It is now 11:55 p.m. on the symbolic clock that reflects threats to humanity and the planet, especially from nuclear weapons. Midnight represents the end of mankind from its own destruction.
The clock has become a universally recognized indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change and emerging technologies in the life sciences.
This afternoon’s announcement was made in Washington, D.C., by the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Reasons for the Doomsday Clock’s advance included no dramatic evidence in the reduction of nuclear weapons, the talk of developing new nuclear weapons systems and damage to the Japanese nuclear reactors from the earthquake and tsunami.
The last time the Doomsday Clock minute hand moved was in January 2010, when the clock’s minute hand was pushed back one minute from five to six minutes before midnight. Read More…