Doomsday Clock Explained
So you arrived here with one question in mind, that question being what is the doomsday clock?
If your only looking for a quick answer to this question let’s do that for you right now. The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized model that conveys how near we are to the end of civilization caused by a man-made global catastrophe. For Example Nuclear War.
For me, as a Prepper the answer to this question raises some more in-depth questions. If you’ve got a bit more time join me and read on for some further information on the Doomsday Clock.
Who Maintains The Doomsday Clock
The Doomsday Clock is maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists who work with science leaders, policymakers and the interested public on the following topics:
- Climate Change.
- Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament.
- Emerging technologies.
The journal of the Doomsday Clock Bulletin puts issues and events into context and provides fact-based debates and assessments. Originally founded back in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists. These scientists said that they “could not remain aloof to the consequences of their work”. The organization’s early years chronicled the dawn of the nuclear age and the birth of the scientists’ movement, as told by the men and women who built the atomic bomb and then lobbied with both technical and humanist arguments for its abolition.
What Does The Clock Represent?
The clock is a hypothetical representation of the end of civilization occurring at the point the clock reaches midnight. How close the clock is to midnight at any one time is decided by the bulletin and expressed in the form of minutes to midnight.
The clock was originally set to seven minutes to midnight in 1947 and since then has been set both backward and forwards 22 times.
When Did The Clocks Hands First Move?
The first time the clock’s hand moved was after the Soviet Union successfully tested its first atomic bomb in 1949, it was set to three minutes to midnight.
Whats The Closest To Midnight The Hands Have Been?
The closest to midnight the clock’s hands have been was In 1953 when the minute hand was moved to two minutes to midnight. This was as a result of both the United States and the Soviet Union tested their first thermonuclear weapons within six months of each another.
When Were The Hands Set Farthest From Midnight?
The furthest the minute hand has been from midnight was In 1991. This was at the end of the Cold War when the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
What Is The Doomsday Clock Currently Set At?
Until recently the clock had been set at three minutes before midnight. This is the closest it had been to midnight since the early 1980s. However, the Science and Security Board have recently warned that “The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon”. As a result of this In 2017, the clock was set to two and a half minutes to midnight.
Doomsday Clock Not Long To Go Now
According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Clock is ticking and global danger looms. They have gone so far a to say “Wise public officials should act immediately, guiding humanity away from the brink. If they do not, wise citizens must step forward and lead the way”.
Heres a link to the latest full statement from the Science and Security Board on the 2017 time of the Doomsday Clock.
If for a moment you’re doubting the accuracy of the Doomsday Clock. Take for example the current state of affairs with North Korea and the nuclear threat currently hanging over the world.
Let’s hope we can all move towards a safer world for everyone. In the meantime keep on Prepping you just never know when your skills and supplies will be needed.