‘DOOMSDAY CLOCK’ MOVED TO THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
Board members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on Wednesday (January 22nd) moved the “Doomsday Clock” two minutes to 11:57 p.m., three minutes to midnight, out of frustration with a lack of international action to address climate change and reduce nuclear arsenals.
This is the first time in three years that the clock hands have been moved.
Since 2012, they’ve been at 5 minutes to midnight — which stands for doom. Each year, the magazine’s board analyzes threats to humanity’s survival to decide where the Doomsday Clock’s hands should be set.
It first appeared in 1947, with its hands set at 11:53 p.m. The clock’s hands were closest to midnight in 1953, set at 11:58 p.m., after both the U.S. and the Soviet Union conducted their first tests of the hydrogen bomb.
The clock’s hands were pushed back to 11:43 p.m. in December 1991, after the world’s superpowers signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.