Doomsday Has Been Delayed by One Minute

Making Good Time: Doomsday Clock Moves 1 Minute Back to 6 from Midnight
Obama’s plans to end nukes and curb climate change raise cautious optimism

By Larry Greenemeier
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The human race can breathe a tiny bit easier (but not too much) now that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the hand of its Doomsday Clock one minute farther away from midnight, the time which symbolizes catastrophic destruction and the apocalyptic end of civilization. The clock now reads six minutes from that end-of-days witching hour after it was changed during a press conference Thursday in New York City, citing an increased awareness and interest in stopping key threats to humanity (in particular nuclear conflict and global warming) since U.S. President Barack Obama took office about a year ago.

Clock Announcement 2010 from on Vimeo.

But the Bulletin, a group established shortly after World War II by the likes of Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer, tempered its actions with the major caveat that humankind could slip closer to oblivion again if the world’s governments do not follow through on promises made to curb the creation of more nuclear weapons and greenhouse gases. Although the Bulletin was originally formed out of concern for global nuclear annihilation, the group has since broadened its purview to include the world’s vulnerability to climate change.

Article and more at Scientific American.
I didn’t even know there was a Doomsday Clock.
Also, another benefit of Obama before he’s actually done anything?

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7 thoughts on “Doomsday Has Been Delayed by One Minute

    1. I understand that, but he really hasn’t actually accomplished any of these things that he’s getting credit for. This is a recipe for disaster, everyone expectations (including his own I suspect) are too high.

      1. he did forward the process of nuclear disarmament, and has sent representatives to climate summits and even showed up at the last big one.

        that’s leaps and bounds more than the previous administration did. particularly in regards to the nuclear missile shield that we’ve been working on for the last 20 years.

        1. I have much higher hopes for him, compared to Bush, yet he hasn’t actually done anything w/ results yet. He’s moving, slowly, in (more or less) the right direction and hopefully will manage to get a few things done in the 4 years we gave him, regardless of what the Right does.

      2. He also got help right to Haiti and didn’t wait a week or so ala the last administration. At this point I see him as a normal politician and considering what he is up against I think he is doing a decent job.

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