The Doomsday Clock has been around since the dawn of the atom bomb. It’s been maintained by a group whose job it is to gauge the danger to the planet caused by the nuclear age. The clock tracks how near our world is to annihilation, and if recent events are any indication, we are closer now than ever.
This Was The Doomsday Clock Back Then
And This Is It Today
Indeed, the scientists in charge have bumped up the minute hand on the fictional timepiece, pushing us closer to midnight – read: the end times – than ever before. We’ve been as far away as 17 minutes til, and right now, at 150 seconds, it’s actually the second closest (the first, two minutes til, came in 1953 with the advent of the Soviet’s atomic testing).
The Reasons For The Change? The Threat Of Nuclear War
The reason for this shift is two-fold, and one seems scary at best. Apparently, after just a week in the White House, Donald Trump and his vague foreign policy is pushing us closer to the brink. But the real issue is climate change. Since it’s application to the Doomsday Clock back in 2007, we’ve been getting nearer and nearer to midnight.
Here What The Experts Themselves Have To Say – Continue Of For Their Statement
Here’s the actual statement from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists:
“A rise in strident nationalism worldwide, President Donald Trump’s comments on nuclear arms and climate issues, a darkening global security landscape that is colored by increasingly sophisticated technology, and a growing disregard for scientific expertise.”
Whoa. Guess it’s time to look into a fallout shelter.