"According to the Doomsday Clock, it's two minutes to midnight. That's the same time as last year and remains the closest it's been since 1953 at the height of the Cold War," writes Doyle Rice for USA Today.
"Each year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a nonprofit group that sets the clock, decides whether the events of the previous year pushed humanity closer to or further from destruction." The group of scientists and scholars includes 15 Nobel laureates; among them is Susan Solomon, the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
The major threats, the group cites, are nuclear weapons and climate change.
Speaking about climate change, MIT scientist Susan Solomon said, “If we don’t start reducing emissions in this next decade, it’s pretty clear we’ll have a world we don’t want to live in. … This coming decade is absolutely critical, and we’re running out of time.”