Doomsday Wall Clock

The year 2015 starts with a lot of dramatic events in the world. A series of events that led to display the clock of the apocalypse at 23:57, is 3 minutes before the end of the world.

Do you know what is the clock of the apocalypse (or the Doomsday Clock)?The end of the world or the apocalypse clock is a conceptual clock created cold (1947) at the beginning of the war. It announces a global cataclysm which will conclude by the end of the world when the hands approach more in addition to midnight.

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The mechanism of the clock rests on many factors like:

  • nuclear threats: possibility of global nuclear war
  • Climate: climate warming
  • the problems of hydrocarbons: oil peak oil, control of resources
  • the new technology: the advance of nanotechnology and biotechnology

The origin of this infernal clock goes back to the Manhattan Project (code name of the research project for the first atomic bomb), it is maintained since 1947 by the members of the Board of Directors of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Here at gradchem.com you can get more different models and styles.

Doomsday Wall Clock 2

Although the time shown for the year 2015 is 23:57, this time is not the worst time we experienced. In 1953, the United States and the Soviet Union made tests of thermonuclear devices, allowing to set the clock at 23:58.

Of course, the clock can be remounted. In 1991, the hour had come up at 23:43. In fact, the apocalypse clock is there to alert officials of States to become aware of the danger.

Doomsday Wall Clock 3

Below you will find a table of the various changes to the clock of the apocalypse:

Year Hour Reasons
1947 23 h 53 Creation of the clock
1949 23 h 57 The Soviet Union made its first nuclear tests
1953 11:58 The United States and the Soviet Union test thermonuclear devices within nine months of each
1963 23 h 48 The USSR and the United States sign the partial nuclear test ban treaty, limiting the tests of nuclear devices in the atmosphere
1968 23 h 53 The France and China are now in the possession of the nuclear weapon (respectively in 1960 and 1964), conflicts tearing apart the Middle East, South Asia, and in Vietnam
1972 23 h 48 The Soviet Union and United States sign the ABM (ballistic missile) Treaty and the negotiations on the limitation of strategic arms (SALT I)
1984 23 h 57 Further acceleration of the arms race following the policy of Ronald Reagan
1991 23 h 43 The Soviet Union and the United States sign the strategic arms reduction Treaty and dissolution of the Soviet Union. The clock is then away from midnight since its inception
2007 11:55 pm North Korean nuclear test of October 9, 2006, ambitions professed of the Iran, the insistence of the United States to discuss the strategic utility of nuclear weapons, the failure of the attempts to secure stockpiles of weapons and the presence of 26 000 nuclear warheads to the United States and Russia lead the clock at 23:55. Experts to assess the danger to civilization add climate change to the major threats to the side of the risk of global nuclear conflict
2010 23 h 54 Global cooperation to reduce nuclear arsenal and its suggestion to limit the gas emissions of greenhouse
2012 11:55 pm Clear and imminent dangers of nuclear proliferation and global warming, as well as by the need to find safe and sustainable sources of energy
2015 23 h 57 Uncontrolled global warming and nuclear arms race, resulting from the modernization of the huge arsenals, are extraordinary and undeniable threats to the survival of humanity. Despite slightly positive developments in the field of climate change, current efforts are quite inadequate to prevent catastrophic warming of the Earth. The year 2014 being the warmest since 1880. Meanwhile, the United States and the Russia have launched extensive programmes to modernize their nuclear arsenals and thus undermining the existing treaties on nuclear weapons

 

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