Co-authored with David Mihalyi

How bad will the economic impacts of climate change be on average? Expert estimates on the global economic impacts of unmitigated warming (though all negative) vary quite a bit in their magnitude. And while there is debate on the best way to use models to answer the opening question, there is little attention given to the multiple ways one could interpret the question. Despite the fact that the final answer would heavily depend on it.

A consensual view is that poorer countries will be hit a lot harder. Some of the reasons provided are that many…


Back in the early days of 2020 I made an infographic which presented some details of LNG (liquified natural gas) adaptation in Europe. A lot has changed since then. Now LNG could become an even more important part of our endeavor for energy security and clean energy. Or is it?

In the beginning of this year I have made this part infographic / part data visualisation (below), I did not yet know how much change we will see in a a short period of time. We had a whole different situation then: Europe has increased its share from 13% of global demand (in 2018) to 21% by 2019, becoming the second most important buyer after Asian countries. …


Nuclear energy is frightening, but we might just need it for a sustainable future

Nuclear power plants and their electricity generation in the World, 1970–2019, data: World Nuclear Association

With climate change on our doorstep nuclear power could be a prime substitute for fossil fuels. Nuclear power plants produce no CO2 emissions — a potent greenhouse gas — which is the main driver of the climate crisis. They are based on a mature technology, with experience on operations and maintenance across the world and extensive safety standards. And they are mostly fuelled by uranium, from which we have at least 130 years of supply¹ (it is going to be likely more with new technologies and exploration).

On the top of that we used to love nuclear. Just look at…


To what degree local energy production can fulfill local demand in the EU? Which countries are the “greenest” in energy terms and what does Latvia do for a nearly 40% renewable energy ratio? Debunking “myths” and the creation of a printable cheat sheet.

A part of the cheat sheet, if you want to know how to read the figures read on or scroll to the end

(Data visualisation is done with matplotlib, source and data is available at the end of the story.)

While in the recent years I have been working as an IT consultant / project manager / something of a data scientist / engineer I have recently switched jobs and went back — so to say — my original area of studies: Economics. So a few months ago I have begun to take a deep dive into energy economics. I had some exposure to this field before, but not too much, thus I had to read a lot and discovered new things.

In…


Have the nature of terrorism changed in Europe? Were there more terrorist attacks in the decade than ever before? Do we lose more people to terrorism than we did 20 years ago? A brief visual analysis of the deadliness of terror attacks in Europe.

(Done with matplotlib, source and data is available at the end of the story.)

About two years ago I got into an argument with some friends over a chart published on a Facebook page called Stand up for Europe. They’ve presented a chart from Statista showing the number of terror related deaths in certain European countries (shown below), but it didn’t show the number of attacks nor the people wounded. …


Alphabet és Google

“A Google nem egy szokásos vállalat. És nem áll szándékunkban azzá tenni.” — így kezdődik a Google IPO-jakor, 2004-ben kiadott alapítólevél és ugyanazeket a sorokat idézi Larry Page a hétfőn megjelent, az Alphabet megalakulását bejelentő posztjában.

Mióta hétfőn minden előzmény nélkül érkezett a Google átalakításáról szóló közlemény, már többféle vélemény kikerült okokról és okozatról egyaránt. Az értelmezések egyik hulláma a lépésben a fenti ars poetica újabb beigazolódását látja — hogy túl tudjon nőni önmagán— a Google elhagy mindent, ami visszatartja. …

Bence Kiss-Dobronyi

economist @ Cambridge Econometrics. views expressed are my own.

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