Doomsday Clock moved to just two minutes to 'apocalypse'

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists which has been moving the hands of the Doomsday clock back and forth for 70 years has just pushed them forward by 30 seconds

The minute hand on the Doomsday Clock is a metaphor for how vulnerable to catastrophe the world is deemed to be.

The Doomsday Clock is a metaphor meant to demonstrate how close the world is to Armageddon, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - a group of experts in nuclear weapons, biological weapons and climate change.

In today's statement about its Doomsday Clock, the BAS also implicated US exactions as now exacerbating the problems that began to unfold in 2017, making an already-dire situation even worse.

For the first time, the Doomsday Clock was influenced by statements from an incoming US President, Donald Trump, regarding the proliferation and the prospect of actually using nuclear weapons.

In 1991, the hands moved the farthest they've ever been: 17 minutes to midnight. The year saw notable impacts from a changing climate, with devastating storms, more heatwaves, and wildfires in the USA and Australia that were made worse by extreme drought, Sivan Kartha, a senior scientist at Stockholm Environmental Institute, told reporters. The biggest jump forward since that time was an advance from 14 minutes to nine minutes in 1998, based on the nuclear tests of both India and Pakistan just months earlier. The time on the Doomsday Clock is now at its latest moment ever-matching the time in 1953.

Robert Rosner, chair of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board, is a distinguished service professor in the Departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics at the University of Chicago.

"The greatest risks a year ago arose in the nuclear realm".

It follows last year's reading of two and a half minutes to midnight. "The nations of the world will have to significantly decrease their greenhouse gas emissions to keep climate risks manageable, and so far, the global response has fallen far short of meeting this challenge", the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said.

Bronson elaborated, explaining that nuclear issues took center stage this year for members of the Bulletin group, which was founded by researchers who helped build the first nuclear weapons during the Manhattan Project.

The symbolic "Doomsday Clock", created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, was set to 2 ½ minutes before midnight when Trump took office past year.

"The danger of nuclear conflagration is not the only reason the clock has been moved forward".

The reading in more recent times has reflected the impact of climate change on the planet and the effects of new technology and science in the world.

On climate change, the statement's authors, a group that includes numerous Nobel Laureates, rip apart the White House's cabal of climate deniers and their work to undo climate policies put in place under previous administrations.

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