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Chinese Academy of Sciences rebukes Heartland Institute

The CAS Says: "The claim of the Heartland Institute about CAS’ endorsement of its report is completely false."

The "Heartland Institute" has a long history of climate science denial and contrarian distortion, for example see HERE. Heartland recently tried to turn a Chinese language translation of its NIPCC report (reviewed HERE) into an implied claim of support from the Chinese Academy of Sciences or CAS. This was strongly rebuked by the CAS. Heartland responded by removing a number of Heartland web posts and issued a subsequent retraction statement.

Other accounts of this incident are HERE and HERE.

The CAS has signed mainstream climate science statements along with other National Academies of Science, for example this Joint Science Academies’ Statement: Global Response to Climate Change.

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

"...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.

(2)...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)...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."

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Official Statement of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

"Firstly, the translation is organized by the Information Center for Global Change Studies, Scientific Information Center for Resources and Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and published by Science Press as a product of science communication aiming at introducing diverse academic arguments.

Secondly, neither the translation nor the publication represents any views of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or its affiliations on related issues.

Thirdly, it is earnestly called upon by the Chinese Academy of Sciences to the general public not to accept and disseminate any misleading information related to the Chinese Academy of Sciences."

Ref HERE

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Original Heartland Announcement

"Chinese Academy of Sciences Publishes Heartland Institute Research Skeptical of Global Warming

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) will present the two books at a June 15 event in Beijing, a landmark event that puts enormous scientific heft behind the questionable notion that man is responsible for catastrophically warming the planet.

“This is a historic moment in the global debate about climate change,” Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast said."

"Jim Lakely, director of communications at the Heartland Institute, told Breitbart News,  “Translating and publishing nearly 1,300 pages of peer-reviewed scientific literature from English to Chinese is no small task, and indicative of how important CAS considers Climate Change Reconsidered to the global climate change debate. ""

Ref. for complete announcement: HERE, scroll down to June 12, 2013, 8:29 AM. See also HERE. Lakely ref. HERE.

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Subsequent retraction statement by Heartland

"...the release of this new publication does not imply CAS and any of its affiliates involved with its production 'endorse' the skeptical views contained in the report."

Ref. HERE

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Disinformation from another denier site on the incident

One climate science denier site had this misleading headline:

"Heartland’s NIPCC report to be accepted by Chinese Academy of Sciences in special ceremony"

However as we have just seen above, the CAS said "...neither the translation nor the publication represents any views of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or its affiliations on related issues."

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Jim Lakely, director of communications at the Heartland Institute, told Breitbart News, “Translating and publishing nearly 1,300 pages of peer-reviewed scientific literature from English to Chinese is no small task, and indicative of how important CAS considers Climate Change Reconsidered to the global climate change debate. - See more at: http://www.webcitation.org/mainframe.php#sthash.MGRwnhU3.dpuf
Jim Lakely, director of communications at the Heartland Institute, told Breitbart News, “Translating and publishing nearly 1,300 pages of peer-reviewed scientific literature from English to Chinese is no small task, and indicative of how important CAS considers Climate Change Reconsidered to the global climate change debate. - See more at: http://www.webcitation.org/mainframe.php#sthash.MGRwnhU3.dpuf
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