January 15, 2013

End Near? Doomsday Clock Holds at 5 'Til Midnight

The hands of the infamous "Doomsday Clock" will remain firmly in their place at five minutes to midnight — symbolizing humans' destruction — for the year 2013, scientists announced on Jan. 14.

Keeping their outlook for the future of humanity quite dim, the group of scientists also wrote an open letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to partner with other global leaders to act on climate change.

The clock is a symbol of the threat of humanity's imminent destruction from nuclear or biological weapons, climate change and other human-caused disasters. In making their deliberations about how to update the clock's time this year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists considered the current state of nuclear arsenals around the globe, the slow and costly recovery from events like Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and extreme weather events that fit in with a pattern of global warming.
"2012 was the hottest year on record in the contiguous United States, marked by devastating drought and brutal storms," the letter says. "These extreme events are exactly what climate models predict for an atmosphere laden with greenhouse gases."
At the same time, the letter did give a nod to some progress, applauding the president for taking steps to "nudge the country along a more rational energy path," with his support for wind and other renewable energy sources.

"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," Robert Socolow, chair of the board that determines the clock's position, said in a statement. "This is the year for U.S. leadership in slowing climate change and setting a path toward a world without nuclear weapons."

The Doomsday Clock came into being in 1947 as a way for atomic scientists to warn the world of the dangers of nuclear weapons. That year, the Bulletin set the time at seven minutes to midnight, with midnight symbolizing humanity's destruction. By 1949, it was at three minutes to midnight as the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union deteriorated. In 1953, after the first test of the hydrogen bomb, the doomsday clock ticked to two minutes until midnight.

The Bulletin was at its most optimistic in 1991, when the Cold War thawed and the United States and Russia began cutting their arsenals. That year, the clock was set at 17 minutes to midnight.
From then until 2010, however, it was a gradual creep back toward destruction, as hopes of total nuclear disarmament vanished and threats of nuclear terrorism and climate change reared their heads. In 2010, the Bulletin found some hope in arms reduction treaties and international climate talks and bumped the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock back to six minutes from midnight from its previous post at five to midnight. But by 2012, the clock was pushed forward another minute.


  1. WHO the HELL made up this Doomsday crap!?

    Oh, the Elite / mass media, I forgot!

    1. Yep. Gotta be able to rev up the fear factor in a moment's notice. Their solution? Turn to the elite/govt that caused the problem.

  2. These so-called "scientists" haven't gotten the memo that global warming is a hoax - their request of obummer to "act on climate change (aka global warming)" just gives the guy more ammo to unleash burdensome unpayable taxes on American citizens. Thanks, guys. Doomsday for sure

  3. Only God knows--whoever you deem Him to be.

  4. Zionist propaganda instilling fear into the masses. Death to MSM journalism.

  5. If we were really concerned about conserving energy, wouldn't we turn most of the lights off at night? Have you seen a photo of the earth at night?

  6. Too late, doomsday was in November.

  7. This isn't science. It's politics.

  8. The sun is relevent to our climate & oceans Global leaders playing god are cloaking the sun with chemtrails on a MASSIVE level which stops climate from functioning properly & also using HAARP to disturb natural weather patterns & causing severe weather outbreaks worldwide.It is the energy from the sun that feeds the wind & ocean currents which equalize temperatures around the world They are to blame!This constant disturbance of the natural flow is causing unnatural weather patterns, earthquakes, warming the oceans,massive killing of fish ,disrupting bird migration & killing them, not to mention killing vegetation & chemicals in the spraying tested to be dangerous to humansThey are all blinded by their greed for world powerThis constant battery to Earth will cause a catacalysmic event soon . Its prophecied in the holy bible and by several saints

  9. It's been saying five minutes for the past 50 years!

  10. What a joke..when Obama was re-elected the hand moved back?How about moving that hand to about 2 minutes to midinte now that he was supposedly re-elected.Global warming is as real as bigfoot..and pots of gold at the end of rainbows