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Doomsday Clock stays at 3 minutes to midnight

By T.K. Randall
January 27, 2016 · Comment icon 13 comments

The world remains on the brink of annihilation. Image Credit: US Department of Energy
The clock's perilous position continues to reflect the existential risks faced by the world today.
The symbolic clock, which has been maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1947, is a visual representation of how close the world is to disaster based on political and technological threats such as nuclear annihilation and climate change.

This time last year the time on the clock was altered to show three minutes to midnight - the most precarious position it had been in since the risk of a nuclear conflict during the Cold War.
Unfortunately little has improved in the last twelve months and scientists have revealed that the clock's position will be staying where it for a second year running.

Some of the global threats cited in the decision include terrorism, climate change, cyber threats, North Korea's nuclear weapon status and tensions between the US and Russia.

"The fight against climate change has barely begun, and it is unclear if the nations of the world are ready to make the many hard choices that will be necessary to stabilize the climate and avert possible environmental disasters," said cosmologist Lawrence Krauss.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by RedOctober 8 years ago
The closer we get to Trump being president of the U.S.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Sakari 8 years ago
On the bright side, at least Iron Maiden don't have to feel compelled to change their lyrics. 1 minute out in't too bad. My first thought was that song when I read this.
Comment icon #6 Posted by jerhiko 8 years ago
My first thought was Maiden as well.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Doug1029 8 years ago
The closer we get to Trump being president of the U.S. He didn't do so well in Iowa. He's been kind of quiet since last night. Maybe the people who support him in poles don't vote. Doug
Comment icon #8 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 8 years ago
The closer we get to Trump being president of the U.S.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Wickian 8 years ago
I really hope this whole "Doomsday Clock" nonsense doesn't have a popular comeback. It was stupid when it was invented, and it's stupid now.
Comment icon #10 Posted by XenoFish 8 years ago
I hate to inform everyone that there has been a miscalculation. We set the clock wrong, it's actually 5 minutes slow. Yeah, so......sorry eh? Doomsday came and went about 2 minutes ago.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Glockornothing 8 years ago
The closer we get to Trump being president of the U.S. Or his evil sister Killary.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Doug1029 8 years ago
Or his evil sister Killary. Lets hope neither of them get it. Doug
Comment icon #13 Posted by spud the mackem 8 years ago
Its midnight and Hills said , I have to send an E-mail Don said , what the hell was that and Obama said, that was a loud bang, I'll give Putin a call

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