Global Warming Worse Than Nuclear Weapons? Doomsday Clock Time Set Three Minutes To Midnight

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Could World War 3 fears related to 2015 predictions for nuclear war make the Doomsday Clock tick closer to the end of the world? It’s possible that this Friday, the world will be four minutes to midnight, although there’s multiple competing theories for why the Doomsday Clock may change this year.

In a related report by the Inquisitr, the symbolic Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 to illustrate how close the world is edging to a global catastrophe. Reasons for adjusting the clock have changed over the years, but nuclear war has always been the largest fear. Although the Doomsday Clock was set at five minutes to midnight for both 2013 and 2014, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) claimed in 2015 that they have a “major announcement,” which makes 2015 unusual already.

Predictions for 2015 already include multiple reasons the Doomsday Clock could point to the end of the world. Artificial virus technology created for medical purposes could be used to create a viral bio-weapon that rivals the horrors of fiction. The only bright spot in the news is that NASA considers a 2015 asteroid impact on Earth to be of concern, but still not likely.

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Unfortunately, in the long run, financial experts really do believe World War 3 is inevitable due to economic reasons, and it’s possible Vladimir Putin’s claim over Arctic oil could be a trigger point, since it’s believed worldwide oil reserves could run out by 2060. Although one would hope World War 3 does not automatically entail nuclear war, Russian nuclear weapons now surpass the number of U.S. warheads, and recently, a former Russian general warned of Russia’s nuclear plans for the world. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev even warned of a Russian nuclear war over Ukraine even as Japan is under siege by Russian and Chinese jets at levels not seen even during the first Cold War. It’s also claimed that Russian submarines may be spying on Sweden and England, although Russia officially denies these reports.

These type of fears also spilled over into social media in recent days, with hackers taking over the Twitter account of the New York Post and United Press International. People were justifiably scared for a bit, when tweets claimed that Pope Francis announced the beginning of World War 3. One tweet even claimed that U.S. Navy was engaged in active combat against the Chinese Navy in the South China sea. A nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington, was even declared as damaged.

Are these fears related to World War 3 enough to move the Doomsday Clock a minute higher? The last time the clock read four minutes to midnight, former President Jimmy Carter pulled the United States from the Olympic games in Moscow after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The good news is that the Ukraine peace talks in Minsk are still proceeding, so it’s possible the BAS may have something else in mind besides World War 3.

Instead of nuclear war, the 2015 predictions made by the Doomsday Clock may choose to focus on the politics of climate change. The November 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report claimed accelerating global warming in addition to citing a lack of major international intervention. In addition, the U.S. Senate recently passed legislation in support of climate change science, and there was also the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Lima, Peru.

Do you think recent world events merit the Doomsday Clock changing to four minutes to midnight? What is the worst threat: climate change or talk of World War 3?

[Update] The BAS officially announced that the Doomsday Clock is now two minutes closer to midnight and gave their reasons for the change.

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Global Warming Worse Than Nuclear Weapons? Doomsday Clock Time Set Three Minutes To Midnight

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When the Doomsday Clock time is set to three minutes to midnight in 2015, the prevailing message seems to be that the politics of climate change is worse of a threat than the possibility of nuclear weapons being used during World War III.

In a related report by the Inquisitr, one of our predictions for 2015 claims it’s possible Vladimir Putin’s claim over Arctic oil could be a trigger for disaster. The reason a coming confrontation is predicted is due to the large amount of oil found near the North Pole, with some estimates putting it close to a third of all oil left on the Earth.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS) has run the Doomsday Clock since 1947 as a visual reminder of pending global catastrophe. The board set the time at 17 minutes to midnight when the first Cold War ended, but in recent years has held steady at five minutes to midnight. In 2012, the clock ticked closer to the end of the world because the board was concerned about the continued proliferation of nuclear weapons, and was also concerned about the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and the outbreak of H5N1 flu.

In this case, the leading reason for the 2015 Doomsday Clock time being adjusted so drastically is due to global warming fears.

“In 2015, unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity. World leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth.”

The last time the Doomsday Clock was at three minutes to midnight was 1983, when the Cold War was the greatest portent of the end of the world. The worst setting for the clock was when the Soviet Union began working on a hydrogen bomb in 1953. But when the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists released a statement ahead of the announcement they claimed that “Climate change and increasing concerns about nuclear weapons are the main factors influencing the decision about any additional adjustment that may be made to the Doomsday Clock.”

“Human influence on the climate system is clear,” said Richard Somerville during this morning’s briefing, “Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer than any preceding on record.”

Claims of a climate change hoax will likely dog this announcement considering the political nature of global warming predictions. John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, once called climate change the “greatest scam in history.” Senator Jim Inhofe once wrote a book about how climate change is the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated.”

But the U.S. Senate recently voted 98 to 1 that climate change is not a hoax. Inhofe even voted in favor of it, although he clarified his position as follows.

“Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will,” Inhofe said in regards to anthropogenic global warming. “The hoax is that there are some people who are so arrogant to think they are so powerful they can change climate. Man can’t change climate.”

Inhofe also says the real climate change hoax is President Obama’s plan to spend $479 billion in hope of affecting the global temperature by a small amount.

“While he markets these regulations as a means to save us from global warming, a recent NERA study predicts the President’s climate agenda would only reduce CO2 concentration by less than one-half of a percent; it would only reduce the average global temperature by less than 2/100th of a degree; and it would only reduce the rise of sea levels by 1/100th of an inch – or the thickness of three sheets of paper.”

Critics of the anthropogenic climate change position have called the IPCC reports wrong in the past and how computer models failed to predict the “pause” in increased global warming. The data being reported can be quite confusing depending on how it’s charted. For example, NOAA reports that 2014 was the warmest year on record since 1880, but also shows a small cooling trend during the last 18 years in the United States.

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Climate change computer models also do not agree with each other 100 percent. For example, while most of the models show increasing temperatures far into the future, others predict that global temperatures may eventually plateau or even reverse into a cooling trend over time.

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The Wall Street Journal even ran an article asserting that NASA is propping up a myth when it declares that “ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities.”

“Yet the assertion that 97 percent of scientists believe that climate change is a man-made, urgent problem is a fiction. The so-called consensus comes from a handful of surveys and abstract-counting exercises that have been contradicted by more reliable research.”

What is the worst threat: climate change or the recent fears over World War III sparking a nuclear war?

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