We’re three minutes from Doomsday

January 23, 2015 3:10 PM

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Climate change and the unrelenting development and stockpiling of nuclear weapons have seen the Doomsday Clock pushed another minute closer to global disaster, with scientists warning that we're three metaphorical minutes from destruction. The clock, a symbolic representation of how close humanity is to teetering on the edge of effective annihilation by its own hand, is now just three minutes from midnight, with the team in charge of the hands - the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, counting seventeen Nobel Prize laureates among its members - ominously suggesting that "the probability of global catastrophe is very high."

It's the first change for the Doomsday Clock in three years, after we returned from the gadgety bacchanalian excesses of CES 2012 to discover lethargy on both climate change and nuclear disarmament had left us at five minutes to midnight.

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