The Dooms Day Clock, 5 Minutes to Armageddon

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have moved the hand of the Dooms Day Clock to five minutes to midnight. The Dooms Day Clock acts as a metaphorical measure of how close humanity is to it’s demise. In 1947 when it was started, it was set at 7 minutes to midnight. The first Soviet atomic test brought it to three minutes to midnight, and subsequent nuclear tests by the US and the Soviet Union in the next 3 years brought it to just 2 minutes. It was 1953 and it was when humanity was the most likely to had been wiped out. The “safest” it ever got was in 1991 when the US and the Soviet Union signed the famous Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

With the recent events in the “war on terror”, Iran and North Korea’s nuclear developments being about to trigger another nuclear arms race, and new scientific evidence on climate change and the fact that it has the potential to wreck global havoc, the Dooms Day Clock has once again ticked.

Posted January 19th, 2007 in category culture, science.