In his book, Lord Rees speaks of the Doomsday Clock
The US Nuclear Posture Review reflects greater reliance on nukes in violation of the NPT, bringing humankind closer to annihilation; no wonder the Doomsday Clock
is at its most dangerous since 1953.
Originally intended to warn of the threat of nuclear Armageddon, the Doomsday Clock
also takes into account the likelihood of other emerging threats such as climate change and advances in biotechnology and artificial intelligence.
Days after Donald Trump took the oath of office as the President of the United States, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reset the Doomsday Clock
to two minutes to midnight, in part because of destabilising comments and threats from America's new commander-in-chief.
A board of scientists and nuclear experts meets regularly to determine what time it is on the Doomsday Clock
As of Thursday the Doomsday Clock
is now 2 minute to midnight.
Meanwhile, the doomsday clock
is ticking closer to catastrophe.
The only time the doomsday clock
has been closer to midnight was in 1953 after the United States and the Soviet Union began testing hydrogen bombs and the arms race surged.
With US President Donald Trump's belligerent and unorthodox responses to North Korea's testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, the Doomsday Clock
was set at two-and-a-half minutes to midnight early this year - the second closest time to universal catastrophe since 1952 when the United States and the Soviet Union exploded their first thermonuclear devices.
The Doomsday clock
is ticking even faster towards World War Three.
26 the year's progression of the Doomsday Clock
, a symbol used to convey the severity of threats to human life and the planet.
Designed as a risk alertness tool over the possibility of nuclear war in the post-WWII environment that pulled the US against the USSR, the Doomsday Clock
signals the nearness of global extinction.