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Akshat Rathi


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Past articles by Akshat:

Steven Pinker on how to use reason, science, and humanism to fight today's problems —

The antidote to populism, nationalism, and militarism, says Steven Pinker, is reason, science, and humanism. → Read More

Harnessing the sun’s heat for industry could cut 10% of global carbon emissions

Concentrating solar energy to capture its heat is nothing new. But no plant had achieved temperatures in excess of 1,000°C. → Read More

Watch: Our call on India and its addiction to coal

Quartz senior reporter Akshat Rathi and science editor Katie Palmer examine whether India can wean itself off its dependence on coal and help the rest of the world avoid climate catastrophe. → Read More

Inside India’s coal country

The smells, sights, sounds, and disasters of Korba—where the coal industry is life, and the price is pollution. → Read More

The science of what makes coal so dirty

Cutting coal use isn't just about reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Mining coal and then burning it produces pollute our air, water, and soil with a wide variety of toxins. → Read More

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet

India's heavy dependence on fossil fuels is mostly an energy security problem. → Read More

The world can learn from India trying to deal with its coal addiction

Climate change only cares about the total amount of greenhouse gases dumped into the atmosphere—so if India were to go China’s way, we’d all be toast. → Read More

The logic of disrupting public transport to protest climate change

London is alive with debate. → Read More

Winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry developed lithium-ion batteries

The first lithium-based battery was developed by an oil company. Now these batteries threaten the existence of the entire oil industry. → Read More

Winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in physics expanded our understanding of the universe

This year's physics Nobel went to three scientists who discovered methods that revealed some of the most fundamental secrets of our universe. → Read More

The 2019 Nobel Prize winners in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, peace, and economics

This year’s Nobel Prize winners will be revealed over the next couple of weeks. → Read More

The death of a promising battery startup exposes harsh market realities

Lithium-ion batteries are improving slowly. Pellion technologies promised something different, but investors lost faith. → Read More

Are we finally at a tipping point on addressing climate change?

Both pessimists and optimists are right. The world hasn't done enough, but we've not been sitting still either. → Read More

How big was the global climate strike? Here’s the best city-by-city estimate

It was likely the largest single-day climate protest in history, with an estimated 4 million people in 185 countries participating. → Read More

Carbon Engineering is doubling its CO2-capturing machine even before it’s built

Tackling the climate crisis will need not just cutting emissions, but capturing some of the carbon dioxide that we've dumped into the atmosphere. → Read More

Storing energy in compressed air could finally become cheap enough for the big time

To achieve a zero-carbon electric grid, we'll need technologies that can store solar and wind energy. → Read More

The huge youth climate strike is about courage, not hope

The bigness of the climate crisis isn't just a challenge, it's an opportunity. These teenagers have helped the world to see the flip side. → Read More

One of India’s largest coal-mining states says it will not build new coal power plants

The future of coal in India may not be as bright as some previously assumed. → Read More

The UN just elevated its greatest allies in the climate fight: the youth

The UN has struggled to convert the urgency of the climate crisis in to action. So it's recruiting a new contingent to help. → Read More

Stripe has a science-based blueprint for companies to address the climate crisis

Stripe's approach is probably one of the most comprehensive ways any company in the world can take to fight the climate crisis. → Read More