China Questions Climate Consensus

The world's most populous nation is officially openly debating whether fears of anthropogenic global warming are justified by science.  In May 2013, the Chinese Academy of Sciences translated and published the reports of NIPCC (Non-governmental International Panel on Climate Change).  While providing a platform for discussion of climate issues, the CAS does not necessarily agree with the NIPCC's conclusions -- which are contrary to those of the UN-IPCC (Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change).  Rather, the CAS demonstrates a commendable willingness to encourage open discussion of important scientific questions.  It may well be a first; no such discussion has ever been permitted by the UK's Royal Society or by the US National Academy of Sciences. However, there seems to be a division of opinion within the Chinese Academy, as is evident from the fact that their (Beijing) June 15 Workshop featuring the NIPCC conclusions is to be followed by a September symposium...(Read Full Article)