time in a long, long time. We can’t wait to get everyone reading it.”