Doomsday Clock Stalls at Two Minutes to Midnight ― But Global Threats Increase

Emiliano Rodríguez Mega | Nature News
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Heightened tensions between nuclear powers and inaction on climate change are the “new abnormal”, says the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

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"The world is as close to annihilation as it was last year, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The hands of the organization’s Doomsday Clock will stay at two minutes to midnight, it said, warning that the lack of progress on a host of global threats is a 'new abnormal'", writes Emiliano Rodríguez Mega for Nature News. Reasons for this include, "stalled progress on addressing nuclear threats, lack of action on climate change and a worsening cybersecurity and cyberwarfare situation."

Susan Solomon, the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), is one of the scientists and scholars who contribute to Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Efforts to combat the effects of climate change have also worsened over the past year. Nations aren’t reducing their greenhouse-gas emissions fast enough to meet their goals under the Paris climate agreement. And in some cases, including in the United States and certain European Union countries, emissions increased in 2018 over previous years.

“Our failure to stop the rise of our own emissions is simply an act of gross negligence,” said Susan Solomon, an atmospheric chemist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. “The new abnormal climate that we already have is extremely dangerous, and we move into a path that will make our future much more dangerous still.”

Story Image: Climate Change Effects in Island Nation of Kiribati: A view of mangrove shoots planted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and others on Tarawa, an atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Mr. Ban made an official visit to the area to discuss local people’s concerns about the effects of climate change on this low-lying land. Photo ID 483375. 05/09/2011. Tarawa, Kiribati. (Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)