Climate Threat Advances “Doomsday Clock”
“Experts assessing the dangers posed to civilisation have added climate change to the prospect of nuclear annihilation as the greatest threats to humankind.” The “Doomsday Clock”, established in 1947 by the “Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists” to warn the world of the dangers of nuclear weapons, was just moved from 7 to 5 minutes to midnight largely on the basis of climate change concerns. In addition to highlighting continued concerns with nuclear warfare (which in itself would dramatically alter the climate), and particularly proliferation as nuclear energy spreads, for the first time the clock moved because of “destruction of human habitats wreaked by climate change brought on by human activities… global warming poses a dire threat to human civilization that is second only to nuclear weapons.” Since its inception the clock has moved from as much as 17 minutes to 2 minutes to doomsday. The recent change is the first since 2002. Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking said “we foresee great peril if governments and societies do not take action now to render nuclear weapons obsolete and to prevent further climate change.” We at EcoInternet concur. No one can say with certainty how soon if ever the human race will annihilate itself. Yet with the basic science that humankind is causing global heating settled, and many of the projections made regarding impacts upon the Earth of over-population and environmental destruction coming true (in some cases many times more abruptly than expected), and with increasing militarization including nuclear, clearly humanity has moved more closely to its own demise.