The clock that symbolises the end of the world, The Doomsday Clock, has moved to two and a half minutes to midnight. This is the closest the clock has come to the end of the world since 1953.
The clock which gauges world tensions was moved to the new time via live stream. Researchers took the decision to move the hands due to climate change and nuclear war concerns.
Lawrence Krauss and David Titley, of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists which sets The Doomsday Clock said they took the decision as the international community have failed to deal with nuclear weapons and climate change. In part, the movement of the hands is due to Donald Trump who does not believe in climate change.
Other issues included nuclear weapons being built by India, Pakistan, Russia, North Korea, and China.
In a statement, the group wrote, “A rise in strident nationalism worldwide, President Donald Trump’s comments on nuclear arms and climate issues, a darkening global security landscape that is colored by increasingly sophisticated technology, and a growing disregard for scientific expertise.”
One of the researchers said the fact that 2016 was the hottest on record showed there was nothing wrong with the science behind climate change. They also said that they hoped the clock hands moving so close to midnight raises the level of conversation and prompts calls to action of people around the world.
Earth Closer to Oblivion than 1984
According to the researchers, this is the closest the world has come to ending than in 1984, when east – west relations were at their iciest.
The clock hands move backwards and forward in line with world events and developments. Initially, it only took into account the risk of global nuclear war, but now takes into account the risk of climate change, biotechnology advances, and artificial intelligence.