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Chris Mooney Wins American Meteorological Society Book Award

We’re announcing this in conjunction with the American Meteorological Society:

For Immediate Release – January 14, 2009

Author Chris Mooney Honored by American Meteorological Society

Chris Mooney, author of Storm World:  Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming, has won the 2009 Louis J. Battan Author’s Award by the American Meteorological Society, the nation’s leading professional society for those working in the atmospheric and related sciences.

American Meteorological Society logo with Storm World CoverMooney’s book is being honored as “an accurate and comprehensive overview of the evolving debate on the impacts of global warming on hurricanes that illustrates the complexities of this significant scientific problem.”  The award, named for Louis J. Battan who contributed outstanding research efforts in radar meteorology and wrote several books aimed at nonscientists, was presented on January 14 at the 89th AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

Mooney is journalist who focuses on science in politics. He is a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, a contributing editor to Science Progress, and an occasional contributor to many other scientific and news magazines.  Additionally, he maintains a weblog, “The Intersection,” with Sheril Kirshenbaum, and gives public lectures.  He is the author of The Republican War on Science (2005). His second book, Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming, was released in 2007.

Mooney graduated from Yale University in 1999, where he wrote a column for the Yale Daily News. Before becoming a freelance writer, Chris worked for two years at The American Prospect as a writing fellow, then staff writer, then online editor, where he helped to create the popular blog Tapped.

The AMS, founded in 1919, is a scientific and professional organization that promotes the development and dissemination of information on atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences.  The Society publishes nine well-respected scientific journals, sponsors scientific conferences, and supports public education programs across the country.  Additional information on the AMS, the Annual Meeting, and other award winners is available on the Internet at

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