The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will have the world’s eyes on them tomorrow morning as a crucial decision about the movement of the minute hand is made.
The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic timepiece that represents the countdown to a catastrophic event occurring, such as nuclear war or life-ending climate change.
The last time it was moved – bringing into three minutes to midnight – was in January 2015 due to unmanaged “climate change, global nuclear weapons modernisations and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals”.
Last year, it was kept in the same position because of the continued threat levels.
But tomorrow, that could all be changed as the Atomic Scientists announce if it is going a minute forward – bringing us just “120 seconds” from Armageddon.
And it looks as though Mankind is definitely doomed.
The Bulletin announced it made its decision based on “issues including a rise in strident nationalism worldwide, US President Donald Trump’s comments on nuclear arms and climate issues, a darkening global security landscape that is coloured by increasingly-sophisticated technology, and a grown disregard for scientific expertise”.
Across the world, there has been a meteoric rise in the popularity of extreme right-wing parties.
This has been chalked up to the crippling migration crisis over the past two years that has seen millions from conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa flooding into Europe.
And numerous countries have been bulking up their nuclear capabilities, such as North Korea which has repeatedly issued terrifying nuke threats to the United States.