Doomsday clock moved forward by Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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    Doomsday clock has been moved forward by one minute by Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. This indicates that the world has become even more vulnerable than before

    Doomsday Clock is in news. The clock has been moved forward by one minute to midnight in what its organizers say is because of the fact that danger from nuclear proliferation has increased manifold in recent years.

    I am not sure if the organizers are concerned about the Iran-US standoff turning into something catastrophic due to the fact that there have been predictions of Israel or US launching nuclear attack on Iran. The miniaturization of atomic weapons is an open secret and there are miniaturized atomic weapons with at least six nuclear weapon nations including Israel who have the world wide delivery system of atomic weapons.

    The clock has been moved five minutes to midnight. The move to move the clock by one minute was announced by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS). Just one year ago the clock was moved back by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

    The clock, whose name sounds dangerous to most of the people as it wants to convey the death and destruction that comes with nuclear weapons, conveys how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction–the figurative midnight–and monitors the means humankind could use to obliterate itself. First and foremost, these include nuclear weapons, but they also encompass climate-changing technologies and new developments in the life sciences that could inflict irrevocable harm.

    But the scope of the organization is not just limited to threats from nuclear weapons. Its website while detailing the purpose of the organization says, “The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists informs the public about threats to the survival and development of humanity from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences. Through an award-winning magazine, our online presence, and the Doomsday Clock, we reach policy leaders and audiences around the world with information and analysis about efforts to address the dangers and prevent catastrophe. With fellowships for students and awards to young journalists, we help educate the next generation”.

    Allison Macfarlane, an official of the organization says, “The global community may be near a point of no return in efforts to prevent catastrophe from changes in Earth’s atmosphere”.