Doomsday Clock moves closest to midnight in 73-year history
Posted: 2:28 PM, Jan 23, 2020
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists unveil the 2018 “Doomsday Clock” January 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Citing growing nuclear risks and unchecked climate dangers, the group moved the clock to two minutes before midnight, 30 seconds closer and the closest it has been since the height of the Cold War in 1953. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON — The keepers of the Doomsday Clock have moved the symbolic countdown to global disaster to the closest point to midnight in its 73-year history.
They're citing “existential danger” from nuclear war and climate change.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says it's moved the clock from two minutes to midnight to 100 seconds to midnight. That's a 20-second advance.
The decision was made by the group's science and security board, consulting with sponsors including 13 Nobel laureates.
The organization was founded after the creation of the atomic bomb in World War II. It focuses on the greatest threats to human survival.
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