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Controversial Climate Writer Parts Ways With Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Site

1:30 p.m. -- Roger Pielke, Jr., a climate analyst with a contrarian streak, is no longer writing for Nate Silver's data journalism website FiveThirtyEight. Pielke kicked a hornet's nest in March with his first FiveThirtyEight piece, which argued that rising costs of weather-related disasters stem from rising global wealth—not climate change. He revealed that he has parted ways with FiveThirtyEight in an interview with Discover magazine blogger Keith Kloor. Pielke, who wrote several sports-related items for FiveThirtyEight but almost nothing else about climate, told Kloor that Silver's site showed "reluctance" to keep publishing his work, but that he wished them well and remains a fan. However, Pielke also criticized the way Silver handled criticism of the March story on disasters, noting, "I do wish that 538 had shown a bit more editorial backbone." -- Ben Geman

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