Doomsday Clock Set at 3 Minutes to Midnight
Officials from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have announced that they have downgraded the world’s prospects by two minutes, placing it three minutes to the apocalyptic midnight, due to worsening global climates and the failure to reduce nuclear weapons.
Stewards of the symbolic Doomsday Clock are ringing the alarm about rising world threats.
A survey of trends by the publication Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has placed the current time as three minutes to midnight, a time-based representation of the apocalypse.
This two-minute gain was primarily precipitated by the group’s dismay at seemingly unfettered climate change and global nuclear weaponization.
Publication officials also called out the United States and Russia for lackluster efforts in reducing their nuclear weapons supplies just as other countries like India and Israel are working to improve theirs.
The last adjustment to the clock occurred in 2012 when it gained one minute due to similar reasons along with the outbreak of H5N1 flu.
Two minutes is the closest it has been to midnight, which happened in 1953 after the hydrogen bomb was tested.
The end of the Cold War in 1991 reflected the most optimistic time, at 17 minutes away from midnight.
The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 by University of Chicago scientists who were involved in the development of the nuclear bomb and has been maintained by the Bulletin since then.