Are we Closer to the end ?
The Doomsday Clock has been moved closer to midnight, from two and a half minutes to two minutes. That was before the Syrian bombing and the escalation in the war rhetoric by the opposing nations of NATO and Russia and its Middle East allies.
Are we closer than ever of a possible nuclear confrontation? Will the likes of Putin, Trump, Theresa May and Macron bring us closer to what could be the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it?
We hope not. There is no problem that cannot be resolved by other means rather than weapons of mass destruction.
The Doomsday Clock is a symbol which represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe. Maintained since 1947 by the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board, the clock represents an analogy for the threat of global nuclear war.
The clock was originally conceived by a group of atomic scientists who had been involved with the Manhattan Project, the scheme responsible for the first nuclear weapons. The scientists regularly produced a bulletin detailing progress and updates in nuclear weaponry and the clock was first designed as an illustration for the cover of the first edition.
Since then, the clock has moved backwards and forwards from seventeen minutes to midnight in 1991 to two minutes to midnight in 1953, but never been this close to mid night.