Announcement from Greg Schneider, national economy and business editor, and David Cho, deputy business editor:

We’re thrilled to announce that Chris Mooney is joining The Post to create a new blog about the environment.

Chris joins us from Mother Jones, where he has written about science and the environment and hosted a successful weekly podcast. Before joining Mother Jones last year, Chris spent a decade as a freelance writer, podcaster and speaker, with his work appearing in Wired, Harper’s, Slate, Legal Affairs, The Los Angeles Times, The Post and The Boston Globe, to name a few. Chris also has published four books about science and climate change.

Chris is one of the most distinctive, provocative voices writing about environmental issues today, arguing that people’s preconceptions — political, religious, cultural — color the way they view science. More fundamentally, Chris has built a loyal audience through solid reporting and vivid, authoritative writing. His approach is to look for the compelling ideas behind topics that can otherwise become arcane, leading him to write thoughtful pieces on such subjects as how melting ice caps could create a permanent Superstorm Sandy and how conservative Christians can convince skeptics about climate change.

He will start as part of Wonkblog, and build toward the future rollout of a standalone blog that will pull together the excellent work of The Post’s all-star roster of energy and environment writers. Stay tuned for more details on that.

Meanwhile, please join us in welcoming Chris when he starts Oct. 20.