A panel of scientists has created a Doomsday Clock to symbolize the end of the world. The clock says that it is “two and a half minutes to midnight.”
According to CNN, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has changed their Doomsday Clock, which symbolizes a countdown to the end of the world, to two and a half minutes to midnight.
The leaders of the organization, Lawrence Krauss and David Titley, say that President Donald Trump’s policies on climate change and nuclear weapons are mainly to blame for the change in the Doomsday Clock.
“The United States now has a president who has promised to impede progress on both of those fronts,” the leaders said in a statement. “Never before has the Bulletin decided to advance the clock largely because of the statements of a single person. But when that person is the new president of the United States, his words matter.”
The Bulletin also cited the treat of nuclear weapons from other countries, such as North Korea, Russia, and China, as a reason for the change, according to the Daily Mail.
“A rise in strident nationalism worldwide, President Donald Trump’s comments on nuclear arms and climate issues, a darkening global security landscape that is colored by increasingly sophisticated technology, and a growing disregard for scientific expertise,” the group said in the statement.
According to CNN, the group’s clock has been at three minutes to midnight for the last two years.
The scientists say that there is a need for action to be taken to combat climate change.
“The continued warming of the world measured in 2016 underscores one clear fact: Nothing is fundamentally amiss with he scientific understanding of climate physics,” the statement reads.
“Nuclear weapons and climate change are precisely the sort of complex existential threats that cannot be properly managed without access to and reliance on expert knowledge,” Krauss said.
The change to two and a half minutes marks the closest that the Doomsday Clock has been to midnight since 1953, when the clock was at two minutes to midnight.
Sources: CNN, Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists via NPR