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02 February 2007


Doomsday Clock moves two minutes closer to midnight - preview
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) has decided to move the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight
  • It is now five minutes to midnight
  • Reflecting global failures to solve the problems posed by nuclear weapons and the climate crisis, the decision by the BAS Board of Directors was made in consultation with the Bulletin's Board of Sponsors, which includes eighteen Nobel Laureates

  • BAS announced the clock change recently at an unprecedented joint news conference held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC, and the Royal Society in London
  • In a statement supporting the decision to move the hand of the Doomsday Clock, the BAS Board focused on two major sources of catastrophe: the perils of 27,000 nuclear weapons, 2000 of them ready to launch within minutes; and the destruction of human habitats from climate change
  • In articles by fourteen leading scientists and security experts writing in the January-February issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (http://www
  • thebulletin
  • org), the potential for catastrophic damage from human-made technologies is explored further


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