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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Doomsday Clock

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Doomsday Clock has been moved again on this Thursday at 10 am EST at the New York Academy of Sciences. The clock was created in 1947 and has been moved 19 times till now. It is placed at the Bulletin of Atomic Science offices in Chicago, Illinois. It happened for the first time in the history of internet that a website TurnBacktheClock, has been launched to allow everybody from all around the world to get involved and inspire leaders to take action, quoted by Kennette Benedict, the executive director and publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Last time it was moved in January 2007 when the minute hand was adjusted and forwarded by two minutes from 7 to 6 before midnight.

“The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists”, is a magazine that’s always carried a close or narrow attention towards the dangers and warned the world about it. On January 2007, when the Doomsday clock was moved, according to the same magazine, “The change was meant to reflect two major sources of potential catastrophe that could bring us closer to **Doomsday**”. For 2010, DOOMSDAY CLOCK ANNOUNCEMENT is done by New York Academy of Sciences. “The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists” , this time, adjusted the clock by 1 Minute from 5 to 6 Minutes Before Midnight and according to them, “Negotiations on nuclear disarmament, Expansion of civilian nuclear power, Possibilities of nuclear terrorism and last one is climate change, came out to be the factors that was influencing them for changing of Doomsday Clock.”

According to “The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists” website, the team left a message for everyone. They said, “For the first time in decades we have an opportunity to free ourselves from the terror of nuclear weapons and to slow drastic changes to our shared global environment. We encourage scientists to continue their engagement with these issues and make their analysis widely known. We urge leaders to fulfill the promise of a nuclear weapon-free world and to act now to slow the pace of climate change. Finally, we call on citizens everywhere to raise their voices and compel public action for a safer world now and for future generations.The Clock is ticking.”

Lawrence M. Krauss, co-chair of the Bulletin's Board of Sponsors and a professor at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration and its physics department, said, ”We are poised to bend the arc of human history. What that means is that there's great potential for it to move in either direction depending on what happens, adding that while there's been a "sea change" in attitude and the expansion of possibilities, there still hasn't been a lot of action. That's hopeful enough to move it but just by a little bit".

"By shifting the hand back from midnight by only one additional minute, we emphasize how much needs to be accomplished, while at the same time recognizing signs of collaboration among the United States, Russia, the European Union, India, China, Brazil, and others on nuclear security and on climate stabilization," said the official announcement.

The citizens had been given their chances for being a part of it that’s a thing of appreciating. The whole credit goes to Kennette Benedict and The Team who are making so much effort and even launched a website TurnBacktheClock for us providing appropriate info including announcements about the whole event. We are proud of being a part of this. Hats off to the whole team.

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