The moment of destruction for the entire planet is creeping perilously close to arriving. That much is clear by the latest update to the “Doomsday Clock,” which is now closer to the stroke of midnight than it has been in over 60 years.
The Doomsday Clock’s minute hand was moved by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to only 2.5 minutes to midnight from 3 minutes where it had sat since 2015. If the fictional clock were to strike midnight, the world would be in chaos and in the midst of a nuclear war.
In what was described as an “unprecedented” decision, the group of scientists released a statement which, in part, 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 colored by increasingly sophisticated technology, and a growing disregard for scientific expertise.
Originally, in 1947, the Doomsday Clock was created as a way to measure the likelihood of a nuclear war which would end the world. Today it still does that but its calculations also include biosecurity events such as widespread disease, cyber threats, and disastrous climate change. These factors were spoken about at a press conference where the following was said:
Over the course of 2016, the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to come effectively to grips with humanity’s most pressing existential threats, nuclear weapons and climate change … This already-threatening world situation was the backdrop for a rise in strident nationalism worldwide in 2016, including in a U.S. presidential campaign during which the eventual victor, Donald Trump, made disturbing comments about the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons and expressed disbelief in the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change.
Trump has indicated he is willing to use nuclear weapons in a conflict which he is looking to provoke. On March 30, 2016 he wondered during an interview when he was chastised about threatening to use the weapons he replied, “Then why are we making them? Why do we make them?” The next day on March 31, 2016 Trump said in an interview on Fox News, “I’m not going to take cards off the table. We have nuclear capability.”
While some may speculate that the Doomsday Clock’s purpose is overly dramatic, those would likely be the same people who believe every world which rolls out of President Donald Trump’s mouth. The United States and the rest of the world are in for a cold reckoning when all of the cumulative ills and sins come to bear.
Watch the entire press conference by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists below: