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

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

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.

June 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.

April 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.

    April 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.

    March 31, 2021