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Doomsday Clock is Now Closer to Midnight

Not even the Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan moved the Doomsday Clock to the point where it is currently at now.

The recent update to the clock, photo from CNN
The recent update to the clock, photo from CNN

On Thursday, January 25, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the “Doomsday Clock” 30 seconds closer to midnight/catastrophe. The clock is now two minutes to midnight. The Bulletin moved the clock ahead due to increasing worries over recent nuclear tensions and the continuing worries in climate change.

The president of the group, Rachel Bronson said “This is the closest the Clock has ever been to doomsday, and as close as it was in 1953, at the height of the Cold War.”

In 1953, the hydrogen bomb was tested for the first time by the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

Scientists are blaming multiple threats that include dangerous political rhetoric to the potential of a nuclear threat as for the reason to move the clock forward.

In a statement released by the Bulletin, “In 2017, world leaders failed to respond effectively to the looming threats of nuclear war and climate change, making the world security situation more dangerous than it was a year ago and  dangerous as it has been since World War II.

As the statement continued, “The greatest risks last year arose in the nuclear realm. North Korea’s nuclear weapons program appeared to make remarkable progress in 2017, increasing risks for itself, other countries in the region and the United States.”

The closer the clock gets to midnight, the closer it is estimated that a global disaster will occur.  The Bulletin will actual skip years that they feel that the clock doesn’t need a update. In 1991, the collapse of the Soviet Union moved the clock back to 17 minutes to midnight and the clock stayed like that until 1995.

The Bulletin founded by the University of Chicago scientists in 1945, that same group helped design the first nuclear weapons in the Manhattan Project. The clock was created in 1947 using the imagery of apocalypse/midnight and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion/countdown to zero to convey threats to humans and the Earth.

In recent years, global warming has been added to the concerns of the Bulletin and since 1991, the clock has dropped every few years excluding 2010 which only gained one minute.

No, the World Didn’t End on Saturday

Yes, the world is going to end one day; we just don’t know when. That hasn’t stopped people from professing their belief that the world is going to end on a certain date.

We have been obsessed with “The End” of our bedtime stories of humanity. The latest nut-job is David Meade, a self-described specialist when it comes to the end of the world.  He predicted the Rapture, as foretold in the Book of Revelations, will begin on Saturday. (Wait a minute, it’s Sunday and we are still alive. What a shocker.)

David Meade – Photo from The Sun

There was no evidence supporting Meade’s claims of a Planet Nibiru or “Planet X” on a crash course towards Earth. That didn’t stop Meade from making claims. There are several ways in which the world can end. As long as someone can press the magical “red” button, nuclear war is the most likely way the world will end.

Of course, you might have a giant asteroid hit your house and car but the odds of that happening are 1-in-100 million in any given year. Those poor dinosaurs had a very bad year.

Then you might have climate change or global warming ruining your day, but it is doubtful this would lead to the end of the world. How about the over population of the world? Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has stated that we only have until 2100 before we would have to find a new home that is suitable for humans. In 2100, the population is estimated at over 11 billion, but most people alive today would be dead.

Then you have black holes that are never full after eating many stars and planets, but the odds of that happening are so small that we don’t have numbers for it. Another event that could happen is a supernova – the closest one to us is Betelgeuse, a part of the Orion constellation.

A more likely event is a global pandemic like the flu and smallpox killing off the majority of the planet and a biological weapon launched by terrorists and maybe another country. Maybe a super- volcano or robots take us out.

Finally, we have survived everything but one thing: Father Time. The sun runs out of fuel and expands to engulfing Mercury, Venus and possibly the  Earth. The planet will be so hot, no life will be possible. So enjoy life on Earth right now; we only got a billion more years to go.