Doomsday Clock: 'Three minutes' left until the apocalypse
The Doomsday Clock, a symbolic countdown to the world’s end, stands still at three minutes until midnight, scientists announced Tuesday.
It remains at the position it moved to one year ago.
That the clock moves no closer to midnight, the indicated end of humanity, remains "grave" news, its makers stressed.
"Unless we change the way we think, humanity remains in serious danger," said Lawrence Krauss of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the nonprofit that sets the clock.
"Action now can reduce these threats," he said at an announcement in Washington, "but only if we recognize them honestly and face them head-on."
Manhattan Project scientists, concerned about the first atomic weapons, founded the nonprofit Bulletin in 1945. They created the clock two years later, and update its minute hand each year.
Just how the minute hand moves is determined by the Bulletin’s boards of directors and sponsors, which include environmental scientists, physicists and 18 Nobel Laureates, its site notes.