Are you telling me that with all the absolute nonsense going on this year, the Doomsday Clock has only moved forward 20 seconds in 2020?
Like, I get that it’s based on nuclear threat more than anything else, but I would think that threat would, by default, increase with all this madness of COVID, Trump, the US election in general, climate change, etc. going on all at the same time this year.
Maybe it’ll change again after the election, who knows.
I suppose this really isn’t technically a “science” news story, but I think the reason behind today’s topic is scientific enough.
The big news? The Doomsday Clock was pushed another minute forward, putting us at 11:55 PM, five minutes from certain annihilation.
OH AND IT’S HAPPENING IN 2012 OMGWTFBBQ CONSPIRACY THEORISTS UNITE BLAH BLAH BLAH!
While the clock had been pushed back a minute to 11:54 in 2010 due to worldwide cooperation to reduce the effects of climate change and to chill out about the possibility of nuclear war, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (those in charge of the Clock) took another look at our current situation, saw that we’re really sucking at the whole “halt human-based climate change” and “hey, we probably shouldn’t be tossing nukes around” goals and have moved the clock back to 11:55.
Read more of The Bulletin’s concerns and recommendations here.