Doomsday Clock expected to move closer to midnight as threat of global annihilation grows

Sarah Knapton – January 25, 2017

Doomsday Clock, which symbolises the current threat of global annihilation, is expected to be moved closer to midnight by scientists.

The countdown was established in 1947 by a group of experts who were working on the Manhattan Project to design and build the first atomic bomb.

They wanted a simple way of demonstrating the danger to Earth and humanity posed by nuclear war.

The clock is currently running at three minutes to midnight, where 00.00 represents the end of humanity.

But the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is expected to move it forward by one minute on Thursday, the closest it has ever been to the apocalypse since 1953 when the US took the decision to upgrade its nuclear arsenal with the hydrogen bomb.

The Doomsday Clock now not only takes into account the likelihood of nuclear Armageddon but also other emerging threats, such as climate change and advances in biotechnology and artificial intelligence.