The Doomsday Clock Moves To Three Minutes
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists puts the blame firmly on “unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernization, and outsides nuclear weapons arsenals”. According to them, “It is present three minutes to midnight on the Doomsday Clock. They maintain the clock and resets its hands every few years, which is based on existential threats to civilization. The clock was created in 1947, initially, it served as a warning about the nuclear weapon’s threat, but in recent years the change in the climate has started to mess with the hands of time. This is the fourth update to the clock that explicitly mentions climate change, though it is an issue that has been on the Bulletin’s radar since 1961.
It is strange, but may happen, ask your parents — you may yet remember it yourself — and the year 2015 was once arrested as a vision of “the future.” Spend whatever time on Facebook at the moment, and you’ll be firmly reminded that this is the year Marty McFly is supposed to come from the past to find ourselves living in a hover-boarding future. As the scientists noticed that the last Thursday of the year 2014 was the hottest year in 130 years of systematic record keeping by them…. Nine of the 10 hottest years on record have happened since 2000. But the scientists suggested that the greater danger lay when the leaders go wrong to acknowledge the act on climate modification. The failure have imperiled civilizations on a global scale, as Benedict said, “World leaders have failed to act on a scale or at a speed to protect humanity from catastrophe”.
The last update of the clock was in 2012, when the hands of the clock were set at five minutes to midnight. The reason the Earth is closer to doomsday now is the growing clarity about the shocks of climate alterations, including some already occurring, and the inaction to do anything about it.
“The ground we are experiencing a heavy sensation of urging along the climate issue is, quantitatively, if you desire to limit climate change to a certain magnitude, you are only permitted to receive a certain amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Richard Somerville, an oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a member of the Bulletin board, the clock maintainer, said that, “ We are nearly midway there”.
If emissions keep on their current trend, they will likely expend the carbon budget (a term applied by scientists to identified how much carbon dioxide can be emitted while safely keeping the world from warming more than the 2°C/3.6°F) in three decades.
Some scientists think that passing that threshold could lead to higher ocean levels and rising global temperatures at rates could be beyond society’s ability to adjust. Beyond those direct impacts, climate change also poses a threat multiplier problem for the military by potentially increasing migration, destabilizing governments and increasing regional conflicts. The Pentagon already views climate change as an “immediate risk.”