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Akshat Rathi

Akshat Rathi is a Senior Reporter covering science, energy, and environment stories for Quartz, a global business publication with twenty million monthly readers. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center.

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 then worked as the Science Editor for The Conversation. 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

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.”