For the last two years, the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock stayed set
at three minutes before the hour, the closest it had been to midnight
since the early 1980s. In its two most recent annual announcements on
the Clock, the Science and Security Board warned: “The probability of
global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the
risks of disaster must be taken very soon.” In 2017, we find the danger
to be even greater, the need for action more urgent. It is two and a
half minutes to midnight, the Clock is ticking, global danger looms.
Wise public officials should act immediately, guiding humanity away from
the brink. If they do not, wise citizens must step forward and lead the
way. See the full statement from the Science and Security Board on the 2017 time of the Doomsday Clock.