A group of climate scientists and other global safety experts start meeting Monday in Chicago to determine how close we are to the end of the world. The three-day conference begins with a symposium of the future of nuclear power.
Tuesday, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists begins its biannual meeting to set the time on the “Doomsday Clock.” About 30 experts will look at what’s happened this year in terms of the health and safety of the planet.
The group will also measure the potential impact of president-elect Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax.
The closer the clock is to midnight, the more unstable the scientists think the world is. In 1947, the first year the time was measured, the Doomsday clock read 11:53 p.m. The number has gotten as close as 11:58 p.m. in 1953, and as far away as 11:43 p.m. in 1991.
Right now, the clock is set to 11:57 p.m.
The updated time on the Doomsday clock will be announced early next year.
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