Back in 1947, the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago decided to present the general public with a so-called Doomsday Clock.
This clock has one purpose, i.e. that of letting people know how much time they have at their disposal until the human race comes face to face with a global disaster.
To cut a long story short, once this Doomsday Clock hits midnight, there is little left to be done in terms of safeguarding the planet from a catastrophic event which stands to turn our world topsy-turvy.
reports that, courtesy of climate change and global warming, this Doomsday Clock now shows five minutes to midnight.
In other words, humans must either take immediate measures against these ongoing phenomena, or begin stashing crackers and getting ready for their imminent destruction.
Commenting on their decision to make the Doomsday Clock show five minutes to midnight, this team of specialists in charge of overseeing the future of our planet argued as follows:
“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.”
However, they believe that it is well within human society's reach to deal with these threats accordingly.
“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,” the specialists went on to add.
Interestingly enough, this is the first time when the Doomsday Clock is made to show another hour as a result of changes having to do with global weather conditions.
Thus, up until now, it only got closer or farther away from midnight depending on which nuclear weapons were being developed and tested, and on what wars were being carried out.