The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will host a live news conference at 11 a.m. EST on Thursday to announce the recent decision of its Science and Security Board as to whether or not the minute hand of the historic "Doomsday Clock" will be adjusted. The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close the world population is to destroying civilization with dangerous technologies.
The last time the Doomsday Clock minute hand moved was in January 2012, when the clock's minute hand was pushed ahead one minute from six to five minutes before midnight. Climate change and increasing concerns about nuclear weapons are the main factors influencing the decision about any additional adjustment that may be made to the Doomsday Clock.
Key trends influencing the Doomsday Clock deliberations to be announced on Thursday include: evidence of accelerating climate change coupled with inadequate international action to greenhouse gas emission as conveyed in the November 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and the recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Lima, Peru; and nuclear modernization programs in the United States, Russia, and other states, as well as the stalled reduction of nuclear warheads in Russian and U.S. Arsenals