Doomsday clock is now at 2 minutes to midnight, closest since 1953
The doomsday clock is now at its closest to midnight since 1953.
Citing growing nuclear risks and unchecked climate dangers, the iconic Doomsday Clock is now 30 seconds closer to midnight, the closest to the symbolic point of annihilation that the Clock has been since 1953 at the height of the Cold War. The decision announced today to move the Doomsday Clock to two minutes before midnight was made by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board in consultation with the Board of Sponsors, which includes 15 Nobel Laureates.
Rachel Bronson, president and CEO, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said:
In 2017, world leaders failed to respond effectively to the looming threats of nuclear war and climate change, making the world security situation more dangerous than it was a year ago—and as dangerous as it has been since World War II. The greatest risks last year arose in the nuclear realm. North Korea’s nuclear weapons program appeared to make remarkable progress in 2017, increasing risks for itself, other countries in the region, and the United States. Hyperbolic rhetoric and provocative actions on both sides have increased the possibility of nuclear war by accident or miscalculation … On the climate change front, the danger may seem less immediate, but avoiding catastrophic temperature increases in the long run requires urgent attention now … The nations of the world will have to significantly decrease their greenhouse gas emissions to keep climate risks manageable, and so far, the global response has fallen far short of meeting this challenge.
The clock which has been updated since 1947 has been used as a pretty much public relations exercise to illustrate how close the world is to a nuclear war.
Some of the things also cited by the experts is escalating tension between North Korea and the US, the threats to Iran nuclear deal and so forth.
As an exercise it serves a great purpose in that it should keep as a reminder of a dark chapter in world history. That said you can’t help thinking that it has stopped making the headlines because the events of that time have sometimes been consigned to phrases in passing conversation.
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