Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tick Tock

The Doomsday Clock has been moved back one minute; we now sit at six minutes to midnight.

Which is better than five minutes, but a far cry from the 17 minutes of the early nineties and the sigh of relief the world took in the optimistic days after the Cold War first ended. I still remember the t-shirts with the clock that were all over Takoma Park those days.

I also think that it is worth noting that the past two adjustments (2010 and 2007) have also mentioned climate change. Here is the latest Bulletin update:

2010: International cooperation rules the day. Talks between Washington and Moscow for a follow-on agreement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty are nearly complete, and more negotiations for further reductions in the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenal are already planned. Additionally, Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. president to publicly call for a nuclear-weapon-free world. The dangers posed by climate change are still great, but there are pockets of progress. Most notably: At Copenhagen, the developing and industrialized countries agree to take responsibility for carbon emissions and to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists have the complete timeline of the Clock and other details and information on their website.

(via TP)


There is a new website up as well called turn back the clock, which might be worth a gander.

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