YAHOO.COM - The hands of the infamous "Doomsday Clock" will remain firmly in their
place at five minutes to midnight — symbolizing humans' destruction —
for the year 2013, scientists announced today (Jan. 14).
Keeping their outlook for the future of humanity quite dim, the group
of scientists also wrote an open letter to President Barack Obama,
urging him to partner with other global leaders to act on climate
The clock is a symbol of the threat of humanity's imminent destruction
from nuclear or biological weapons, climate change and other
human-caused disasters. In making their deliberations about how to
update the clock's time this year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
considered the current state of nuclear arsenals around the globe, the
slow and costly recovery from events like Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and extreme weather events that fit in with a pattern of global warming.
"2012 was the hottest year on record
in the contiguous United States, marked by devastating drought and
brutal storms," the letter says. "These extreme events are exactly what
climate models predict for an atmosphere laden with greenhouse gases." [Doom and Gloom: 10 Post-Apocalyptic Worlds]
At the same time, the letter did give a nod to some progress,
applauding the president for taking steps to "nudge the country along a
more rational energy path," with his support for wind and other
renewable energy sources.
"We have as much hope for Obama's second term in office as we did in
2010, when we moved back the hand of the Clock after his first year in
office," Robert Socolow, chair of the board that determines the clock's
position, said in a statement. "This is the year for U.S. leadership in
slowing climate change and setting a path toward a world without nuclear
The Doomsday Clock
came into being in 1947 as a way for atomic scientists to warn the
world of the dangers of nuclear weapons. That year, the Bulletin set the
time at seven minutes to midnight, with midnight symbolizing humanity's
destruction. By 1949, it was at three minutes to midnight as the
relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union
deteriorated. In 1953, after the first test of the hydrogen bomb, the doomsday clock ticked to two minutes until midnight.
The Bulletin was at its most optimistic in 1991, when the Cold War
thawed and the United States and Russia began cutting their arsenals.
That year, the clock was set at 17 minutes to midnight.
From then until 2010, however, it was a gradual creep back toward
destruction, as hopes of total nuclear disarmament vanished and threats
of nuclear terrorism and climate change reared their heads. In 2010, the
Bulletin found some hope in arms reduction treaties and international
climate talks and bumped the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock back to
six minutes from midnight from its previous post at five to midnight.
But by 2012, the clock was pushed forward another minute.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:25:07 GMT
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