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The Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Doom
January 25, 2015
Amanda Marie
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If we are to believe the board members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at their annual meeting, we’re getting even closer to doom. Following their meeting on January 22, 2015, the grim outlook to doomsday that they decided on, was to move the iconic clock to three minutes before midnight.

As we reported last January, the iconic Doomsday Clock wasn’t changed then, and remained at five minutes before midnight where it had been since 2012. Things apparently have taken a turn for the worse this past year; a two minute change according to the scientists is a substantial change.

According to a report from Live Science, experts on the board said they felt a sense of urgency this year because of the world's ongoing addiction to fossil fuels, procrastination with enacting laws to cut greenhouse gas emissions and slow efforts to get rid of nuclear weapons.

The Doomsday Clock is recognized around the world as a symbolic clock face, which in the eyes of some, represents pending doom, otherwise known as the countdown related to disasters regarding technology-related global catastrophe. Ever since the year 2007, also included in the analysis performed each year, have been climate changes and other scientific or extreme exposures that are all taken into consideration prior to determining whether or not to move the clock closer to midnight.

The clock face has been maintained since 1947 by the members of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, who are advised by the Governing Board and the Board of Sponsors. Every year threats are analyzed and the closer they set the clock to midnight, the closer the scientists believe the world is to global disaster.

In the meeting in Washington D.C. on January 22nd, Kennette Benedict, executive director of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists stated, "We are not saying it is too late to take action but the window for action is closing rapidly," and also said, "We move the clock hand today to inspire action."

We’re not suggesting that anyone start packing for the underground just yet, but this is a good indication of how scientists see things that greatly affect all of us.

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