Magazine article Risk Management

The Doomsday Clock

Magazine article Risk Management

The Doomsday Clock

Article excerpt

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

In January, the world became safer. At least rhetorically. The infamous Doomsday Clock was rolled back one more minute away from midnight by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, meaning that the planet is now six minutes from global destruction. This recalibration to 11:54 marks the 19th time that the Chicago-based group of scientists, which includes 19 Nobel Laureates, has adjusted the clock since it was established in 1947.

Although originally created to symbolically represent humanity's proximity to the "midnight hour" of nuclear apocalypse, the definition has been broadened over time to measure other threats that could incite global disaster, such as climate change and other technological/ biological factors that could cause "irrevocable harm" to society and incite global disaster.

This was the first rollback since 1991, and it occurred because of recent changes in U.S. foreign policy and other geopolitical realities. "A key to the new era of cooperation is a change in the U.S. government's orientation toward international affairs, brought about in part by the election of Obama," stated the group. "With a more pragmatic, problem-solving approach, not only has Obama initiated new arms-reduction talks with Russia, he has started negotiations with Iran to close its nuclear enrichment program and directed the U. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.