IBEF: September, 2013
New Delhi: Indian-origin scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan has been selected for the United Nation’s (UN) top environmental honour - "Champions of the Earth award". He proved how cutting emissions of "black carbon" or soot can significantly reduce the impact of climate change.
A statement issued by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) read that Veerabhadran Ramanathan of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California is to receive the 2013 "Champions of the Earth award", the UN's highest environmental award.
"I am very honoured to accept this prestigious award, which recognizes the critical role of science and research in addressing the major environmental challenges of our time," said Professor Ramanathan.
The highest UN honour is given annually to leaders from government, civil society and the private sector, who have made a significant and positive impact on the environment.