Ichabod is itchy

January 22, 2007

The end is nigh…

Filed under: science — by ichabodisitchy @ 8:18 pm

Having been away at a conference for most of the latter half of last week, I was catching up on news today when I saw that the keepers of the ‘doomsday clock’ have moved the minute hand 2 minutes closer to midnight to reflect the growing threat of nuclear proliferation and climate change. The clock now stands at 5 minutes to midnight– the closest we have been to the end of the world since the Cold War in the 1980s.

It’s good, I think, to acknowledge that climate change is a cause for real concern. As an environmental scientist, I would never give the so-called climate ‘skeptics’ the time of day and have always thought that anyone who had had a good grounding in science would be able to appreciate climate change. But I was shocked the other day when talking to a friend of ours– not a ‘scientist’ per se, but very well educated nonetheless– who is thoroughly convinced that ‘climate change’ is just a ruse invented by evil politicians to try and stop us from using our cars. I simply didn’t know what to say.

I do not, in this post, mean to start an enormous debate on whether climate change is happening or not– but just want to reflect that I’m glad its effects are being accounted for in the doomsday clock.

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