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  •  It's 11:55 according to Atomic Scientists (4+ / 0-)

    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist have been keeping a Doomsday clock since 1947. In  2012 they moved the clock up. It is the highest it has been since 1984 and ranks fifth for all time highs.

    IT IS 5 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
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    2012: "The challenges to rid the world of nuclear weapons, harness nuclear power, and meet the nearly inexorable climate disruptions from global warming are complex and interconnected. In the face of such complex problems, it is difficult to see where the capacity lies to address these challenges." Political processes seem wholly inadequate; the potential for nuclear weapons use in regional conflicts in the Middle East, Northeast Asia, and South Asia are alarming; safer nuclear reactor designs need to be developed and built, and more stringent oversight, training, and attention are needed to prevent future disasters; the pace of technological solutions to address climate change may not be adequate to meet the hardships that large-scale disruption of the climate portends.

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:46:49 AM PDT

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