As Arctic sea ice declines, more and more people learn about it and want to know more. It explains the relative success of this blog ever since its inception in 2010. The spectacular, iconic image of Arctic sea ice loss, as well as the realization of its potential consequences, automatically leads one to think about AGW in general, and the economic system and culture causing it.
Increasing traffic to the blog inevitably led to noise in comment threads, decreasing the focus on Arctic sea ice. And thus, in February 2013, with the help of early commenter Fred (who also inspired me to set up the Arctic Sea Ice Graphs website ), I decided to set up the Arctic Sea Ice Forum where commenters could start discussions on every issue related to Arctic sea ice.
Now, three and a half years, more than 1400 topics, almost 85 thousand comments and over 30 million page views later, the 1000th member registered to the Forum yesterday! I had expected the forum would soon become viable, but never thought so many people would take the time and make the effort to register, read and contribute.
With separate categories on everything related to the Cryosphere (Arctic sea ice, Greenland, Antarctica, glaciers) and AGW in general (science, weather events, politics, renewable energy, individual action) an amazing amount of info, knowledge and thought has been collected by the community. People watching Greenland glaciers, others creating their own graphs and maps to track Arctic sea ice, yet others posting links to news articles on renewable and sustainable technologies. The list goes on and the forum is still growing steadily. It gives me hope that together we may be able to overcome all hurdles and solve the predicament we're in.
Thank you, everyone!