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Scientists from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BPA) have said the end of the world has [come / coming] a little closer in the [passed / past] year. BPA scientists are experts on nuclear weapons, disarmament, the changing [energy / energetic] landscape, climate change, and [emerge / emerging] technologies. It is [responsible / responsibility] for setting the Doomsday Clock, which was started in 1947 to symbolize [what / how] close the world is to catastrophe. The BPA has just moved the clock's minute [hands / hand] from three minutes to midnight [to / from] two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. This is the closest it has been to midnight (the Apocalypse) [for / since] 1953. Then, the minute hand was moved to two minutes to midnight [after / post] hydrogen bomb tests by the USA and Russia.

The BPA's latest report said President Donald Trump's [recently / recent] statements on climate change, [building / built] nuclear weapons, immigration and terrorism have [addition / added] to the global risk. The BPA warned that: "The probability [of / by] global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed [to / for] reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very [soonish / soon] ." BPA chief Dr Rachel Bronson called [in / on] people around the world to make sure their leaders do the [right / left] things for the world. She said: "I hope the debate [created] by the 2017 setting of the Clock [raises / rises] the level of conversation, promotes calls to action, and helps citizens around the world hold their leaders responsible for [deliver / delivering] a safer and healthier planet."

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