The Doomsday Clock (that helpful guide to our impending doom and whether we should be panicking wildly or calmly walking about with a sign that says “We’re All Going To Die! Repent, the End is Nigh!”) has been moved back one minute. The position moved from 5 minutes from Doomsday to 6 minutes from Doomsday. An ICBM takes 20-30 minutes to reach the other side of the world so by their count the world will end well before the first missile warhead explodes.
We’ve been between 2 and 17 minutes from doomsday for 63 years (btw 63 years = 33,112,800 minutes).
Wiki summarizes the reason as “Worldwide cooperation to reduce nuclear arsenals and pledges to limit climate-changing gas emissions.”
The US and Russia have been reducing their stockpiles for the last decade or so but since the last change in the clock in 2007 there has been little progress on North Korea or Iran’s nuclear program, and nuclear Pakistan seems less stable. It seems the world is less stable, but since I don’t have a giant graphic clock or put out press releases no one cares what I think.
In 2007, they set the precedent of considering climate change as a risk of nuclear annihilation, I assume because sweat could cause a slippery finger to slide from the hold button on the phone and accidentally hit big red nuclear launch button.