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Doomsday Clock At 5 Minutes To Midnight, The End Of Mankind Closer, World Leaders Imperil Planet

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The politics of economic recovery have distracted world leaders from the long-term threats that face humanity, specifically the dangers presented by climate change and nuclear weapons, observed the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, as it announced  that the minute hand of its Doomsday Clock will remain at five minutes to midnight. “2012 was a year in which global problems pressed forward, but too many of its citizens stood back.”

The last time the Doomsday Clock minute hand moved was in January 2012, when the Clock’s hand was moved forward one minute, from six to five minutes before midnight.

In an unusual move, Board members directly addressed US President Barack Obama in an open letter published today by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. In that letter they applaud the president’s recent actions to gain ratification of New START and to strengthen the nuclear security regime. They also acknowledge the steps the president took to “nudge the country along a more rational energy path,” providing support for wind and other renewable energy sources and strengthening fuel-efficiency standards.

And yet, the letter continues, “2012 was the hottest year on record in the contiguous United States, marked by devastating drought and brutal storms. These extreme events are exactly what climate models predict for an atmosphere laden with greenhouse gases. 2012 was a year of unrealized opportunity to reduce nuclear stockpiles, to lower the immediacy of destruction from weapons on alert, and to control the spread of fissile materials and keep nuclear terrorism at bay. 2012 was a year in which — one year after the partial meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station — the Japanese nation continued to be at the earliest stages of what will be a costly and long recovery.” 

Robert Socolow, Chair of the Science and Security Board, noted, “We have as much hope for Obama’s second term in office as we did in 2010, when we moved back the hand of the Clock after his first year in office. This is the year for U.S. leadership in slowing climate change and setting a path toward a world without nuclear weapons.”

“Among the recommendations for meeting the challenges,” said board member Lynn Eden of Stanford University, “are to diminish the role of nuclear weapons by explicitly aiming to cut US deployed nuclear warheads to under 1,000.”

Nuclear expert Alexander Glaser, of Princeton University, focused on the need “to stop all new production and eliminate existing stocks of separated fissile material, both civilian and military, worldwide. It is the ultimate protection against nuclear terrorism and supports nuclear disarmament.” 

Board member Richard Somerville, of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, called on President Obama to make a priority of climate change in recognition of the gravity of the climate threat. He noted, “You have the ability to educate and inspire the United States to launch an ambitious response that will achieve progress on an energy strategy for the nation. You can introduce reforms to the patchwork of federal subsidies, taxes, and other incentives, to encourage reductions in US greenhouse gas emissions.” 

Recognizing that global warming is a worldwide challenge, the board encouraged President Obama to “partner with other world leaders to forge the comprehensive global response that the climate threat demands, based on equity and cooperation across countries. A global solution will only be within reach if the United States commits to doing its fair share, investing at home and globally to reduce climate change by curbing greenhouse gas emissions while building resilience in the face of the climate disruption that is now unavoidable.”


The January 14, 2013 Doomsday Clock decision followed an international symposium held November 29, 2012, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 100 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC. The Science and Security Board of the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, in consultation with the Governing Board and the Board of Sponsors, which includes 18 Nobel Laureates, reviewed the implications of recent events and trends for the future of humanity with input from other experts on nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change, and emerging threats. The Clock hand has been moved 20 times over the past 65 years, since its appearance in 1947 on the first cover of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Click HERE for the Science and Security Board’s announcement and letter to President Obama.

Click HERE for the full program for the November 29th symposium. 


Founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who had helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientistssubsequently created the Doomsday Clock in 1947 using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero), to convey threats to humanity and the planet. The Clock has become a universally recognized indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies in information and life sciences.


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    • clockwork angel

      Germany is retracting all of its gold from the U.S. and France, who is is next?…..I would say it’s (something) is getting closer.

    • Puffnstuff

      If your eyes are open we’re 1 minute to midnight or less right now.

      • Anonymous

        OK Puffnstuff go back to your pot and smoke it.


      What is getting closer is the day when a major nation or nations says no to the USD entirely. It will happen and until then, the Federal Reserve will keep buying US treasuries and mortgage backed bonds with digital blips of USD out of thin air; and the FR will keep funneling money though its agents, including JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, to pump up the stock market; will keep its hands in the Forex market and any other market FR wants to maintain and any market FR wants to keep down, such as precious metals which are manipulated through naked shorting of paper gold and silver contracts.

    • Anonymous

      We may flail and fail but universe has it made in the shade. We pose no real problem and Earth will be returned to the mainstream, after a 200,000 year detour. Everything that happens now will move Earth in a direction of health and peace. There will be powerful natural disasters and many or most of us will die. This cannot be avoided because the bases of all world systems are evil to the core. They must be smashed because a new world, cannot be built on an evil foundation.

      Universe has it covered, as always. We bask in his love, not because we deserve it but because of who he is and his will to nurture and protect us all. We are babies and he ensures we will grow and not be harmed, in our frailty. How do you care for your children? All is well, always was and always will be. Praise God.

    • Anonymous

      Time is a relative concept. Ask 10 people on the street what time it’ll get several answers. We are living in end of days,we don’t need a man made “doomsday clock” to tell us in order for them to put fear and control over our heads.

    • Enviromentalism is ‘an if nothing worse – like peak oil – happens’ absurdity because if it does greenhouse gases fear will become a joke by comparison. Not problems in a century or two but billions dead sooner. Nothing left to even pollute with. Nothing to build nuclear power plants and hydroelectric energy sources with. We need at lest 30 years to even make a start on these.

    • Volcano

      Anonymous it’s not 200,000 years its 2,000 years, and after that there will be no Earth or foundation for it. But I agree all is well,and will be according to His will for those who know him

    • King of Shambhala

      Are you ready to hear this?

      It’ll totally destroy you.

      Illinois Lottery drew 666 the day after Obama’s election.

    • Anonymous

      Nonsense. Just another wet dream of the left.

    • Anonymous

      Here’s a novel idea. How about we do away with all Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Weapons and we all live together in peace.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t you people think now is a good time to get saved just in case something happens soon so you can have everlasting life? I know I will get all kinds of negative comments because so many people are influenced by Satan and may not even realize it. I forgive you and will pray for you regardless.

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