Roger A. Pielke Jr., a professor in the environmental studies program at the University of Colorado Boulder and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Linköping University in Sweden, one of the nation’s top educational institutions focused on interdisciplinary research and teaching.
Pielke will receive the award during May graduation ceremonies at the university. In awarding the degree, the university said Pielke “has broken new ground in his research on how society is affected by extreme weather events such as hurricanes and floods” and also is a well-known analyst of how science is used and abused in climate and energy policy making. “His criticism of the UN Climate Panel has attracted much attention and contributed to the revision of the Panel's audit work. Professor Pielke is a fearless debater who has criticized both climate scientists and environmental commentators such as climate skeptics.”
Pielke helped establish the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research at Linköping University 10 years ago, and has been a visiting researcher at the Department of Water and Environmental Studies and currently is collaborating with university philosophy researchers on the topic of the mythology of the Green Revolution and the ole of science in democratic societies.