Thursday, January 26 2017 19:50 EET
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Doomsday Clock getting closer to midnight: threats of nuclear weapons and climate change arising
Doomsday Clock, midnight, threats,  nuclear weapons, climate change, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

On Thursday, the group of scientists who orchestrate the Doomsday Clock moved its minute hand to two and a half minutes before the final hour, amid increasing worries over nuclear weapons and climate change.

Doomsday Clock is a symbolic instrument informing the public when the earth is facing imminent disaster.

Each year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a nonprofit that sets the clock, decides whether the events of the previous year pushed humanity closer or further from destruction.  The clock is now two-and-a-half minutes away from midnight.

It was the closest the clock had been to midnight since 1953, the year after the United States and the Soviet Union conducted competing tests of the hydrogen bomb.

Though scientists decide on the clock’s position, it is not a scientific instrument, or even a physical one. The movement of its symbolic hands is decided upon by the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.