Why have they moved doomsday clock to 100 seconds to midnight?


Silver Surfer

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You've probably heard of the Doomsday Clock. It is a clock indicating how close our planet is to complete annihalation.

This week scientists have moved this clock forward to 100 seconds to midnight.

That is pretty close to midnight and the first time it has been this close since they first started using it in 1947.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) said on Thursday that the change was made due to nuclear proliferation, failure to tackle climate change and "cyber-based disinformation".

Personally I think it is exaggerated, especially because they mention failure to tackle climate change. I believe what happens to earth is for 99 percent due to natural cycles like we have seen in the past. There have been times in the past where CO2 in the atmosphere was much higher then it is now.

Anyway, that is my opinion.

What are your thoughts on the Doomsday Clock?

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/23/us/doomsday-clock-trnd/index.html

 
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Sparhawk

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I don't doubt that we should be treading more lightly on the Earth in terms of fossil fuels and such but it does seem pretty exaggerated. We've built our world on a pretty delicate balance of climate, meaning a few degrees change here and there could have drastic effects. But that's more to do with natural climate swings that are totally in line with what has happened over millions of years.

It's difficult to really say what type of impact humans have on all this. "Climate change" seems to be more a catchphrase than anything meaningful, and politicians are jumping all over it.

As for the clock, it's true that our world seems quite fragile. In theory anything could come along and cause havoc. But I don't think it would ever mean the end of the world in the strictest sense. When you think about how much would really have to go wrong in order for the Earth to cease to exist in its current form... it seems unlikely.

 

Silver Surfer

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Apart from climate going through natural cycles, the same applies to civilizations.

Empires come and go and maybe one of those drastich changes is on the agenda.

There is the battle between the US and China for starters and according to some analysts who ever gets control of Eurasia is the winner in the game. China wants to resurrect the old Silk Road and the US is not having that ofcourse.

So, where will all this lead to?

And then ofcourse there are the pandemics, Virsusses that spread like crazy and nobody seems to be able to contain it. For now anyway.

I think there are loads of valid reasons to move the clock forward en maybe this will make people realise it's better to cooperate than to yet again stumble into some world battle that migth turn into an Armageddon for all of us.

 

JohnD

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There will not be a doomsday soon, as yuu said, a Empire rises while other falls, its cyclic.

The bad thing is living in the collapsing country, full of crime and injustice.

 

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