Doomsday Clock moves closest to midnight in 73-year history

Doomsday clock
The Doomsday Clock reads 100 seconds to midnight, a decision made by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, during an announcement at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on January 23, 2020. - President and CEO of the non-profit group Rachel Bronson said "It is the closest to Doomsday we have ever been in the history of the Doomsday Clock." The clock was created in 1947. (Photo by EVA HAMBACH / AFP) (Photo by EVA HAMBACH/AFP via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP)- The keepers of the Doomsday Clock have moved the symbolic countdown to global disaster to the closest point to midnight in its 73-year history.

They’re citing “existential danger” from nuclear war and climate change.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says it’s moved the clock from two minutes to midnight to 100 seconds to midnight. That’s a 20-second advance.

The decision was made by the group’s science and security board, consulting with sponsors including 13 Nobel laureates. The organization was founded after the creation of the atomic bomb in World War II. It focuses on the greatest threats to human survival.