A group of scientists that tracks the likelihood of a global cataclysm announced Tuesday that it has moved its "Doomsday Clock" to five minutes to midnight.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said inadequate progress on reducing nuclear weapons and continuing inaction on climate change prompted the switch.
The clock had been at six minutes to midnight for the last two years. It was previously set at five minutes to 12 from 2007-2010. Now back to 11:55 we are.
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."
However, "In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed."
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