TAMPA - According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a group of scientists, academics, and Nobel laureates, the Human race has moved ahead one minute to within five minutes of destruction.
The Doomsday Clock was set up in 1947 to make the public aware of the perils of nuclear weaponry and various catastrophic dangers.
The clock was moved ahead one minute on Tuesday reflecting the BAS belief that the failure of world leaders to address the rising threat of nuclear terrorism, biological weapons and the threat of climate change.
This was the first time it has been moved forward since 2007.
In 2010, the clock was moved back one minute to 11:54.
Since its beginning, the clock has been reset 20 times. The closest to doomsday we have ever been was in 1953 when the clock was set to 11:58. That move coincided with the start of the nuclear arms race.
The farthest away was in 1991. The signing of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty set the clock back to 11:43.
It is now 11:55.
To read more about the Doomsday Clock and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, visit http://wfts.tv/xIfvp9 .
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