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

We looked at 1,200 possibilities for the planet’s future. These are our best hope.

These scenarios help show us what needs to be done — and what we can still do.

December 1, 2022

On the edge of retreat

An island community moved to the mainland. Now the fast-rising sea is following — a warning for the rest of the East Coast.

November 28, 2022

Climate change threatening ‘things Americans value most,’ U.S. report says

The latest National Climate Assessment also finds that the United States has warmed 68 percent faster than the planet as a whole.

November 7, 2022

For first time on record, Greenland saw extensive melting in September

Greenland just experienced its largest September melt event on record, the kind typically seen in the middle of the summer.

September 6, 2022

Greenland ice sheet set to raise sea levels by nearly a foot, study finds

Human-driven climate change has set in motion massive ice losses in Greenland that couldn’t be halted even if the world stopped emitting greenhouse gases today, according to a new study published Monday.

August 29, 2022

Report of an ancient methane release raises questions for our climate future

A new scientific claim about a burst of methane from the sea floor 125,000 years ago raises questions about our climate future.

August 24, 2022

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