It’s now three minutes before midnight on the Doomsday Clock overseen by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 and set at seven minutes to midnight to graphically show that there was not much time to get atomic weapons under control. The scientists at the Bulletin now take into account climate change along with nuclear weaponry in setting the clock.
This year the clock was set at three minutes to midnight, reflecting the trepidation that little was being done to address climate change. The clock was closest to midnight in 1953–two minutes to midnight–after both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. tested thermonuclear weapons. It was pushed back to seventeen minutes to midnight in 1991 after the U.S. and U.S.S.R. signed the first SALT treaty, agreeing to deep cuts in their nuclear arsenals.The clock will be reset on January 22, 2017. The election of an unstable American president who has spoken in favor of nuclear proliferation and denies climate change is sure to push the minute hand even closer to midnight. If in some warped calculus delayed reinforcement of the defenses of the embassy in Benghazi is murder, an allegation that a lengthy and expensive investigation revealed was without a crumb of evidence, then support of nuclear proliferation and the willful abandonment of controls on carbon emissions in favor of unregulated plundering by corporations heedless of environmental consequences is genocide.
Check out the Bulletin’s interactive Doomsday Dashboard for a sobering look at how we are destroying our planet. http://thebulletin.org/doomsday-dashboard