"Doomsday Clock" Moves 1 Minute Closer To Midnight

A group of scientists that tracks the likelihood of a global cataclysm says the world is moving closer to doomsday.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Tuesday that it has moved its "Doomsday Clock" to five minutes to midnight.

The group says inadequate progress on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and continuing inaction on climate change are the reasons for the change.

The clock had been set at six minutes to midnight for the past two years. It was previously set at five minutes to midnight from 2007-2010.

The group says in a statement that two years ago, there was reason for optimism "that world leaders might address the truly global threats we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed."


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  • by aliserL on Jan 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
    The atomic experts who manage the Doomsday Clock moved its hands one minute closer to midnight Tuesday. The symbolic clock measures our recognized time before global destruction. Although it had gained a minute in 2010, that time was dropped today over issues of nuclear weapons, nuclear power and climate change. Source for this article: Doomsday Clock clicks one minute closer to 12.
  • by TGIF on Jan 12, 2012 at 06:55 AM
    Before you blabber on about things you have only scant knowledge... pop on over to the wikipedia and see what the Doomsday Clock is all about. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_Clock
  • by The world doesn't end! on Jan 11, 2012 at 05:00 PM
    Earth's destiny was determined long ago in eternity past. Christ will be it's steward for 1000 years upon his return. It's in the Deity's hands after that.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:22 PM
    It could serve as a 'wake up call' for people who aren't living their lives in the best possible ways. That could mean living as 'couch potatoes', lamenting the past, wasting talent, or not giving of their talents to society, while they have a chance. It's a 'glass half-full, or half-empty' thing. How does your glass measure up in the New Year?
  • by citizen Location: greenville on Jan 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
    i hope someone comes for alot of these so called christians....and soon. passing judgement and opinions gathered from a literary work which is left to individual interpretation then used to promote fear and predjudice.
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Jan 11, 2012 at 03:29 PM
    12000 year old stone structures the size of football fields with perfect 90 degree angles, perfect radii, perfect flat surfaces that could NOT be made by Mother Nature; submerged in 100 ft of ocean water. 3000 year old stone structures with perfect cuts made with tools supposedly nonexistent at the time. There are many miracles/spectacular occurences that scientists and doctors cannot explain. Too many unanswered questions. Factual eveidence that indicates(not proves) advanced civilizations before any record of modern man. None of us truly knows what occured in the past and what lies ahead. As one poster said earlier; neither will I be accused of ridiculing the uncertain. No man knows when HE will return and a doomsday scenario does not mean He is coming or the end of the world; just maybe as we know it. A single eruption of one of several volcanoes could wipe out the majority of the Earth's inhabitants in less than a year. I'm not worried as there is nothing anyone can do to change what can happen...but to completely disreguard that a doomsday scenario is possible is foolish. I have faith that there is much more than what we see here on Earth. I believe in God but do not force my beliefs on anyone as this is my personal choice. The point is..ANYTHING can happen, and it can happen tomorrow.
  • by Vince Location: Washington on Jan 11, 2012 at 02:48 PM
    I agree with many other posters. All this really means nothing? It's alarmist. Where would have the clock been when the big asteroid struck (if one really did)? What do they reference all of this too? This isn't science at all.
  • by laura Location: greenville on Jan 11, 2012 at 02:06 PM
    Anyone else find this silly. I think calling these guys "scientists" is reaching a bit since the clock is in no way scientifically relevant. It's a bunch of Ph.d's with nothing better to do than move the hands around on a fake clock when global policies don't do what they want them to do, or think they should do. Something bad is going to happen, someday, somewhere, to someone, whether those hands are moved or not. But I highly doubt we're any closer to ultimate destruction now than we were in 2007, or 1992. The irony is, the clock will never read midnight since a large scale global event would likely keep the hand from being moved until after the fact, in which case...who cares, we're all dead.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 at 01:06 PM
    It could be hundreds of millions of years before the world actually ends. Mass extinction has plauged the planet before and life remained, just because the world of man ends doesn't mean that the world will cease. It's the nature of evolution and progress.
  • by Anonymous Location: Jamesville, NC on Jan 11, 2012 at 12:17 PM
    Well whenever it is I am ready for the GOOD LORD to take me!! How about the rest of you!!! Get right with God because GOD is the only one who knows when it is!!
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