Is the world ending again?
Maybe. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a panel of scientists and academics that’s been tracking nuclear threats since the 1940s, has ticked the Doomsday Clock forward to just two minutes shy of midnight.
The symbolic clock is closer to midnight – and a nuclear doomsday – than it’s ever been.
Why do scientists think we’re so close to doomsday?
The group says nuclear weapons and climate change are the biggest threats to humankind. They believe the world is close to nuclear war because of the rapid growth of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program last year and because the Trump administration has added gasoline to the fire.
“Hyperbolic rhetoric and provocative actions by both sides have increased the possibility of nuclear war by accident or miscalculation,” the report said.
The scientists also say President Donald Trump pushed the world closer to doomsday by withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.
“Nuclear weapons aren’t a joke. But your argument kind of loses the punch when you put climate change as the same danger as nuclear weapons,” Glenn said on today’s show.