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

(Updated release from June 27, 2013,  can be found here.)

CHICAGO (June 12, 2013) – The Chinese Academy of Sciences has translated and published a Chinese edition of Climate Change Reconsidered and Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report, two hefty volumes containing more than 1,200 pages of peer-reviewed data on climate change originally published by The Heartland Institute in 2009 and 2011.

The two books present a sweeping rebuttal of the findings of the United Nations’ controversial Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose reports were widely cited as the basis for taking action to stop or slow the advance of climate change. More recently, the IPCC has been surrounded by controversy over lapses in its quality control and editorial bias.

“This is a historic moment in the global debate about climate change,” said Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast. “The translation and publication of Climate Change Reconsidered by the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences follows strong statements by the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Polish Academy of Sciences dissenting from claims that global warming is either man-made or a crisis. The trend toward skepticism and away from alarmism is now unmistakable.”

The Chinese Academy of Sciences will present the new publication at a “Ceremony of Climate Change Reconsidered and the Workshop on International Climate Change Science Viewpoints” on Saturday, June 15 in Beijing with the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) . Click here to read the Academy’s press release announcing the publication of Climate Change Reconsidered.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences is the world’s largest academy of sciences, employing some 50,000 people and hosting more than 350 international conferences a year. Membership in the Academy represents the highest level of national honor for Chinese scientists. The Nature Publishing Index in May ranked the Chinese Academy of Sciences No. 12 on its list of the “Global Top 100” scientific institutions – ahead of the University of Oxford (No. 14), Yale University (No. 16), and the California Institute of Technology (No. 25).

In December 2012 at a UN-sponsored meeting in Doha, Qatar, the Chinese government refused to sign a global climate treaty containing mandatory caps on carbon dioxide emissions. Other countries that refused to sign include Brazil, Canada, India, Japan, Russia, and the United States.

“Opposition to a new climate treaty is justified based upon the real science presented in Climate Change Reconsidered,” said Bast. “Publication of a Chinese translation of Climate Change Reconsidered by the Chinese Academy of Sciences indicates the country’s leaders believe their position is justified by science and not just economics.”

Examine a digital copy of the Chinese translation
of Climate Change Reconsidered


About Climate Change Reconsidered

The first 856-page volume of Climate Change Reconsidered, published in 2009, and its follow-up, the 430-page Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report, were produced by a team of scientists originally convened by Dr. S. Fred Singer under the name of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). The volumes were coauthored and edited by three climate science researchers:

  • Craig D. Idso, Ph.D., chairman of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, editor of the online magazine CO2 Science, and author of several books and scholarly articles on the effects of carbon dioxide on plant and animal life;
  • Robert M. Carter, Ph.D., a marine geologist and research professor at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia and author of Climate: the Counter Consensus; and
  • S. Fred Singer, Ph.D., founder and president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) and a distinguished atmospheric physicist and first director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service.

All three men will be in Beijing for the Chinese Academy of Sciences event on June 15 to speak about the translation of Climate Change Reconsidered. Scores of additional scientists, economists, and policy experts reviewed and contributed to the volumes. Climate Change Reconsidered II is in production and is due for English-language publication by The Heartland Institute in the fall of 2013.

“Much of the success of the modern Chinese state is based upon a relentless pragmatism about practical issues of substance,” Carter said. “That the pragmatism occasionally clashes with cherished Western beliefs is no bar to its effectiveness, because the underlying thinking is always rooted in logic and evidence-based information. In this context, it is unsurprising to hear that the Chinese Academy of Sciences has seen fit to translate and distribute the rigorous and evidence-based NIPCC report.

“In due course, and as has happened so often before, doubtless Chinese companies active in the energy or climate-policy marketplaces will again leave their Western counterparts – who are still hindered by the IPCC’s leaden and outdated dangerous global warming ideology – in the competitive dust,” Carter added.

To interview Mr. Bast, Dr. Idso, Dr. Carter, or Dr. Singer, contact Heartland Institute Director of Communications Jim Lakely at [email protected], 312/377-4000 and 312/731-9364.

Climate Change Reconsidered is published by The Heartland Institute, an organization The Economist magazine called “the world’s most prominent think tank promoting skepticism about man-made climate change.”

The Heartland Institute is a 29-year-old national think tank based in Chicago. For more information, visit our main Web page, Heartland’s Environment Suite, or the Web site of the Nongovernmental International Panel of Climate Change, or call 312/377-4000.