Thursday, June 13, 2013

Heartland’s NIPCC report to be accepted by CAS in special ceremony... WUWT?

This morning when I visited I found one of the regulars gleefully reporting on the reports of the Chinese Academy of Sciences translating the NIPCC's contrarian review of climate science.  He was so happy you'd almost believe the CAS endorsed the study. 

When in fact, it sounds like it could have been a for-pay translation - without any investigation or review beyond that needed to translate a technical paper.

In reporting this story Heartland and it's surrogates such as Anthony WattsUpWithThat have been doing their best to lather this into way more than it is.  Anthony's cover note before handing it over to Heartland Institute: 
"Note: I’ve been aware of this effort being underway for sometime, and I’m happy to be able to report it today. The fact that the Chinese undertook the effort speaks volumes. – Anthony Here is the Heartland press release from their website:"
From the Heartland PR release:
"The Chinese Academy of Sciences in June 2013 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. " 
The release ends with: 
"That CAS has invited the authors and editors of Climate Change Reconsidered to a conference this Saturday in Beijing to introduce the studies is yet another indicator of how important it is to get this information out to a wider audience.”

Though when I go to that link and then link through to the English translation: 
I find no mention of the publication or the gala unveiling.
Watts up with that?

From Heartland's announcement here's some information regarding the NIPCC report:
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.

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What is being proposed here is that three scientists who at best can be called extreme scientific outliers working with a small team of like minded scientists produced a report that promises to debunk the work of thousands of scientists over many generations of work and study.

Isn't there something delusional about such a conceit?

Want to learn more about this NIPCC, their personnel and motives and most importantly the substance of their brand of contrarian science?  See the links at the end of this post.

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Back to the Heartland/WUWT announcement, it's all very confusing, but given all this is supposed to happen on the 15th, we won't have to wait too long for a clarification.

In the meantime here's the story from the folks who broke the story.
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"However, Breitbart News makes it sound as though CAS has endorsed HI's rebuttal and has reconsidered its stand on the IPCC consensus, which the academy previously supported.  This is not the case.  CAS was kind enough to respond to an email query I sent them with the following:"

Note: The "mistaken" news release announcing the translation has been pulled from the UCAS website.  Perhaps the CAS is distancing itself from the "Lanzhou branch"?

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I've written an email to the Chinese Academy of Sciences at
asking them about this.  
If you are curious why not send them your own email?

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For some information about what this NIPCC aka
Non-governmental (agenda driven Libertarian think tank) International Panel on Climate Change

The NIPCC report: don’t be fooled
By Bart Verheggen

Not the IPCC (“NIPCC”) Report
Michael Mann and Gavin Schmidt

DenialGate Highlights Heartland's Selective NIPCC Science

A more detailed peek at some of the science:
Radiative forcing by aerosol used as a wild card: NIPCC vs Lindzen
February 22, 2011

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