The atomic scientists have shown immense frustration over the lack of action in addressing the problems of climatic changes and nuclear arsenal. They have ultimately decided to push their doomsday clock to 11:57 on 22 January.
The so called Doomsday Clock was incorporated in the year 1947 after the World War II. The minds behind the Doomsday clock were Manhattan Project scientists who were responsible for making the first atomic bomb in the world.
The clock was set up in order to make a perceptible symbol for allowing people to understand the problems that the human race is facing. The security officials of the board are responsible for determining and adjusting the level of perceptible threat two times a year.
Seventeen Nobel prize winners are included in the advisory board. The advisory board stated,
“World leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required. In 2015, unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernisations and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats.”
The world leaders have already expressed their concerns about keeping carbon emissions under control and global warming has been an important issue for the environment lately. The leaders are trying to keep the carbon emissions below 2 degrees Celsius, people are spending ridiculous amounts of money on slashing the nuclear weapons.
The clock has already been adjusted seven times since the time of its setup. According to the advisory board, the time between 1991 and 1994 was the safest. This time, the clock was 17 minutes from the doomsday.
The final paragraph of the statement from the Board warns:
“In 2015, with the Clock hand moved forward to three minutes to midnight, the board feels compelled to add, with a sense of great urgency: ‘The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon.’”
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