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Letter to the editor: Make your peace as Doomsday Clock ticks

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 12:01 am

The Doomsday Clock that started in 1947 by scientists interested in world peace and based on various threats to civilization, from nuclear war to climate change, may have to sound the alarm at this winter’s annual review by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

Four great menaces to humanity have galloped on to the world stage at the same moment.

Nuclear war risk alone could bump the minute hand to the all-time record of two minutes before midnight set in 1953 with the Soviet Union demonstrating proliferation of this ugly technology for all the world to see.

Now, the U.S. has approved retrofitting older B61 lower-yield nuclear weapons with high precision guidance systems, while the Russians are ready with their “de-escalation” use of tactical nuclear warheads.

Mix in U.S. war-mongering neo-cons, the ones who twist the truth to project military power for profit, with neo-fascist Ukrainians to understand the growing risk of war with Russia over Ukraine, sacred ground defended by Russians for a thousand years.

On top of this political madness, scientists are ringing the alarm on climate destruction, drug resistant bacteria and an aging, poorly protected nuclear energy industry.

These are all world-wide problems ready to unfold in serial linked catastrophes due to miscalculation, terrorism or natural disaster.

Make your peace; you don’t have to be an atomic scientist to see that we need concerted action by citizens across the globe for real solutions.

Howard Traxmor