It’s now 3 minutes to midnight according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a move that see’s it at its closest point to midnight since 1984. The symbolic clock is used to show how close the world is to “armeggedon” according to the BoAS. Whilst it was conceived during the cold war to show how close the world was to nuclear annihilation other factors such as climate change are now factored in.
The BoAS said:
“Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity, and world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth.” Despite some modestly positive developments in the climate change arena, current efforts are entirely insufficient to prevent a catastrophic warming of Earth. Meanwhile, the United States and Russia have embarked on massive programs to modernize their nuclear triads—thereby undermining existing nuclear weapons treaties. “The clock ticks now at just three minutes to midnight because international leaders are failing to perform their most important duty—ensuring and preserving the health and vitality of human civilization.”
The full video of the annoucnement can be seen here http://thebulletin.org/multimedia/it-3-minutes-midnight
The closest the doomsday clock has ever been to midnight is 2 minutes in 1953 which was a result of the USA developing and testing the Hydrogen Bomb. The furthest point away in history was 17 minutes in 1991, when the cold war thawed. Since 1991 it has steadily crept back towards midnight culminating in this years move which brought it to its closest point for decades.