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‘Doomsday Clock’ scientists to Obama: Only five more minutes until the end of the world

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | January 15, 2013

‘Doomsday Clock’ scientists to Obama: Only five more minutes until the end of the world

Doomsday Clock still at five minutes to midnight.

The infamous “Doomsday Clock” is still at five minutes to midnight, according to a statement released by the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. In an open letter to President Barack Obama, the group of scientists addressed their growing concern over climate change, nuclear and biological terrorism and various other threats to mankind. Although the clock remains at five minutes before midnight, the Board members congratulated the president on his efforts to gain ratification of New START and to improve the nuclear security regime. The group of scientists also praised the president for his support for wind and other renewable energy sources.

According to LiveScience, the Doomsday Clock is a symbol of the danger that nuclear or biological weapons pose to mankind. When deciding how to update the clock’s time in 2013, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists examined numerous factors, including extreme weather events and the current state of nuclear tensions around the globe.

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