The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says "It is Now 5 Minutes to Midnight."
It should come as no surprise that this respected organization has moved the clock (on January 10th) an inch closer to the witching hour. It is black magic, indeed, that causes the clock to inch closer to midnight. As described on their Website:
The Doomsday Clock conveys how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction--the figurative midnight--and monitors the means humankind could use to obliterate itself. First and foremost, these include nuclear weapons, but they also encompass climate-changing technologies and new developments in the life sciences that could inflict irrevocable harm.Just two years ago The Bulletin spoke hopefully as it set the clock back one minute (away from Midnight) saying,"We are poised to bend the arc of history toward a world free of nuclear weapons." That tempered enthusiasm was rooted in negotiations between Washington and Moscow for a follow-on agreement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, along with ongoing negotiations for further reductions in the U.S. and Russian nuclear nuclear arsenals. There were also "pockets of progress" addressing climate change.
Yet, in just two years those hopes quickly faded as it has become evident that nations, in particular the United States and Russia, are not only hesitant to disarm, but are re-arming at an alarming rate; not much of an example for the rest of the world. As for climate change, it is clearly evident that Nero fiddles even while Rome burns. As The Bulletin summarizes the situation:
The challenges to rid the world of nuclear weapons, harness nuclear power, and meet the nearly inexorable climate disruptions from global warming are complex and interconnected. In the face of such complex problems, it is difficult to see where the capacity lies to address these challenges.The Bulletin's Doomsday Clock is in a very real sense a prophetic voice, a clarion call to all who will listen. And listen we must, or turn away at humanity's peril. The longer we put off facing these issues, the greater the probability that the clock will once again start ticking,moving closer to midnight.
In 1953 the clock reached 2 minutes to midnight, the closest in its history, after the U.S. tested its first thermonuclear bomb. In its 1953 statement The Bulletin said:
Only a few more swings of the pendulum, and, from Moscow to Chicago, atomic explosions will strike midnight for Western civilization.Disarmament is obviously not forthcoming from the halls of The White House, Congress or the Pentagon (or the Kremlin for that matter). It is up to We The People to rise up and demand good faith efforts toward disarmament, and of course simultaneous efforts to control global proliferation and move all nations toward a nuclear weapons free world. It is time to re-energize the global movement toward that goal.
Watch from Hiroshima
It is time to shout out in every capital city,
"Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Never Again!!!"
Read the announcements at The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:
Doomsday Clock Moves 1 minute closer to midnight
Doomsday Clock moves to five minutes to midnight
Read the timeline of the Doomsday Clock: http://thebulletin.org/content/doomsday-clock/timeline