WASHINGTON - World Wildlife Fund announced today that internationally-recognized climate expert Richard Moss has been named WWF's vice president and managing director for Climate Change for the United States. In that role, Moss will be at the forefront of WWF's efforts to secure a strong global climate agreement that includes steep emissions reduction targets, addresses forest carbon policy and protects the world's key eco-regions from the effects of global warming.
Moss joins WWF from the United Nations Foundation where he was the Senior Director for Climate Change and Energy. Since 1993, he has played many roles in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is a key part of the team that was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
"This year's Nobel Peace Prize recognized climate change as one of the great destabilizing forces of our era, and given the urgency of this issue we are delighted that Richard Moss will lead WWF's climate program," said WWF President and CEO Carter S. Roberts. "Our response to the challenges presented by climate change will determine the future of our planet and its people. In Richard Moss we have a science-driven, practical, non-ideological global thinker who will elevate WWF's leadership role in shaping the global climate debate."
"WWF has long been the world's most respected conservation organization and I am pleased to be part of a team which has the potential to accelerate emissions reductions and adaptation to climate change," Moss said. "We are entering a rapid period of change, and a science-based, global group like WWF has much to contribute in shaping an effective response. I very much look forward to leading this effort."
From 2000 to 2006, Moss served as director of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Office/Global Change Research Program, the U.S. government's research program on global environmental change. He was a staff scientist of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Joint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland. He also currently serves as a visiting scientist at the University of Maryland's Earth Systems Science Interdisciplinary Center.
Among his many accomplishments in the climate field, Moss served as the lead technical expert on the first IPCC Regional Impacts and Vulnerability Report and was co-author of the first IPCC Guidance on Uncertainty and Risk. He also helped develop the U.S. Climate Change Science Program strategic plan, which was endorsed by the National Academy of Sciences.
Moss earned his Bachelor's degree from Carleton College and holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and an M.P.A, also from Princeton.
WWF's work in the area of climate change began in the late1980s with the first national conference looking at the impacts of global warming on wild species and habitats. Since then, WWF has provided leadership to strengthen all major international climate agreements from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 through to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, and is actively engaged in securing an effective successor climate regime in the international process beginning next month in Bali.