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Global Warming vs. Terrorism

Global Warming vs. Terrorism

The world is edging closer to nuclear or environmental apocalypse, a group of prominent scientists warned as it pushed the hand of its symbolic Doomsday Clock closer to midnight.

The clock, which was set two minutes forward to 11:55, represents the likelihood of a global cataclysm. Its ticks have given the clock’s keepers a chance to speak out on the dangers they see threatening Earth.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which sets the clock, was founded in 1945 as a news-letter distributed among nuclear physicists concerned about nuclear war, and midnight originally symbolized a widespread nuclear conflict. The bulletin has grown into an organization focused more generally on manmade threats to civilization.

“The dangers posed by climate change are nearly as dire as those posed by nuclear weapons,” said Kennette Benedict, director of the bulletin.

Stephen Hawking, the renowned astrophysicist, said global warming has eclipsed other threats to the planet. “Terror only kills hundreds or thousands,” he said. “Global warming could kill millions. We should have a war on global warming rather than . . . terror.”

This is the first time the group explicitly addressed climate change dangers.

London Free Press, through our dear miserychick.

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ReBlogged by christian etter on Jan 23, 2007 at 05:16 PM Posted by christian etter on Jan 23, 2007 at 05:16 PM

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