The Doomsday Clock Just Moved Forward 30 Seconds

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists advanced its Doomsday Clock by 30 seconds, following a “grim assessment” of today’s geopolitical climate. “As of today, it is two minutes to midnight,” Bulletin President Rachel Bronson said—midnight denoting the time of symbolic global annihilation. Due to the failure of President Trump and other global leaders to deal with nuclear threats and climate change, the clock is now as “close to midnight today as it was in 1953, when Cold War fears perhaps reached their highest levels.” The Bulletin also advanced the clock by 30 seconds last year due to Trump’s election and statements as president.