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

July 28, 2014, 9:29 a.m.

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