Sunday, June 16, 2013

China is not happy. Heartland Institute in its missionary zeal seriously overstepped the mark.

Oops!  Heartland Institute is in the poo again!  This time with China. Not good.

From the Lanzhou Branch of the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences website:

The Statements on the Chinese Translation of the“Climate Change Reconsidered—NIPCC Report”

时间: | 2013-06-14 | | 【大 中 小】【打印】【关闭】

The Chinese translation of the “Climate Change Reconsidered—NIPCC report” was organized by the Information Center for Global Change Studies, published in May 2013 through Science Press, with an accompanying workshop on climate change issues in Beijing on June 15, 2013. However, the Heartland Institute published the news titled “Chinese Academy of Sciences publishes Heartland Institute research skeptical of Global Warming” in a strongly misleading way on its website, implying that the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) supports their views, in contrary to what is clearly stated in the Translators’ Note in the Chinese translation.

The claim of the Heartland Institute about CAS’ endorsement of its report is completely false. To clarify the fact, we formally issue the following statements:

(1) The translation and publication of the Chinese version of the NIPCC report, and the related workshop, are purely non-official academic activities the group of translators. They do not represent, nor they have ever claimed to represent, CAS or any of CAS institutes. They translated the report and organized the workshop just for the purpose of academic discussion of different views.

(2) The above fact was made very clear in the Translators’ Note in the book, and was known to the NIPCC report authors and the Heartland Institute before the translation started. The false claim by the Heartland Institute was made public without any knowledge of the translator group.

(3) Since there is absolutely no ground for the so called CAS endorsement of the report, and the actions by the Heartland Institute went way beyond acceptable academic integrity, we have requested by email to the president of the Heartland Institute that the false news on its website to be removed. We also requested that the Institute issue a public apology to CAS for the misleading statement on the CAS endorsement.

(4) If the Heartland Institute does not withdraw its false news or refuse to apologize, all the consequences and liabilities should be borne by the Heartland Institute. We reserve the right for further actions to protect the rights of CAS and the translators group.

Information Center for Global Change Studies,

Scientific Information Center for Resources and Environment, 

Chinese Academy of Sciences,

June 14, 2013.

See here for my initial take on the topic.

See here for the formal notice from the Chinese Academy of Sciences

H/T Lillian and Dan on Ben's


  1. Schadenfreude.

    Can't spell it, but this is what it means.


  2. literally

    damage joy

    translates to

    Finding pleasure in someone else's pain.

    guten tag

  3. According to Watts, 'warmists' bullied the Chinese into changing their stance. Wow, somebody call the CIA and the UN - at last we've found a way of making the Chinese dance to a western agenda!

    1. That thread on WUWT is hilarious. The new moderation policy has messed things up a lot.

      There are even some real scientists posting there and the mods are busy trying to track down and delete all their comments and post 'ban' notices. People like Eli and Bernard J. And there are various other parties who are having a bit of fun with Jim Lakely of Heartland who, in turn, is trying to duck and dodge and pretend Heartland Inst didn't write this.

      Meanwhile, plain Richard is being condemned as a 'sock puppet' and dozens of his posts have been deleted, while the biggest pet sockpuppet of them all, dbstealey aka DBoehm aka Smokey aka DBS is peppering the thread with dozens of posts, plaintively begging for someone to "prove" to him that a change in CO2 will lead to a change in temperature. No one's taking the slightest bit of notice of him as usual.

      What a hoot!

    2. Anthony's shut down the discussion, probably hoping it will all go away

      And by the way, it turns out Plain Richard wasn't who they thought he was. Not a "sock puppet" at all. Still, from the point of view of WUWT the mistake makes sure WUWT continues to keep out riff raff like people who accept the science. After all, WUWT is set up for the 8% Dismissives, not the informed public.

  4. Ignoring the lies from the heartland institute here's Chinas real attitude.........


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