100 seconds before the end of the world: scientists moved the hands of the doomsday clock

In 1947, the creators of the first atomic bombs founded the magazine of the University of Chicago, “Bulletin of the atomic scientists”. From time to time on the magazine cover appear metaphorical doomsday Clock, midnight being the onset of the nuclear disaster. The decision on transfer of the clock taken by the Board of Directors of the magazine, including 18 Nobel laureates. For 73 years, the scientists turned the clock hand 24 times, including the initial setting of seven minutes, thus warning mankind of a possible disaster. 23 Jan 2020 doomsday Clock stopped at 23:58:20. So close to midnight, the arrow did not come never.

It looks like the cover of the latest issue of the journal “Bulletin of the atomic scientists”

Why do scientists believe the world is on the brink of disaster?

The transfer of the clock doomsday only 20 seconds closer to midnight, that is the end of civilization, is intended to draw the attention of the public and world leaders. We will remind that within two years the watch is not translated with a mark of 23:58 in the background of such threats as climate change, nuclear war and cyberwarfare. At this time, the situation became even more urgent as the world leaders are not taking enough measures against the climate crisis, despite public protests. Moreover, the intensification of the conflict in the middle East at the beginning of the year could lead to the spread of nuclear weapons, as the treaties and agreements to prevent their development are crumbling.

In 1947 members of the Manhattan project — the code name of the US program to develop nuclear weapons decided that the doomsday Clock is an effective way to inform the public about the threat that nuclear weapons pose for humanity. Since the onset of the cold war, the clock continues to move closer to midnight. Today, however, we need to worry not only about the danger of use of nuclear weapons, but primarily about climate change. The fact that we just experienced the warmest decade in the history of mankind. 2019 broke many temperature records, and the number of natural disasters and fires has increased significantly.

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At the same time, scientists ‘ warnings are becoming louder and sharper. Just last month the United Nations published a report which notes that carbon emissions in this decade should be reduced by almost 80% to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, however, atmospheric levels in 2020 has set a new record. Recent climate negotiations have not led to serious action. And this despite the statement on the climate emergency 11 thousand scientists from around the world.

Senior researcher at the Stockholm environment Institute, and member of the “Bulletin of the atomic scientists” Sivan Map during a press conference on 23 January said that despite the warnings of researchers, politicians not commensurate with the current emergency situation. If world leaders were serious about solving the climate crisis, they have begun to develop policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to encourage others to do the same.

The planet needs to Wake up because until midnight 100 seconds, and the world leaders have demonstrated an inability to cope with risk a global catastrophe — that is the basic message scientists.

The text of the official statements can be found on the website of the Bulletin of the atomics. What do you think about this? Let us discuss the probability of occurrence of the day of judgment in review and with members of our Telegram chat.

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