Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Interesting - be afraid, very afraid...

This is an interesting bit of news which I find significant – indirectly it affects birds, oh, and us.

There is something called ‘The Doomsday Clock,’ a symbolic time-piece that was (is) used to monitor global security issues. Historically it visualised the perilous state of the world when nuclear technology was used to ‘sabre-rattle’ political intentions in a game of one-upmanship. The closer the minute hand got to midnight the more likely our demise via a nuclear holocaust. (The closest it got was two minutes in 1953 after the USA and USSR, as was, both detonated hydrogen bombs).

Anyway, to the point of this post.

The clock has been advanced by two-minutes (now standing at 5 minutes to midnight) because of our headlong race into a period of unprecendented collective impacts on the biosphere, climate and oceans due to our unrestrained use of carbon-emitting technologies. This is the first time, following periodic reviews of issues of global security and challenges to humanity, that climate change has been included as an explicit threat to the future of civilisation. The clock’s ticking…


Blogger Menzie said...

Ah, nothing like a bit of news to cheer you up! Talking of which, some of my lectures this semester are in the Duncan Building. Tehe.

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