"Doomsday Clock" Edges Closer to Midnight


LONDON (AP) - Could it be the end of the world as we know it? The group of scientists behind the so-called "Doomsday Clock" thinks we're edging closer.

They've moved their symbolic clock two minutes nearer to midnight. It now sits at 11:55.

What prompted the change? The scientists blame what they call "a second nuclear age," due in large part to concerns about North Korea and Iran.

They also point to dangers posed by climate change, warning that those are "nearly as dire" as the risks from nuclear weapons.

The "Doomsday Clock" began in 1947. The closest it got to midnight was 11:58, after the US tested a hydrogen bomb in 1953.