The Honest Broker by Roger Pielke Jr.

Roger Pielke Jr.
Making sense of science, policy and politics.
Created 25 Oct 2020
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  • The EU's Increasing Reliance on Oil and Gas Imports
    31 Mar 2022 14 1
    Using data from the 2021 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, the graph above shows trends in the European Union’s reliance on imported oil and gas, from 2014 to 2020. Reliance on these imported fos...
  • New Analysis: Sweden's Science Advisory Failures on COVID-19
    28 Mar 2022 11 6
    COVID-19 deaths in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Source: Our World in Data A new study has been published that evaluates the roles of science advice in Sweden during the COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden, dur...
  • Debate over the possibility of a COVID-19 lab leak is over
    14 Mar 2022 32 4
    Image: Commonwealth Media Services A lot has happened in the past few weeks in the ongoing debate over the possibility that COVID-19 was the result of a research-related incident – more generally know...
  • How much nuclear energy would be needed to replace European natural gas?
    07 Mar 2022 36 10
    The figure above shows the net energy consumption between nuclear power and natural gas (former minus the latter, expressed in Exajoules, data is 2020 from BP). The data show that most countries in Eu...
  • A Rapidly Closing Window to Secure a Liveable Future
    02 Mar 2022 47 10
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an important organization with a primary purpose to assess the scientific literature on climate in order to inform policy. The IPCC spans the ph...
  • Tracking Positive Progress on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
    23 Feb 2022 18 4
    The three graphs above report progress to date with respect to the three quantitative indicators of the U.N. Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2005 to 2030. The time period covered in each ...
  • Science has a Confidence Deficit
    21 Feb 2022 12 5
    Overall, science enjoys broad public support in the United States. However, according to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, levels of confidence in scientists vary according to race/et...
  • President Biden and his Science Advisors
    18 Feb 2022 7 2
    President Biden has appointed two people to fill the White House roles played by the departed and disgraced Eric Lander, President Biden’s first “science advisor” and director of the Office of Science...
  • How an Academic Urban Legend is Born
    16 Feb 2022 13 1
    There are plenty of statistics out there that we know just aren’t true — like 10,000 hours of practice at something will make you a world expert and we have just 10 years left to save the planet. Such...
  • The Abuse of Kamila Valieva
    14 Feb 2022 12 6
    By now, you’ve no doubt heard of Kamila Valieva, the immensely-talented 15-year old Russian figure skater. As the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics got underway, the 1998 figure skating gold medalist, Amer...
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