Humanity is just two-and-a-half minutes from the apocalypse because of Donald Trump, Doomsday Clock scientists say via Independent

The election of Donald Trump is driving the planet towards oblivion, the elite organisation said

Humanity is now just two-and-a-half minutes from midnight, when the world ends, according to the Doomsday Clock.

The change means that the earth is closer to oblivion than it has been since 1953. That’s according to the experts who make up the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and set the time of the clock, which indicates the danger that humanity finds itself in.

Lawrence Krauss and David Titley, who lead the organisation, said that the adjustment by half a minute towards midnight had been made because the international community had failed to deal with humanity’s two most pressing threats: nuclear weapons and climate change.

But it said that the danger had been amplified because “the United States now has a president who has promised to impede progress on both of those fronts”.


The clock has only been closer to midnight than it is now once before, in 1953. That was when the US was pursuing the hydrogen bomb, and both Russia and the US had successfully tested thermonuclear bombs.

The Bulletin was founded by concerned US scientists involved in the Manhattan Project that developed the world’s first nuclear weapons during the Second World War. Today the Bulletin is an independent non-profit organisation run by some of the world’s most eminent scientists.

In 1947, they established the Doomsday Clock to provide a simple way of demonstrating the danger to the Earth and humanity posed by nuclear war.

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