Statistics and Climate Science: Roger Pielke Missed the Mark

By John P. Abraham, Ph.D.

Did Roger Pielke fumble, trip, or score an own-goal?

In his inaugural post on Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website, Roger Pielke Jr. put forth a number of arguments suggesting that many changes to extreme weather are not occurring as our climate changes. Pielke offers:

When you read that the cost of disasters is increasing, it’s tempting to think that it must be because more storms are happening. They’re not. All the apocalyptic ‘climate porn’ in your Facebook feed is solely a function of perception.

A review of the evidence shows that his view is not supported by much of the …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green