The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Chuenchom Sangarasri GreacenAdnan A. HezriAshish Kothari
Economic development requires energy. But as developing nations chart their energy courses, they increasingly must consider the environmental expectations of their populations—a task made harder because poor and middle-class people often view environmental issues quite differently.
The author argues that the chances of implementing progressive environmental visions are constrained by political realities, but that hope for ecological sustainability lies in informed, engaged citizens.
Lawrence M. KraussLynn EdenRobert RosnerAlexander GlaserEdward "Rocky" Kolb Leon LedermanRamamurti RajaramanM. V. RamanaElizabeth J. WilsonRichard C. J. SomervilleSivan KarthaJennifer SimsRod Ewing
A careful review of threats leads the Bulletin's Science and Security Board to conclude that the risk of civilization-threatening technological catastrophe remains high, and that the hands of the Doomsday Clock should therefore remain at five minutes to midnight.
The author argues that fossil fuels have become so entwined with modern life that many people have difficulty conceiving of life without it. Solving climate change therefore requires thinking afresh about basic attitudes toward life.
The author argues that individual consumption can’t be reduced enough to significantly mitigate climate change except through public policy, which itself can only be controlled if environmentalists begin to win political power.