Atomic Scientists Add One More Minute to Doomsday Clock

3197364604_06433c74efThe world can rest a little easier tonight knowing that we’re one minute further away from nuclear annihilation then we were just a few days ago. The “Doomsday Clock,” has been moved from 5 to 6 minutes to midnight by a group of international atomic scientists. The scientists say that we owe this additional minute thanks to the efforts of world leaders to reduce the amount of nuclear weapons in their perspective countries, as well as from the global efforts to reduce global climate change.  

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists made this announcement at a press conference in New York. “We are poised to bend the arc of history toward a world free of nuclear weapons,” the board said in a statement. “For the first time since atomic bombs were dropped in 1945, leaders of nuclear weapons states are cooperating to vastly reduce their arsenals and secure all nuclear bomb-making material.”

The group has actually adjusted the clock 18 times since it was launched in 1947 in the midst of the cold war. So does anyone feel safer after reading this story? I mean, wow, a whole minute!

(Via the NY Daily News)

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