Doomsday Clock Moves One Minute Away From Midnight
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Adjusts Clock From 5 to 6 Minutes Before Midnight;
Encouraging Progress Seen Around Globe in Both Key Threat Areas: Nuclear Weapons
and Climate Change.
Citing a more "hopeful state of world affairs" in relation to the twin threats posed by nuclear
weapons and climate change, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) is moving the minute
hand of its famous Doomsday Clock one minute away from midnight. It is now 6 minutes to
midnight. The decision by the BAS Science and Security Board was made in consultation with
the Bulletin's Board of Sponsors, which includes 19 Nobel Laureates.
BAS announced the Clock change today at a news conference in New York City broadcast live
at http://www.turnbacktheclock.org/ for viewing around the globe. The new BAS Web platform
allows people in all nations to monitor and get involved in efforts to move the Doomsday Clock
farther away from midnight.
In a statement supporting the decision to move the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock, the
BAS Board said: "It is 6 minutes to midnight. We are poised to bend the arc of history toward a
world free of nuclear weapons. For the first time since atomic bombs were dropped in 1945,
leaders of nuclear weapons states are cooperating to vastly reduce their arsenals and secure all
nuclear bomb-making material. And for the first time ever, industrialized and developing
countries alike are pledging to limit climate-changing gas emissions that could render our planet
nearly uninhabitable. These unprecedented steps are signs of a growing political will to tackle
the two gravest threats to civilization -- the terror of nuclear weapons and runaway climate
Created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Doomsday Clock has been adjusted
only 18 times prior to today, most recently in January 2007 and February 2002 after the events of
9/11. By moving the hand of the Clock away from midnight -- the figurative end of civilizati