Hope your bucket lists are nearing completion. We are now three minutes away from our doom according to the keepers of the Doomsday Clock. That job is like the dream job of cable news. What, you mean we get to fearmonger constantly? Sign me up.
So, why is the doomsday clock being moved? It is both the threat of nuclear war and climate change. Arms reduction treaties have ground to a halt, and Russia and the United States are rushing to modernize their nuclear forces.
“Today, unchecked climate change and a nuclear arms race resulting from modernization of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity,” Bulletin Executive Director Kennette Benedict told a news conference.
The dangers of bioterrorism and biotechnology have also been added to the clock’s calculation. I don’t think it’s as much bioterrorism as the people not vaccinating their kids. Looking at you Disneyland.
Climate change is also a major component of the clock. Granted, the slow rise of the sea does not have the emotional punch of a few dozen mushroom clouds, but hey, these people need a job.
The chief concern among the researchers is the lackluster response to climate change. Getting countries to agree on a statement out of a climate conference is a chore, much less getting various countries onboard with concrete steps.
“These failures of leadership endanger every person on Earth,” Benedict said.
Besides, gas is under $2. That’s the American version of carte blanche to buy an Escalade.
To me, these press conferences should have a little more pizazz. Get Ridley Scott to do some CG for you explaining what the world will look like. A bunch of old guys moving a clock hand is boring for my generation.
All this does is make me wish CBS would bring back Jericho. At least we have CW’s The 100 and the upcoming Mad Max reboot (or money grab) Regardless, it looks awesome.