Doomsday Clock 5 Minutes and Counting
When the clock strikes midnight
An allegorical timepiece which measures the ever impending fate of mankind, was moved up a notch Tuesday.
The figurative time keeper now reads: 11:55. And time for civilization is ticking away. For at the stroke of midnight, the apocalypse will rain fire upon the earth. Or will it?
Put into place by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS), the figurative ticker serves as an awareness gimmick designed to warn against various calamitous perils.
The last time the doomsday clock was moved closer toward the fate of mankind, was in 2007. And while the movement of the clock's hands was once solely based on the proliferation of nuclear arms, concern for chemical munitions and the supposed rise of environmental threats, have made climate change and biological weaponry factors in the matter.
"Today with the clear and present dangers of nuclear proliferation, climate change and the continued challenge to find new and sustainable and safe sources of energy, business as usual reigns the norm among world leaders," Lawrence Krauss, co-chair of the group's board of sponsors, declared at a press conference.
Since its inception, the Doomsday clock has been reset 20 times. And the closest it has ever come to striking midnight and ushering in the apocalypse, was in 1953 at the beginning of the nuclear armament race when the clock's hand was pushed to the two minutes-and-counting mark.
With events reaching bowling points in the Middle East in 2011, and power transitions in nuclear-ambitious countries such as, North Korea and China, the idea of a doomsday clock comes across as, anything but mere gimmick.
No doubt, the world appears troubled and doomsday seems to lurk beyond the horizon. Yet hope, must be allowed to rise from the ashes and turn back the hands of impending doom.
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