Washington: Mounting concerns about the possibility of a nuclear war, along with US President Donald Trump's 'unpredictability' have pushed the symbolic 'Doomsday Clock' to two minutes before midnight, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said Thursday. The clock — which serves as a metaphor for how close humanity is to destroying the planet — was moved forward by 30 seconds, to as near as it has ever been to the hour of the apocalypse.
The last time the clock was at two minutes to midnight was in when the United States and Soviet Union were testing hydrogen bombs. She described as 'perilous and chaotic, 'a year in which' we saw reckless language in the nuclear realm heat up already dangerous situations. She mentioned the series of tests by North Korea, an enhanced commitment to nuclear weapons in China, Pakistan and India, and 'unpredictability' embodied by the US president in tweets and statements.
The Doomsday Clock was created in Its time has changed 20 times since then, ranging from two minutes to midnight in to 17 minutes before midnight in Meanwhile, 'hyperbolic rhetoric and provocative actions by both' the United States and North Korea 'have increased the possibility of nuclear war.
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Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight, Signaling Concern Among Scientists
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The nuclear 'Doomsday Clock' is closer to midnight than it's been in 58 years
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He sat down on the sofa with a large glass of water and began to watch the game. He was relaxed and his headache had toned down a lot. His headache had taken more out of him than he anticipated and he started to get sleepy. Eventually he drafted off the sleep. Richard had been asleep long enough to have gone onto a deep sleep cycle.
He had not yet reached the Rapid Eye Movement or REM stage of sleep and had not yet started to dream, but he heard a male voice calling his name. The voice called out. Richard opened his eyes still dazed to see a flame.
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His eyes sprang open immediately and his heart went into overdrive, he tried to move but he could not. He continued to tried to move, but to no avail. The risk to global civilisation is as high today as it has ever been in the face of twin threats, nuclear weapons and climate change, a group of leading scientists has announced, putting a significant share of the blame on the Trump administration.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved its symbolic Doomsday Clock forward 30 seconds, to two minutes to midnight, in a reflection of how the scientists view the dangers facing the world. The only other time the clock was set so close to catastrophe in its year history was in , after the US and the Soviet Union detonated their first thermonuclear bombs. In the year since the hands on the Doomsday Clock were last adjusted, North Korea has carried out its sixth nuclear test , the most powerful to date and almost certainly its first hydrogen bomb.