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At the dawn of 2015, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that they had moved up their famed “Doomsday Clock” to 3 minutes to midnight, or the end of human civilization.
Their logic? "Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity, and world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth.” Despite some modestly positive developments in the climate change arena, current efforts are entirely insufficient to prevent a catastrophic warming of Earth. Meanwhile, the United States and Russia have embarked on massive programs to modernize their nuclear triads—thereby undermining existing nuclear weapons treaties. "The clock ticks now at just three minutes to midnight because international leaders are failing to perform their most important duty—ensuring and preserving the health and vitality of human civilization." - http://thebulletin.org/clock/2015
WPSR members continue to be active spokespersons for a nuclear weapons-free world.
“Guest opinion: Nuclear weapons don’t reflect who we are as Americans,” Bruce Amundson, The Spokesman-Review, February 8, 2015.
Dr. Bruce Amundson reminds us that while over 150 nations support a nuclear weapons-free world, the U.S. continues to plan a modernization of its nuclear weapons.
“The Doomsday Clock and me: 3 Minutes to Midnight, and the End of the World,” Judith Eve Lipton, Pura Vida / Psychology Today, February 7, 2015.
Dr. Judith Lipton explains why the latest update of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock reignited her activism against nuclear weapons.
“Stubborn like a musk ox -- why Homo sapiens can't think straight about nuclear weapons,” David P. Barash, LA Times, January 24, 2015.
Dr. David Barash ponders the psychology of ignoring the looming threat of nuclear weapons.
“An open letter to Congressman Larsen,” David Hall, The Islands’ Weekly, September 26, 2014.
Dr. David Hall asks Congressman Rick Larsen, “Mr. Larsen, please vote to stop or at least seriously reduce the rebuild of the Trident first-strike system that sits in the heart of our beautiful Hood Canal.”