Runaway climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons have pushed the world closer towards irreversible catastrophe, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Thursday, as the group pushed the symbolic Doomsday Clock forward to three minutes before midnight.
The two factors “pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which came to its assessment with its Board of Sponsors, which includes 18 Nobel Laureates, said in a statement.
“World leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth,” it added.
The last time the Doomsday Clock moved forward was in 2012, when it went from six minutes to five minutes before midnight as a result of world leaders failing to address “truly global threats.”
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The Clock, a symbol which “conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making,” last stood at three minutes to midnight, an image for apocalypse, in 1984 in the midst of the Cold War.
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