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Citing Climate Change As Looming Threat, Doomsday Clock Moves Ahead to Three Minutes to Midnight

ClockIn 1947 members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’s Science and Security Board introduced the concept of the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic representation of the world’s proximity to a global catastrophe.

Since its inception the meaning of the clock’s countdown has been further expanded to include the imminent threat posed by climate change, and it’s that same threat that recently prompted the Bulletin to update the clock’s reading ahead two minutes to 23:57 (three minutes to midnight.)

"In 2015, unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity," the Bulletin’s statement on the update explains. "World leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth."

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Historically the Clock’s reading has shifted back and forth in response to the behavior of the world’s various superpowers. The Clock has read 23:57 twice before (1949 and 1984), both times following the escalation of nuclear arms by a particular international actor. Climate change was added to the Clock’s list of influential factors in 2007 and was related to both of its most recent adjustments in 2010 and 2012. The clock has only once read 23:58 (two minutues to midnight) once back in 1953 during the U.S. and Soviet Union tests of thermoculear devices during the Cold War. 

"We call upon world leaders to take coordinated and rapid action to drastically reduce global emissions of heat-trapping gases, especially carbon dioxide," said Richard Somerville, a member of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board. "We also urge the citizens of the world to demand action from their leaders. This threat looms over all of humanity. We all need to respond now, while there is still time."


Dashcam Captures Narrow Miss As Wind Storm Topples Trees on Australian Highway: VIDEO

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Check out this footage of a driver's incredibly narrow miss as wind storms battered a small country highway in Victoria, Australia late last month.  Be sure to also take note of the cars on the other side of the road and how close they come to disaster too.

And if you listen carefully, you can even hear what might possibly be the car's passenger casually telling the driver to "stop" just before the trees topple. I can think of a few other four letter words that I might have shouted out in that situation though.

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Mysterious Ice Chunks Crash Through Gay Man's Roof But Thankfully Miss His Prized Plaster Cast: VIDEO

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Put this one in the weird weather file.

John Connors returned to his Chicago home last week to find his cat Oscar terrified and a collection of bowling ball-sized ice chunks that had crashed through his roof.

ABC 7 reports:

Ice"If I had been here, I would have been killed," Connors said. 

His neighbor Doris Patiz was home at the time.

"I hear this terrible blast, I thought it was a gas explosion," Patiz said.

"I walked in and thought a bomb had exploded," Connors said. "I looked up and I could see the sky and planes." 

Connors says the ice chunks crashed through the roof with such force, they shattered the ceiling beams - barely missing his cat. Connors was so shocked when he saw the damage, he didn't notice the frigid, artic wind whipping through the gaping hole in his ceiling. 

"My chair was soaked with ice, just like, encrusted with ice and the rugs were soaked from the ice that had melted," Connors said. 

One chunk was found in his bedroom, about 20 feet away from his living room.

Thankfully, the ice chunks missed Connor's glass curio cabinet, which houses a certain famous phallic plaster cast by noted artist Cynthia Plaster Caster. The prized item was also humouroulsy (and unknowingly) featured prominently in the background of a local news interview. 

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Best Snow News Bloopers of All Time: VIDEO

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Bundle up and crack a smile,

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Second-Grader Owns the Chicago Weather Forecast: VIDEO

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Viewers of WGN in Chicago were treated to a hilarious weather forecast on Halloween when 7-year-old Charlie Hale from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy was invited on as the network's 'Friday Forecaster'.

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Apocalyptic Hail Storm Caught On Camera: VIDEO

Freak hail storm in siberia

A video captured on a beach in Novosibirsk, Siberia, looks like an apocalyptic scene from The Day After Tomorrow.

People are seen enjoying a sunny day day at the beach before the 99F weather instantly turns into a massive hailstorm.

A woman later told The Siberian Times:

"My husband was protecting my young daughter but his back was exposed to the hailstones and he has bruising all over it"

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