Armageddon Slightly Delayed, Say Keepers of the Doomsday Clock

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, who maintain the infamous "Doomsday Clock," have moved the clock's hand back by one minute. Now we are six minutes to world destruction, rather than five.

According to the group:

This hopeful state of world affairs leads the boards of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - which include 19 Nobel laureates - to move the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock back from five to six minutes to midnight. By shifting the hand back from midnight by only one additional minute, we emphasize how much needs to be accomplished, while at the same time recognizing signs of collaboration among the United States, Russia, the European Union, India, China, Brazil, and others on nuclear security and on climate stabilization . . . A key to the new era of cooperation is a change in the U.S. government's orientation toward international affairs brought about in part by the election of Obama. With a more pragmatic, problem-solving approach, not only has Obama initiated new arms reduction talks with Russia, he has started negotiations with Iran to close its nuclear enrichment program, and directed the U.S. government to lead a global effort to secure loose fissile material in four years. He also presided over the U.N. Security Council last September where he supported a fissile material cutoff treaty and encouraged all countries to live up to their disarmament and nonproliferation obligations under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty…

via Foreign Policy's Passport Blog