Doomsday Clock moved forward: nuclear threat highest in decades


    Doomsday Clock has been moved forward by one minute. Organizers say that nuclear threat right now is highest in decades

    Doomsday Clock is in headline these days. The clock conveys the impending dangers mainly from nuclear arms facing the world. To a lesser level it also denotes dangers our world faces from other factor including environmental disasters and biological weapons as well.

    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, in an introduction of the Doomsday clock says, “The Doomsday Clock 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 nuclear weapons remain the most dangerous threat to the humanity right now. From Iran to Israel and North Korea besides of course Pakistan, the threat of nuclear weapons is higher now than anytime in the past, especially after the World War 2 when US unleashed atomic bombs on Japan. A report whil detailing the proliferation of nuclear weapons says, “For most of the Cold War, overt hostility between the United States and Soviet Union, coupled with their enormous nuclear arsenals, defined the nuclear threat. The U.S. arsenal peaked at about 30,000 warheads in the mid-1960s and the Soviet arsenal at 40,000 warheads in the 1980s, dwarfing all other nuclear weapon states. The scenario for nuclear holocaust was simple: Heightened tensions between the two jittery superpowers would lead to an all-out nuclear exchange. Today, the potential for an accidental or inadvertent nuclear exchange between the United States and Russia remains, with both countries anachronistically maintaining more than 1,000 warheads on high alert, ready to launch within tens of minutes, even though a deliberate attack by Russia or the United States on the other seems improbable”.

    This has prompted the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to advance the Doomsday Clock by one minute. This is significant and the world must take stock of the impending threat that these weapons pos to the very existence of the world.