The symbolic "Doomsday Clock" scientists use to Representation what they feel is the risk from nuclear holocaust or an act of great destruction has moved a minute closer to midnight.
The clock analogy represented the threat of global nuclear war; however, since 2007 it has also reflected climate-changing technologies and "new developments in the life sciences and The branch of engineering nanotechnology that could inflict irrevocable harm."
The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face, made ready for service since 1947 by the board of trainer of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago. The closer the clock is to midnight, the closer the world is estimated to be to global disaster. The most recent officially-announced setting — five minutes to midnight (11:55pm)
It was made on 10 January 2012. Reflecting international events dangerous to humankind, the clock's hands have been adjusted twenty times since its inception in 1947 when the clock was initially set to seven minutes to midnight (11:53pm).
The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face, maintained since 1947 by the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago.
"It is now five minutes to midnight," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) director Kennette Benedict announced today (Jan. 10) at a press conference in Washington, D.C.
To represents a symbolic step closer to doomsday, a change from the clock's previous mark of six minutes to midnight, set in January 2010.
The Doomsday Clock advanced one minute today, symbolizing increased nuclear dangers in our world.
It is now 11:55 p.m. on the symbolic clock that reflects threats to humanity and the planet, especially from nuclear weapons. Midnight represents the end of mankind from its own destruction.
The closer the clock is to midnight, the closer the world is estimated to be to global disaster.
On Tuesday, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists concluded the clock should be moved to five minutes before midnight.
We questioned the move then, as climate change remained unaddressed by the global community. And evidently, the atomic scientists now agree. The BAS released the following statement today:
It is five minutes to midnight. Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed. For that reason, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the clock hand one minute closer to midnight, back to its time in 2007.
Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats we face, said Allison Macfarlane, who chairs the group's science and security board. "In many cases, this trend has not continued or has been reversed. For that reason, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is moving the clock one minute closer to midnight, back to it's time in 2007
The need to act is urgent," he said, saying action also is needed against the factors scientists believe cause global warming.
Climate change is happening, Krauss said, listing it among the risk factors in the Doomsday Clock announcement. "It's happening now, it's measurable, and it's clearly related to human activity, and the need to react becomes more urgent.
We need the political leadership to affirm the primacy of science as a way of knowing, or problems will be far worse than they are already, Socolow said.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will announce its decision this afternoon in Washington, D.C.