The Doomsday Clock now sits at two and half minutes to midnight

Friday, 3 February, 2017

The Doomsday Clock, originally developed by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in 1947, as a gauge of international events that are dangerous to the world, including a nuclear war, now sits at two and a half minutes to midnight.

This is the nearest that the clock has been to midnight in that last fifty years. It would seem various efforts to make the world a safer place are missing the mark.

Even if nuclear weapons did not exist, climate change and the accelerating loss of biodiversity are serious threats. Damage to ecosystems is already taking place; climate change is causing loss of life and property, as well as affecting natural systems. At the same time, the nations with nuclear weapons are still testing new devices and more sophisticated delivery systems.

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