WASHINGTON (WCBD) – The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science Security Board announced it has moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock.
The clock is now two minutes to midnight.
Every year, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists makes the decision whether or not to move the clock with the and advice and consultation of the Science and Security Board.
The symbolic clock is now the closest it’s been to midnight since 1953.
In 2016, the Doomsday Clock did not change, remaining at three minutes before midnight. In 2017, the clock was moved 30 seconds closer to midnight – the closest it had been since the 1950s, and having been influenced for the first-ever time by statements from an incoming U.S. president. According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the clock changed from five to three minutes to midnight in 2015.
The Doomsday Clock is used to convey threats to humanity and the planet. The closer the time gets to midnight, the greater risk to humanity.