3 Minutes to Midnight


Perhaps it really takes an arbitrary metaphorical clock to awaken people to the harsh reality of climate change. Although climate change is not the only issue which the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists cited among their reasons for pushing their hands forward a full 2 minutes to 11:57, it is certainly one of the most prominent issues. Many speculate that Earth’s dependency on fossil fuels and the depletion of these resources could cause global tensions and perhaps even desperation enough to invoke mass warfare. Although there were apparently be a large summit in Paris in 2020 to discuss these issues, many think that this is too far away to slow or resolve our voracious appetite for fuel. In some ways, this article sounds like a unique basis for a cli-fi novel. Not only are there obviously environmental impacts stemming from climate change, but the risk of impending disaster could heighten political and social tensions globally.

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