Doomsday Clock Remains At Three Minutes To Midnight: Apocalypse Averted?

Doomsday Clock Update: The time will remain at three minutes to midnight — at least for now. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists cited achievements on nuclear weapons and climate change issues that previously had caused them concern for the clock remaining at the same time as the review last year. The Iran nuclear deal and a climate change treaty inked in Paris were specifically noted in the report by the renowned scientists who gauge how close the world is to an apocalypse.

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The Doomsday Clock may be inching even closer to midnight. Later today, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is set to address just how civilization is to an apocalypse. The Doomsday Clock estimates the threat posed to the world from wholesale disasters such as nuclear war.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Manhattan Project scientists created the symbolic Doomsday Clock in 1947 to track how close the world is to a global catastrophe. Last January, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists move the hands of the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) clock from 11:55 to three minutes to midnight. The movement was undertaken to illustrate how arsenals of nuclear weapons and a belief in the impact of climate change (referred to as global warming before President Obama altered the terminology) were impacting global stability.

Each year, the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock is reevaluated by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. In 2010, the hands of the clock fluctuated in a more positive direction after nuclear talks between the United States and Russia yielded successful results, Newsweek reports. The scientists moved the hands from five minutes to midnight back to six minutes from the “doomsday is here” hour during the 2010 evaluation.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists board includes environmentalists and physicists from around the globe. The groups work in conjunction with the bulletin’s board of sponsors, which currently includes Nobel laureates.

After the University of Chicago scientists banded together to form the clock and began announcing the time changes, the minute hands have moved a total of 18 times. The closest the world has come to an apocalypse, according to the scientists who control the Doomsday Clock, was in 1953. During that year, the minute hand of the clock was moved to two minutes from midnight as Russia tested a hydrogen bomb in response to a similar United States test.

“Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations and outsized nuclear weapons 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,” the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists wrote in their announcement after the 2015 time change. “These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth.”

The best years in recent history, according to the keepers of the Doomsday Clock, happened during the early 1990s. After President Ronald Reagan worked with the former Soviet Union to end the Cold War, the minute hands were set back to 17 minutes until midnight in 1991. During that time, both America and Russia agreed to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and reduced the number of nuclear weapons in each respective nation.

“The illusion that tens of thousands of nuclear weapons are a guarantor of national security has been stripped away,” the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists wrote after the monumental time change.

In 2015, the bulletin stated that leaders from around the world failed to act with the “speed or on the scale required” to protect citizens from either the threat of nuclear war on the environmental issued they considered to be climate change threats. It was the opinion of the group that the lack of action placed every human being on Earth in danger. They urged for immediate and thorough action be taken to curb the impact of such threats.

What do you think about the Doomsday Clock and the three minutes to midnight “time” designated by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists?

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