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The Bulletin’s science and security board combines measures of the probability of nuclear war, biosecurity disasters, climate change, and various other doomsday scenarios, to set the clock closer or farther away from midnight. The fewer minutes left until midnight, the closer we are to the end of the world. 

Here’s how they determined to move the clock 30 seconds forward.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) has moved the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to disaster. It now stands at three minutes before midnight.

The BAS was created in 1945 by the scientists who had participated in the Manhattan Project, developing the atomic bomb. They came up with the Doomsday Clock in 1947, after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, to alert the public to the dangers of nuclear proliferation. Midnight represents a global catastrophe.

The Doomsday Clock Moves 2 Minutes Closer To Midnight

Professor Richard Somerville of the University of California in San Diego unveils the “Doomsday Clock” showing a move toward disaster. Photo credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

This is bad news for "I Am Not A Scientist" Roman Catholic GOPers.

“A draft of a major environmental document by Pope Francis says ‘the bulk of global warming' is caused by human activity — a perspective aligned with most climate scientists but still highly controversial to some Americans. In the draft, portions of which were translated by The Washington Post, the pope takes climate change deniers to task and calls on 'humanity’ to take steps — including changing manufacturing and consumption trends — to turn back the clock on global warming. He backs the science behind climate change, citing 'a very considerable consensus that points out we are now facing a worrisome warming of the climate.'” - Michelle Boorstein, WaPo