Doomsday Clock moves a minute closer to midnight, end of the world getting nearer, scientists say

By on Jan 11, 2012 in Environment, Science, United States Comments

The Doomsday Clock moved a minute closer to midnight on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, which scientists believed that the end of the world could be getting nearer.

Science and Security Board member Robert
Socolow, sitting beside the Doomsday Clock

Image Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

According to a press release by Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) on its official website that day, the symbolic Doomsday Clock time now is five minutes before midnight.

As noted in the report, the Doomsday Clock minute moved for the last time hand in January 2010, when its minute hand was pushed back one minute from five to six minutes before midnight.

“It is five minutes to midnight. Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face.” A statement reads at that day, noting the climate change as among the worldwide problem.

“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.” The statement added.

“Unfortunately, Einstein‘s statement in 1946 that ‘everything has changed, save the way we think,’ remains true. The provisional developments of 2 years ago have not been sustained, and it makes sense to move the clock closer to midnight, back to the value it had in 2007.” BAS Board of Sponsors co-chair Lawrence Krauss was quoted on the report.

“Faced with clear and present dangers of nuclear proliferation and climate change, and the need to find sustainable and safe sources of energy, world leads are failing to change business as usual. Inaction on key issues including climate change, and rising international tensions motivate the movement of the clock.” Krauss added.

The Doomsday Clock, which is located at the University of Chicago, was created by BAS in 1947 to show how close Earth was to self-destruction. It was originally set to 11:53, with the “safest time” happening in 1991 when it was set 11:43.

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