It's 11:55pm on the Doomsday Clock. Do You Know Where Your Children Are?
From 2011-2014, Daniel Honan was the Managing Editor at Big Think. Prior to Big Think, Daniel was Vice President of Production for Plum TV, a niche cable network he helped launch in 2002. The production team he oversaw won over two dozen Emmy awards. Daniel has created numerous shows and documentaries for television, and his film credits include Stealing the Fire, a documentary on the black market for nuclear weapons technology.
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Like any good gimmick, the so-called Doomsday Clock, an invention of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, is meant to grab your attention. No, scientists have not discovered a way to accurately measure our distance in time from the end of the world. What they have done is convened a distinguished group that includes Nobel laureates who size up potentially catastrophic issues facing the world, such as the spread of nuclear weapons. Today they felt they had sufficient reason to issue another warning. The clock was reset to 11:55pm.
In 2007, the group moved the clock up one minute after international leaders failed to take meaningful action on climate change in Copenhagen. Today they sited continued climate change inaction, as well as concerns that countries such as Iran will acquire nuclear capabilities.
But don't go and give away all your earthly possessions just yet. We can still turn back time. That's what happened in 1991, for instance, when the the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which bought the human race 17 precious minutes.
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