The Dooms Day Clock

What is the Dooms day Clock 

In 1947, during the cold war era, governments and doomsday-clockscientists assembled, forming what is known as the Dooms Day Clock. It represents the current state of the worlds nuclear position to world war and total destruction.

It was agreed to be set on 7 minutes to midnight and has fluctuated closer and further to the midnight hour.

The table below show the timeline since then and how close we have become in the past.

 


 

 

 

Timeline of the Doomsday Clock
YearMins LeftTimeChangeReason
1947711:53pm —The initial setting of the Doomsday Clock.
1949311:57pm+4The Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb, officially starting the nuclear arms race.
1953211:58pm+1The United States and the Soviet Union test thermonuclear devices within nine months of one another. (This is the clock’s closest approach to midnight since its inception.)
1960711:53pm−5In response to a perception of increased scientific cooperation and public understanding of the dangers of nuclear weapons, as well political actions taken to avoid “massive retaliation.” The United States and Soviet Union cooperate and avoid direct confrontation in regional conflicts such as the 1956 Suez Crisis. Scientists from different countries help establish the International Geophysical Year, a series of coordinated, worldwide scientific observations between nations allied with both the United States and the Soviet Union, and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, which allow Soviet and American scientists to interact.
19631211:48pm−5The United States and Soviet Union sign the Partial Test Ban Treaty, limiting atmospheric nuclear testing.
1968711:53pm+5Regional wars wage: Vietnam War intensifies, Six Day War occurs in 1967 and Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 takes place. Worse yet, France and China, two nations which have not signed the Partial Test Ban Treaty, acquire and test nuclear weapons (1960 (Gerboise Bleue nuclear test) and 1964 (596 nuclear test) respectively) to assert themselves as global players in the nuclear arms race.
19691011:50pm−3Every nation of the world, with the notable exceptions of India, Pakistan, and Israel, signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
19721211:48pm−2The United States and the Soviet Union sign the SALT I (Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty) and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
1974911:51pm+3India tests a nuclear device (Smiling Buddha), SALT II talks stall. Both the United States and the Soviet Union modernize MIRVs
1980711:53pm+2Unforeseeable end to deadlock in American–Soviet talks as Soviet war in Afghanistan proceeds. As a result of the war, the US Senate refuses to ratify SALT II agreement between both nations and President Jimmy Carterpulls the United States from the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow and considers ways in which the United States could win a nuclear war
1981411:56pm+3Soviet war in Afghanistan hardens the US nuclear posture. Ronald Reagan becomes president, scraps further arms control talks with the Soviet Union and argues that the only way to end the Cold War is to win it.
1984311:57pm+1Further escalation of the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union.
1988611:54pm−3The United States and the Soviet Union sign treaty to eliminate intermediate-range nuclear forces, relations improve.
19901011:50pm−4Fall of the Berlin Wall, dissolution of Iron Curtain sealing off Eastern Europe, Cold War nearing an end.
19911711:43pm−7United States and Soviet Union sign the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. (This is the clock’s earliest setting since its inception.)
19951411:46pm+3Global military spending continues at Cold War levels; concerns about post-Soviet nuclear proliferation of weapons and brainpower.
1998911:51pm+5Both India (Pokhran-II) and Pakistan (Chagai-I) test nuclear weapons in a tit-for-tat show of aggression; the United States and Russia run into difficulties in further reducing stockpiles.
2002711:53pm+2Little progress on global nuclear disarmament; United States rejects a series of arms control treaties and announces its intentions to withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty; concerns about the possibility of a nuclear terrorist attack due to the amount of weapon-grade nuclear materials that are unsecured and unaccounted for worldwide.
2007511:55pm+2North Korea’s test of a nuclear weapon,[4] Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a renewed American emphasis on the military utility of nuclear weapons, the failure to adequately secure nuclear materials, and the continued presence of some 26,000 nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia.[5] Some scientists, assessing the dangers posed to civilization, have added climate change to the prospect of nuclear annihilation as the greatest threats to humankind.[6]
2010611:54pm−1Worldwide cooperation to reduce nuclear arsenals and limit effect of climate change.[7] New START agreement is ratified by both the United States and Russia and more negotiations for further reductions in the American and Russian nuclear arsenal are already planned. 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark results in the developing and industrialized countries agreeing to take responsibility for carbon emissions and to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.
2012511:55pm+1Lack of global political action to address nuclear weapons stockpiles, the potential for regional nuclear conflict, nuclear power safety, and global climate change.[1]
2015323:57pm+2Continued lack of global political action to address global climate change, the modernization of nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia, and the problem of nuclear waste.[20]

Table courtesy of wikipedia:

 

Where we are at right now:

The predicted ‘end of the world’  has actually come in the past three years, meaning that every single man, woman and child are now in danger.

Climate change and nuclear weapons pose the highest and most escalating threat – this is according to the scientists responsible for the famous Doomsday Clock, a truly symbolic measure which counts us all down to the world Armageddon.

 

The hands were moved again on January 22nd 2015, with the minute-hand of the 68-year old Armageddon Doomsday concept clock being moved forward by two minutes.

Now showing a time of three minutes to midnight, thus reflecting the fact that the “probability of global catastrophe is extremely high”.

 

 

 

 

1 comment

    • Russell on January 25, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    The Atomic Doomsday clock is now 2 minutes to midnight and was changed a few days ago by the scientific community

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