Monday, March 5, 2012

Message from the Founder of The Arctic Institute, Malte Humpert




Dear Arctic Institute Community,

My recent post “Thick, Multi-Year Ice Melting Rapidly According to New NASA Study- Distortion of Climate Change Data by Some Media Outlets Continues“ has been met with considerable response and has stirred up a lively debate on this website and others.

In fact, it's been met with so much controversy that I received several e-mails from the founder of http://wattsupwiththat.com/. He demanded that I recant statements made within my post and apologize, and if I did not take these actions before a specified time, he would reveal my address or other personal details online, threatening to put my “personal life at risk”. I continue to stand by the assertions I made in my post, but I do understand that people may disagree with my conclusions.

If you would like biographical information about me, it is available on the staff page. Do not hesitate to contact me if you'd like to know more or discuss my views on the Arctic.

The Arctic Institute has been monitoring comments in response to my article made on other websites. Both the Institute and I were subjected to repeated ridicule in these forums. As a result, I no longer felt comfortable commenting on these forums with my real name, so I resorted to the use of pseudonyms in order to address issues that came up within the comments. I apologize to the readers of WUWT for any confusion this may have caused.

The Arctic Institute seeks to be an independent source of information by posting the views of many different contributors. We seek to contribute to the ongoing dialogue about the Arctic, as well as provide commentary and analysis on developments in the Arctic region. To avoid further escalation of this situation, we have closed down the comments section on this website. We will decide as an organization if we will reopen the comments section; in the meantime we can be reached via e-mail at info@thearcticinstitute.org. 

We appreciate your readership and look forward to continued research and writing on this exciting region.

Sincerely,

Malte Humpert