The Doomsday Clock—a “symbolic instrument informing the public when the earth is facing imminent disaster”, and is run by the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists—has not been closer than three minutes to midnight since 1953, after the U.S. and Soviet Union concluded their competing tests of the hydrogen bomb.
On Thursday, the group of scientists who run the clock moved its minute hand thirty seconds closer to midnight, a statement that they say indicates dire concern for humanity and the environment under a Trump administration.
“Never before has the Bulletin decided to advance the clock largely because of the statements of a single person,” wrote climate scientist and meteorologist Dr. Titley, and theoretical physicist Dr. Krauss, in a recent op-ed for The New York Times. “But when that person is the new president of the United States, his words matter.”
A statement from the Bulletin, written in 2015, shared Titley and Krauss’s current sentiment. It read, “These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth.”
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