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Tuesday, 16th September 2008
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Foundation predicts ecological disaster

A Japanese scientific foundation has claimed the world is edging ever closer to en ecological crisis.

The Asahi Glass Foundation's has moved its Environmental Doomsday Clock for Japan forward eight minutes this year to 9:42.

Meanwhile, the average world time currently stands at 9:33.

Shunichi Samejima, secretary-general of the foundation, told the Mainichi Daily News: "People have become more environmentally-conscious [...] The situation is getting worse, but I want people to think about what they can do as individuals."

The foundation conducts extensive research involving academia, business, individuals and governments, in an attempt to analyse the potentially apocalyptic threats to mankind and the environment.

Any time between 9:00 and 12:00 is considered a "grave concern".

The Environmental Doomsday Clock was established in 1992 at 7:49. Over the last 16 years, the clock has advanced one hour and 44 minutes.

The Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is currently set to five minutes to midnight.