Regular readers of the Arctic Sea Ice Blog will be aware that Neven has, not entirely successfully, been "on sabbatical" for a while. During that time assorted inaccuracies about Neven himself and about the state of sea ice in the Arctic have been propagating through both "social" and "mainstream" media.
In this guest post, reproduced from the Great White Con blog, I endeavour to set part of the Arctic sea ice record straight, whilst wondering "Why?" so many wires were apparently crossed.
A brief history of scientific "churnalism" in the age of social media. The "post-truth" of The Guardian's 11th Key Science Moment of 2016.
On November 7th 2016 we broke this astonishing news on Twitter:
Nobody noticed! Then on November 16th 2016 Zack Labe did likewise:
The story got some legs. Zack got pushback from some "skeptics" and then the AGU blogged about the story:
My attention was called to this issue last week thanks to the Twitter feed of Zack Labe, a PhD student in Earth Systems Science at the University of California – Irvine. He makes great graphics showing the latest data on polar climate.
Then he got interviewed by the AGU. The AGU linked back to the graphic graphic in question in the clouds at Google, but there was no mention of our November 6th article or the real source of the story. The Arctic Sea Ice Forum (ASIF for short).
It's now December 18th, and as far as I'm aware that remains the case in the mainstream media (MSM for short). The Arctic Sea Ice Forum grew out the earlier Arctic Sea Ice Blog (ASIB for short). The proprietor of both the ASIB and ASIF has been revealed by CBC to be one Neven Curlin. They recently interviewed Neven, and even gave him top billing above Sir David Attenborough in the resulting podcast: