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Doomsday Clock moves closer to nuclear war

Scottish CND are very worried about a recent announcement by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that the Doomsday Clock has moved thirty seconds closer to midnight , with 2 minutes to go.

Arthur West chair of Scottish CND said:

"This is very worrying news about the Doomsday Clock moving dangerously closer to midnight.

This news actually means that scientists have looked at the military and political developments of the last year and made the assessment that nuclear war and climate change are more likely to lead to disaster than would have been the case last year."

Arthur West added:

"In the last year the US / North Korea situation has had a terrifying impact on people across the world . The development of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme and the unbalanced and erratic behaviour of US president Donald Trump is a matter of great concern to most countries in the world .

This recent announcement on the Doomsday Clock highlights the importance of the Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty agreed at the United Nations special session in July 2017.

As every day passes it becomes more vital that Scottish CND and our partner organisations put maximum pressure on the Government to participate in this groundbreaking and historical treaty"

Background note on Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock is a symbol which represents the likelihood of a global catastrophe caused by human activity.

The symbol has been maintained since 1947 by the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board.

The clock represents an analogy for the threat of global nuclear war. Since 2007 it has also reflected climate change and new developments in the life sciences and technology that could inflict serious harm to humanity.

The clock represents the hypothetical global catastrophe as midnight and The Bulletin's opinion on how close the world is to global catastrophe as a number of minutes to midnight.

The original clock setting in 1947 was seven minutes to midnight . It has been set backward and forward 22 times since then, the smallest ever number of minutes to midnight being two - in the years 1953 and the current year 2018.

The current setting of the Doomsday Clock is therefore the joint-closest approach to midnight ever.

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