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Doomsday Clock moves closer to midnight


Posted on Thursday, 22 January, 2015 | Comment icon 94 comments

Are we on the brink of a global catastrophe ? Image Credit: US Department of Energy
The change is intended to represent how much closer the human race is to global catastrophe.
The symbolic clock, which has been maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1947, is a visual representation of how close the world is to disaster based on political and technological threats such as nuclear annihilation and climate change.

At a news conference in Washington D.C. today officials announced that the clock had been moved to three minutes to midnight, the worst position it has been in since the Cold War.

"The probability of global catastrophe is very high," said executive director and publisher Kennette Benedict. "This is about the end of civilization as we know it."

Unchecked climate change, the modernization of nuclear weapons and the continued existence of atomic weapon stockpiles have been cited as the primary reasons behind the change. Increased tensions between the United States and Russia are also believed to be a factor.

"World leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe," the board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said in a statement.

"These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth."

Source: USA Today | Comments (94)

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Comment icon #85 Posted by joc on 28 January, 2015, 12:39
These are not relevant to the changes we are currently causing. Just because nature can cause change doesn't mean nature is causing these changes. There is a well understood mechanism between a range of changes man has caused and the climate, if you want to disprove them start with disproving the basic physics of biopolar molecules trapping heat (greenhouse effect), and if you succeed then explain why the earth is about 30c warmer than it would be without the greenhouse effect. Then you can explain away the effects of land use change on the climate. Its natural doesn't address the evidence and... [More]
Comment icon #86 Posted by Br Cornelius on 28 January, 2015, 13:01
It is abundantly clear that your ideology will not allow you to follow the objective evidence that man is causing climate change. there is plenty of evidence that man can and does impact the global climate and biosphere - and has done since he became civilized. We have currently changed over 50% of the land use over the entire planet which in of itself has a basic impact on the albedo of the surface and hence the net energy balance of the atmosphere. The issue at stake is not about reversing the climate change which has already happened, its about stopping the worst place that climate change c... [More]
Comment icon #87 Posted by Doug1o29 on 28 January, 2015, 16:37
If, it is possible for us to enact Climate Change by the way we live...it is also possible then to 'reverse' said Climate Change by 'modifying' the way we live.. We don't actually know that it is possible to reverse global warming. That has never been done. It remains an untested hypothesis. So why are we allowing warming to continue when we don't know whether we can fix the problem? I'm pretty good on 60 watt incandescent light bulbs because I bought about 200 of them before they disappeared from the shelves at Home Depot. And why did they disappear? Why because they cause Global Warming...TH... [More]
Comment icon #88 Posted by Br Cornelius on 28 January, 2015, 16:56
So much for the 60-watt incandescent. But there are lots of other incandescents still on the shelves down at Lowe's. And, in your case, the program is still working because you will eventually run yourself out of bulbs. The stupid thing is that those who refuse to accept the need for low energy bulbs and/or refuse to perform the basic cost benefit analysis are condemning themselves to losing hundreds of $ over the next decade. I calculate that I have saved well over €2000.00 over the last 15 years from making the shift away from incandescent and Halogens. Thats not just ignorant, its stupid. B... [More]
Comment icon #89 Posted by Doug1o29 on 28 January, 2015, 18:10
yeah, I can...Rush, Hannity, Mark Levin..The Great One... The Great One? What does Wayne Gretsky have to do with politics? He's a hockey player. ...and by the way Doug...Carbon Credits is BS...it isn't a commodity...any more than the Bit Coin Scamola... You can buy and sell carbon credits on the Chicago Board of Trade. That makes them commodities. And, seeing as you didn't actually read the post, I agree that carbon credits are BS. That's because their only purpose is to support cap-and-trade which doesn't work. Doug
Comment icon #90 Posted by Doug1o29 on 6 February, 2015, 14:26
The stupid thing is that those who refuse to accept the need for low energy bulbs and/or refuse to perform the basic cost benefit analysis are condemning themselves to losing hundreds of $ over the next decade. I calculate that I have saved well over €2000.00 over the last 15 years from making the shift away from incandescent and Halogens. Br Cornelius According to the American Wind Energy Association, America is producing more electricity from wind than any other country. That is in spite of a hostile Congress and denialist propaganda. Doug
Comment icon #91 Posted by Father Merrin on 6 February, 2015, 14:35
This symbolic timepiece is nothing more than hype and scare mongering! Its based on nothing more than opinions and guessed possibility! Its the equivalent of reading your star sign in the local paper!
Comment icon #92 Posted by Doug1o29 on 6 February, 2015, 16:54
This symbolic timepiece is nothing more than hype and scare mongering! Its based on nothing more than opinions and guessed possibility! Its the equivalent of reading your star sign in the local paper! It is indeed a construct based more on opinion than on quantifiable results. But at least, it is the best subjective opinion available. But if you would prefer facts, consider these: The U.S. has LOST 11 nuclear weapons. Seven within the U.S. and four abroad. It was 12, but a second lieutenant doing an ordinance inventory found a bomb with code numbers he didn't recognize. We (U.S.) have dropped ... [More]
Comment icon #93 Posted by Lucas Cooper Merrin on 24 November, 2015, 22:08
So what time is the old doom clock at now?
Comment icon #94 Posted by XenoFish on 25 November, 2015, 1:43
I think it's stuck at 11:59.


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