Doomsday Clock Ticks Closer to Midnight

We're now the closest we've been to midnight since 1953
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2018 9:40 AM CST
Updated Jan 25, 2018 10:40 AM CST
This file photo shows the 2017 announcement, when we were at 2.5 minutes to midnight.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – "What matters is whether [the Doomsday Clock] is moving farther or closer to midnight. That's the key," says the executive director of the Arms Control Association. Erg. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on Thursday announced the clock—a symbol of how close the world stands to catastrophe due to mankind's own actions—has ticked forward 30 seconds. That puts it at two minutes to midnight, the same point it was at when Cold War fears spiked in 1953 and the closest it has been to midnight since that year, reports the Washington Post. More on the reasoning behind the move and the history of the clock.

  • Trump: The president got mentioned by name by the organization, which noted "the failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with looming threats of nuclear war and climate change" as influencing the clock's advancement. The Hill also has this reference to the president from the group's statement: "Neither allies nor adversaries have been able to reliably predict ... when US pronouncements are real, and when they are mere rhetoric. International diplomacy has been reduced to name-calling, giving it a surrealistic sense of unreality that makes the world security situation ever more threatening."

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