World Bulletin / News Desk
A group founded by the creators of the atomic bomb warned Thursday that the world is inching closer to doomsday.
Climate change and nuclear weapons are driving the threats to the future of humanity, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said as they moved their “Doomsday Clock“ ahead two minutes.
The world is now three minutes away from its certain end instead of the five in 2014.
"The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon," the bulletin’s board said in a statement.
The advocacy group said that despite 2014 being recorded as the hottest year on record since recording began in 1880, a climate catastrophe is not inevitable.
“The world has technological and policy options available at entirely acceptable costs. Time is short, but it has not yet run out,” the bulletin said.
But modernization of existing nuclear stockpiles, particularly in the U.S. and Russia, threatens to renew a nuclear arms race, posing another existential threat to the world.
“There are far too many nuclear weapons in the world, and world leaders—particularly those in the United States and Russia—have failed to live up to their responsibility to control and reduce the nuclear threat,” they said.