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Update: Doomsday Clock moves back one minute

NEW YORK (WKOW) -- Despite the threat of climate change and nuclear weapons, a group of international scientists announced Thursday morning it would move the hands of the Doomsday Clock back one minute from midnight.

The clock is designed to reflect how close the world is to destruction. Since its creation in 1947, the clock has been moved only 18 times and was most recently set to five minutes to midnight.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists cites collaboration on nuclear security, efforts to limit greenhouse gases and even the election of President Barack Obama for its decision to set the clock back to six seconds to midnight.

This also marks the first time the Doomsday Clock announcement was broadcast online to a live web audience.


NEW YORK (WKOW) -- The hands of the infamous doomsday clock are set to move for the first time in three years on Thursday, but which way the hand will move and by how much have not been made public.

The clock symbolized the threat to humanity due to nuclear weapons, climate change and advances in technology.

The last time the clock moved was in January 2007, when it moved forward from seven minutes to midnight to five minutes to midnight, where it currently sits.

The clock debuted in 1947 during the Cold War.

For the first time, you can watch it live online (click here for a link); the clock is set to move at 9:00 a.m. CST on Thursday, January 14, 2009.

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