(FOX NEWS) – The outlook for humanity’s future continues to look dim. The Doomsday Clock ‘s hands will remain at five minutes to midnight. The countdown to midnight symbolizes humanities possible path to nuclear destruction.
In 2012 the slow and costly recovery from events like Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and extreme weather events that fit in with a pattern of global warming meant that the hands stood still. They may have moved backwards if natural disasters did not occur.
Since 1947 the Board of Directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago have used the clock as an analogy of the human race being at the brink of nuclear war.
The clock started at seven minutes to midnight during the Cold War in 1947. It has moved forwards and backwards depending on the threat of nuclear or biological weapons, climate change and other human-caused disasters.
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