National Geographic Scores Own-Goal…Pathetically Rehashes 27 Year-Old Spiegel Cover Hyperbole Trick

The public by now has heard every climate scare story at least five times over the last three decades. They’ve stop listening years ago.

Yet, the last remaining, diehard alarmists are reaching ever deeper into their bag of tricks in an attempt to reawaken the good old days of climate alarmism. We certainly can tell we are now in the run up to the release of the IPCC AR5 Report.

NatGeo Submerged

September, 2013 front cover of National Geographic shows sea level rise of 65 meters. At current rate it’ll take 30,000 years!

The most recent is the latest National Geographic cover everyone is now ridiculing (see above). It is turning out to be another alarmists’ own-goal, much to the delight of the skeptics.

The semi-submerged Statue of Liberty used to convey a catastrophic sea level rise is actually just an old trick used by Spiegel…27 years ago, August 11, 1986!


27 years ago, Spiegel showed a semi-submerged Cologne Cathedral. Source:

If that doesn’t tell us that the warmists are intellectually bankrupt and have lost the debate. Even the annual children’s ritual of Halloween scares grown-ups more.

So what will be on National Geographic’s cover next month? Bacon sizzling in a frying pan accompanied by warning, “Be scared, be very scared!“? Now wouldn’t that be creative and original?

Both Spiegel and National Geographic depict on their covers a sea level rise on the order of 60 meters or so. Totally preposterous with regards to today’s scientific knowledge. Spiegel has long since cranked back its global warming alarmism, and even occasionally publishes articles critical of climate alarmism claiming even 1 meter of sea level rise by 2100.

Bjorn Lomborg: “exhaustion and lack of interest”

At FaceBook Björn Lomborg comments:

This is the kind of scare pictures that are unnecessary for the public conversation on global warming. The new National Geographic cover shows the Statue of Liberty covered in 65m (214ft) of water — 80 times more than even the highest expected sea level rise in the upcoming IPCC report. Yes, global warming is a problem, but screaming way over the top hasn’t helped the last 20 years. Arguably it has lead to panic, poor policies that have cost trillions of dollars with little benefit, and now almost exhaustion and lack of interest. 65m calculated here:, National Geographic here:”

Reader comments at FB:

George Breckenridge:

National Geographic has been part of the propaganda machine for some years. Whores for hire.”

Matt Greenwade:

What’s going to happen is these predictions will turn out to be false, or at the very least inaccurate, and people won’t pay attention anymore.”

Well Matt, people stopped paying attention long ago. NatGeo is just the latest example telling us why this is so.


3 responses to “National Geographic Scores Own-Goal…Pathetically Rehashes 27 Year-Old Spiegel Cover Hyperbole Trick”

  1. John F. Hultquist

    Our long running subscriptions to National Geographic and Scientific American are no more. I’d not seen the cover with the cathedral and do find it a bit odd that there is not another thing in sight.

    Note the phrasing on the NG cover: How they (rising seas) are changing out coastlines.
    This is not actually a new concept. What has changed is the technology and the scale (structural and population-wise). City sites have been abandoned before or new built on the top of old. But consider the interconnectedness of places such as London or New York within the respective regions and beyond. Just one example – NY’s Tunnel No. 3:

    The first aqueduct (New Croton) was completed in 1890. Tunnel #3 has an expected completion date of 2020 at a cost of $6 Billion. About 95% of the system is by gravity flow. I don’t think there is a need for more description of this. The bottom line is that it is supposed to last, and last, and last. No doubt it will last 100 years. 1000?

    1. DirkH
  2. Graeme No.3

    Al Gore warned us about rapidly rising sea levels, and then went and bought a sea-side mansion.

    Tim Flannery claimed the sea level would rise 8 stories by 2100, and then went and bought a sea-side mansion (and later the land next door).

    Kevin Rudd, the australian Prime Minister called global warming (and rapid sea level rise) the great moral question of our times, signed up for Kyoto, and then went and bought a sea-side mansion.

    Julia Gillard, the australian ex-Prime Minister introduced a carbon tax to fight rising temperatures and sea levels, and then went and bought a sea-side mansion.

    Obviously rising sea levels cause nearby mansion buying.

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