It is now two and one-half minutes to midnight.
Our organization, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, is marking the 70th anniversary of its Doomsday Clock on Thursday by moving it 30 seconds closer to midnight. In 2016, the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to come to grips with humanity’s most pressing threats: nuclear weapons and climate change.
Making matters worse, the United States now has a president who has promised to impede progress on both of those fronts. Never before has the Bulletin decided to advance the clock largely because of the statements of a single person. But when that person is the new president of the United States, his words matter.
Lawrence M. Krauss, a theoretical physicist at Arizona State University, is the chairman of the board of sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. David Titley, a retired rear admiral and former chairman of the Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change, is a member of its science panel.
2017 Doomsday Clock Statement
Each year, the setting of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ (BAS) Doomsday Clock galvanizes a global debate about whether the planet is safer or more dangerous today than it was last year, and at key moments in recent history. On January 26, 2017, BAS announced that it has moved the Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight.
The final statement on the decision to move the Doomsday Clock to 2 1/2 minutes to midnight is available here.