Doomsday Clock Moves 1 Minute Closer to Midnight

Posted on January 10, 2012

Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsThe Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) announced today that they are moving the Doomsday Clock one minute closer to midnight. The clock is now at five minutes to midnight. 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.

The Atomic Scientists issued the following statement about why they are moving the clock one minute more towards the end of civilization:
"It is five minutes to midnight. Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed. For that reason, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the clock hand one minute closer to midnight, back to its time in 2007."
A lack of continued nuclear disarmament, continued use of unsafe nuclear reactor designs and climate change are three majors concerns of the BAS. The BAS says on climate change that "the global community may be near a point of no return in efforts to prevent catastrophe from changes in Earth's atmosphere."

You can the full press release from the BAS here. An audio version is also available here.