Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Doomsday Clock Moving?

The website for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists have a link to the Doomsday Clock and an announcement that they will host a live international news conference at 3pm tomorrow to announce whether the minute hand of the historic clock will be adjusted.
I am guessing that as they are holding a news conference for it and they explain that the factors under consideration are a rise in nationalism worldwide, President Donald Trump’s comments on nuclear arms and climate issues, more sophisticated spying technology and a growing disregard for scientific expertise that it will tick closer to midnight and Armageddon.
As of today it stands at three minutes before midnight and has been at that time since 2015 and the time the clock was set to for the darkest hours of the 1980s Cold War. The 14 minutes to midnight time in 1995 was the furthest it has ever been and two minutes the shortest in 1963 although 2017 could very well be on a par with that year.
In the 2016 announcement that the clock was remaining at three minutes to midnight, the Atomic Scientists explained that 'The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon. The Clock ticks. Global danger looms. Wise leaders should act - immediately."
Looking around at all the wise leaders we have now, that went unheeded then.

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