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
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.
Most poor nations bear little responsibility for climate change but many of them stand to suffer greatly from it. Some rich nations balk at reducing carbon emissions unless others do likewise. How should responsibility for addressing climate change be apportioned?
The author writes that building a low-carbon world is feasible, but it requires most of all a strong commitment from the biggest emitters. Meanwhile, countries of all descriptions must cooperate in areas like carbon trading and energy efficiency.
The author writes that a mechanism for addressing climate change equitably already exists: the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. But rich countries are not fulfilling their part of the "common but differentiated responsibilities" discussed in the convention.