Latest from Chris Mooney

An enormous missing contribution to global warming may have been right under our feet

A new study finds a massive, previously unknown contribution to climate change in the form of human conversion of peatlands.
  • Jun 4, 2021

‘Uncertainty is not our friend’: Scientists are still struggling to understand the sea level risks posed by Antarctica

A pair of scientific studies find we can still probably avert extreme sea level rise -- but also show how little scientists still understand about the biggest threat, Antarctica.
  • May 5, 2021

The giant accounting problem that could hamper the world’s push to cut emissions

Countries are adopting very different strategies for how they take into account carbon pulled out of the air by their forests.
  • Apr 26, 2021

How one restaurant’s experiment may help diners breathe safely

Sierra Mar, a resort restaurant in Big Sur, Calif., has added new technology to reduce possible transmission of coronavirus and other of airborne pathogens.
  • Apr 14, 2021

Global forest losses accelerated despite the pandemic, threatening world’s climate goals

Even amid the pandemic, losses of vital forests in the tropics increased by 12 percent between 2019 and 2020, a satellite-based survey found.
  • Mar 31, 2021

WHO report leaves unsettled ‘lab-leak’ theory on origins of covid pandemic

The director of the World Health Organization may have breathed new life into the theory, often dismissed as a political distraction, that the coronavirus came from a lab in China.
  • Mar 30, 2021

Scientists see stronger evidence of slowing Atlantic Ocean circulation, an ‘Achilles’ heel’ of the climate

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, a system of currents, has long been considered capable of a sudden shutdown, which could have dramatic climate effects.
  • Feb 25, 2021

Deadly floods in India point to a looming climate emergency in the Himalayas

A massive surge of rock, debris, and icy water killed more than 50 people in Uttarakhand this month. Nearly 150 others are still missing.
  • Feb 19, 2021

The coronavirus is airborne. Here’s how to know if you’re breathing other people’s breath.

In a major new pandemic trend, people are turning to carbon dioxide monitoring devices to help assess ventilation quality and coronavirus transmission risk.
  • Feb 10, 2021

Earth is now losing 1.2 trillion tons of ice each year. And it’s going to get worse.

Two new papers reveal the growing toll that human-caused global warming is having on the planet's ice.
  • Jan 25, 2021