Chicago: The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have said that they are observing a rise in the risks to humanity like constant warfare and climate change, they have moved the minute hand on the Doomsday Clock just two and a half minutes closer to midnight.
This is the first time since 1953 that the minute hand has come that close to midnight, at the beginning of the Cold War it was set just two minutes before midnight as both Russia and United States had performed successful tests of hydrogen bombs.
Previously the clock was set to three minutes before midnight in 2015, after a troubled last year the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have said:
“Factors influencing the 2017 deliberations regarding any adjustment that may be made to the Doomsday Clock include: a rise in strident nationalism worldwide, President Donald Trump’s comments on nuclear arms and climate issues prior to his inauguration on January 20th, a darkening global security landscape that is coloured by increasingly sophisticated technology, and a growing disregard for scientific expertise.”
Scientists have made this decision due to two main problems that international community have failed to solve: climate change and nuclear threat.
Donald Trump’s coming to office has made matters even worse because his policies can potentially detract the world on both these fronts.
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists also released a statement this week that said: “A rise in strident nationalism worldwide, President Donald Trump’s comments on nuclear arms and climate issues, a darkening global security landscape that is colored by increasingly sophisticated technology, and a growing disregard for scientific expertise.”
The Doomsday Clock was set up in 1947 by a team of Nobel laureates at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Initially the group only observed the likelihood of a nuclear threat but later on other threats like biological warfare, cyber threats and climate change.