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Doomsday Clock Moves Forward Two Minutes To Midnight

Published on January 28, 2017 by   ·   No Comments

Doomsday clock moves forward to 2 minutes to midnight

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Scientists moved the ‘Doomsday Clock’ 30 seconds closer to midnight on Thursday, meaning humanity is the closest it has ever been to armageddon. 

Comments made by President Trump on nuclear weapons and climate change sparked scientists and scholars from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to move the hands of the clock to two and a half minutes to midnight.

The clock was last changed in 2015, from five to three minutes before midnight.

CNN.com reports:

It marks the first time since 1953 — after hydrogen bomb tests in the US and then Soviet Union — that humanity has been this close to global disaster.

The group cited US President Donald Trump’s “disturbing comments” about the use of nuclear weapons and views on climate change among other factors, including cyberthreats and the rise in nationalism, that have contributed to the darkened forecast.

“The board’s decision to move the clock less than a full minute reflects a simple reality: As this statement is issued, Donald Trump has been the US president only a matter of days,” the organization said in a statement.

The emblematic clock had remained at three minutes to midnight for the past two years.

In a statement released earlier this week, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said it was taking a number of recent developments into account.

“A rise in strident nationalism worldwide, President Donald Trump’s comments on nuclear arms and climate issues, a darkening global security landscape that is colored by increasingly sophisticated technology, and a growing disregard for scientific expertise,” were among them, it said.

A team of Nobel laureates at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has been compiling research and analysis to set the “Doomsday Clock” since 1945.

The independent nonprofit group uses data to assess global threats linked to treaty negotiations, geopolitical tensions and developments in the world of technology.

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