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“Doomsday Clock” moves closer to midnight

NHK reported this morning that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced on Thursday that it is now two and a half minutes to midnight, which signifies imminent disaster, pushing the clock ahead 30 seconds from last year. The reasons cited by the magazine for advancing the clock were the conflict between the U.S. and Russia over Syria and North Korea’s repeated nuclear tests, as well as President Trump’s comments about the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons and expression of disbelief in the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. The magazine also reportedly expressed hope that President Trump and Russian President Putin will be able to work together toward the elimination nuclear weapons.

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