The Clock’s Ticking: Humanity ‘2 Minutes’ Closer To Its Doomsday

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You have just gotten closer to doomsday…

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved the minute-hand of its iconic ‘Doomsday Clock’ up two minutes; the clock now stands at 11:57 pm.

“Today, unchecked climate change and a nuclear arms race resulting from modernization of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity. And world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of leadership endanger every person on Earth. Based on their observations, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board find conditions in the world to be so threatening that they are moving the hands of the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight. It is now 3 minutes to midnight,” said Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, while breaking the news at an international conference in Washington. Doomsday-clock-over-The-Earth

“We are not saying it’s too late to take action but the window for action is closing rapidly,” Benedict added. “The world needs to be awakened from its lethargy and start making changes. We move the clock hand today to inspire action and move that process along.”

These are the steps that the Board believes must be immediately taken to curb the threat and roll the clock back:

1. Take actions that would cap greenhouse gas emissions at levels sufficient to keep average global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.

2. Dramatically reduce proposed spending on the nuclear weapon modernization programs.

3. Re-energize the disarmament process, with a focus on results.

4. Deal now with the nuclear waste problem.

The previous time the minute hand was pushed was in 2012, from 11:54 pm to 11:55 pm. Since 2012, the clock had been fixed at 5 minutes to symbolic doom, midnight. The reasons given were lack of global political action to address global climate change, nuclear weapons stockpiles, the potential for regional nuclear conflict and nuclear power safety.

In an unusual move, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists directly addressed US President, Barack Obama, in an open letter in January 2013:

“2012 was the hottest year on record in the contiguous United States, marked by devastating drought and brutal storms. These extreme events are exactly what climate models predict for an atmosphere laden with greenhouse gases. 2012 was a year of unrealized opportunity to reduce nuclear stockpiles, to lower the immediacy of destruction from weapons on alert and to control the spread of fissile materials and keep nuclear terrorism at bay. 2012 was a year in which – one year after the partial meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station – the Japanese nation continued to be at the earliest stages of what will be a costly and long recovery. We have as much hope for Obama’s second term in office as we did in 2010, when we moved back the hand of the Clock after his first year in office. This is the year for U.S. leadership in slowing climate change and setting a path toward a world without nuclear weapons.”

And on January 22, 2015, the clock now stands at 11:57 pm. This time the reasons given are continued lack of global political action to address global climate change, nuclear weapon stockpiles, as well as increased tensions between the United States and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis. Ironically, 2014 was officially declared the hottest year on record. The average temperature was 1.1°F above the 20th century average. That edges 1998, the previous warmest year, by about 0.1°F.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists created the Doomsday Clock in 1947, using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero) to convey threats to humanity and the planet. It then stood at 11:53 pm. In 1953, when the hydrogen bomb was first tested, the minute hand pointed at 11:58 pm – the closest to catastrophe. The farthest was in 1991, when the Cold War ended, the clock stood at 11:43 pm.

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Source:

http://thebulletin.org/press-release/press-release-it-now-3-minutes-midnight7950

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6 COMMENTS

    • Of course you can decide to under-react, in case they are wrong, you will keep your priviledges-over-future a little longer.
      In a way, you’re completly right… why bother changing a thing, if nobody is concerned (or everybody know but don’t act)?
      Let’s make the greatest (and last) party ever on earth, let’s consumme all we ever ddream and finnish all this bullshit in the greatest fireworks the universe will ever see.

      Perhaps now I’m over-reacting (maybe, or maybe not)

  1. This is a classic and highly obvious sign of history repeating itself. We have citizens panicking in incredibly drastic ways; we have citizens hoarding anything they can; we have citizens building bomb shelters and paying through the nose to “reserve” a “safe” zone for themselves for the so-called end of days… do you know when this happened before? During the 50s and 60s and you know what happened? NOTHING.
    Yes the world has problems and there seems to be more and more war and other detrimental events happening all around us, but one of the only reasons it seems so bad is because information about the goings-on of the world is, for the first time, right at our fingertips.
    We didn’t have Google and crap back then. People remained oblivious until reading the paper or watching/listening to the “news,” but media has always made a much bigger deal out of things than they really are. The media relies on dramatic and extremely exaggerated stories to boost reviews.
    And people are far dumber than they realize. . . So so so hopelessly and sadly less-intelligent than they personally believe. For God sake, how many people completely lost their marbles because they believed the ‘War Of The Worlds’ radio broadcast was real?
    Yeah our world is in teouble. Yeah, we need to get it together and make changes while we still have the chance. But not because ignoring these will result in the ultimate destruction of everything we know and the complete extinction of all humanity, but because there will be irreversible consequences of our negligence. People will get sick, people will get hurt, our climate could change, people will most likely die. But this DOES NOT mean the end of the world.
    Seriously guys, don’t let yourselves get so worked up over things like this. Nothing is different, mankind has always been the same way. The only reason things seem so bad is because we’re actually noticing it now.
    Don’t change the world because you’re allowing yourself to believe the extinction of all mankind is at the door, change the world to make a brighter future for our children and our descendants that will continue from them.
    The world IS NOT ending.
    It’s just time for man to wake the hell up and pull his head out of his ass and his thumbs out the asses of those more wealthy and successful than him.
    Yeah, like I’ve said, we need changes.
    But you don’t need to believe in nonsensical bullshit in order to do it.

  2. the Global warming is a lie, we figured that out a decade ago, europe has been through a “mini ice-age”
    i’v said from the start its not getting warmer it’s getting colder (Global Cooldown)
    this is for the governments to control the population.
    i dont think its the End of the world (like the newyear shift into the new millennium)
    it may be the end of USA, but not the world. USA is the main reason why the “soo called Doomclock” is ticking.

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