For over a half century now, the doomsday clock has remained a symbol of how close the world is to catastrophe. Prior to Thursday, it had not moved since 2012, according to the Daily Mail.
However, officials just announced that we have moved two minutes closer to the end of the world. As of now, the clock is three minutes to midnight.
The last time the clock was adjusted was in January 2012 when it was moved to from six to five minutes before midnight. This event signaled the “second nuclear age.”
Key topics to be discussed at the conference today include terrorism and the state of climate change.
The Bulletin’s Board of Directors -- in consultation with its Board of Sponsors, which includes 18 Nobel Laureates -- are the ones who decide whether or not the minute hand moves.
Though initially created as a response to impending nuclear catastrophe, it is unknown whether the next conference is related to the threat of nuclear weapons.
With temperatures in the world rising in average -- the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that they found evidence of accelerating climate change -- and temperatures being the highest on record, growing concerns to the stability of our planet to support life rise like an ocean with melted ice caps.
The recent terrorist attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo could also be one of the reasons for the minute hand to move.
Created in 1945 by scientists at the University of Chicago -- the same ones who worked on the first atomic bomb -- The Doomsday Clock came in the wake of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
The clock was meant to show humanity the threats against life on Earth, with midnight representing doomsday or the peak of global catastrophe.
Since its inauguration, the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock has moved a total of 18 times.