Chris Mooney

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering climate change, energy and the environment.

Education: Yale University, BA in English

Chris Mooney writes about energy and the environment at The Washington Post. He previously worked at Mother Jones, where he wrote about science and the environment and hosted a weekly podcast. Mooney spent a decade before that as a freelance writer, podcaster and speaker, with his work appearing in Wired, Harper’s, Slate, the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, to name a few. He also has published four books about science, politics and climate change.
Latest from Chris Mooney

Climate change’s impact intensifies as U.S. prepares to take action

The Arctic is warming at a much faster rate than many scientists had expected, one of several recent indicators providing evidence of climate change's intensifying impact on the planet.

August 11, 2022

The climate bill won’t stop global warming. But it will clean the air.

The economic and climate deal announced last this week by Senate Democrats, which would represent America’s biggest actions ever to curb climate change, can scarcely be expected to have an immediate, measurable impact on the warming planet. But it will clean the air.

August 1, 2022

The U.S. plan to avoid extreme climate change is running out of time

At the center of the Biden administration’s climate policy is a promise, made in 2021, to slash U.S. emissions.

July 18, 2022

Last month was among the warmest Junes on record, reports say

June was around 2 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than an average June in the late 1800s, according to NASA, tying with temperatures from June 2020 for the warmest on record.

July 14, 2022

A megafire raged for 3 months. No one’s on the hook for its emissions.

Megafires, melting permafrost and the massive emissions for which no nation is responsible.

April 20, 2022

Mexico’s wheat fields help feed the world. They’re also releasing a dangerous greenhouse gas.

Farmers in the Yaqui Valley are driven to over-fertilize their crops, resulting in an explosion of nitrous oxide emissions with deadly and invisible consequences.

December 22, 2021

The race to defuse Congo’s carbon bomb

Industrialists, conservationists and the government are fighting over the future of Congo's peatlands, which hold as much carbon as the whole world emits in three years.

December 16, 2021

Countries’ climate pledges built on flawed data, Post investigation finds

An examination of 196 country reports to the United Nations reveals a giant gap between what nations declare their emissions to be versus the greenhouse gases they are sending into the atmosphere. The gap ranges from at least 8.5 billion to as high as 13.3 billion tons a year -- surpassing the annual emissions of China.

November 7, 2021

Measuring the Invisible: How The Post did its global emissions analysis

A Post analysis of nearly 200 country greenhouse gas reports to the U.N. finds a significant gap between countries' estimates, which guide their Paris Agreement pledges, and independent scientific inventories. The discrepancy ranges from 8.5 to 13.3 billion tons of gases – approaching the annual emissions of China. Here's how The Post calculated the gap.

November 7, 2021

Russia allows methane leaks at planet’s peril

A new breed of satellites devoted to locating and measuring greenhouse gases, including methane, are orbiting Earth — meaning trouble for Russia, the world's second-biggest natural gas producer.

October 19, 2021