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Doomsday Clock now as close to midnight as in 1953

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2018-01-26 04:36:46
Atomic scientists have just moved the metaphorical Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight. It's now 2 minutes to midnight. The last time it was as close to midnight was in 1953 as Cold War had reached its highest levels.

Doomssay Clock is is a symbol representing the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe. It was launched in 1947 and it's being maintained by Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board. The closer the clock gets to midnight, the more imminent is the chance of a global castastrophe, be it threat of global nuclear war, or climate change (since 2007).

In 1947 the clock was set to 7 minutes to midnight. In 1991 the clock represented the safest time ever, with 17 minutes to midnight. After being changed in total of 22 times, now it's 2 minutes to midnight. The last time it happened, in 1953, President Harry Truman announced the U.S. had developed a hydrogen bomb.

Now, in 2018, the clock is most likely that close to midnight largely because of Donald Trump, the unpredictable figure who might be too loose with his buttons and who also has a problem with climate change. Or more specifically, his problem with climate change is simply the problematic disbelief. He has said that global warming is a hoax (possibly created by China) and he has also vowed to expand America's nuclear capabilities.




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