On January 25, 2018, we're closer to the apocalypse than we've been since the height of the Cold War.
That's according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which on Thursday moved its "Doomsday Clock" to 2 minutes to midnight for the first time since 1953.
The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic tool is uses to estimate and raise awareness of how close humankind is to its own destruction.
Its positioning at 11:58 p.m. is in recognition of the growing threat we face from climate change as well as rising nuclear tensions between North Korea and the world's superpowers, particularly the U.S.A.
"In 2017, we saw reckless language in the nuclear realm heat up already dangerous situations and re-learned that minimizing evidence-based assessments regarding climate and other global challenges does not lead to better public policies," The Bulletin said in its statement.
"In 2017, world leaders failed to respond effectively to the looming threats of nuclear war and climate change, making the world security situation more dangerous than it was a year ago—and as dangerous as it has been since World War II."
It cites turmoil not just between the U.S. and North Korea, but also between the U.S., Russia, and China as well as fellow nuclear powers Pakistan and India.
As for climate change, the scientists say the danger "may seem less immediate" but failing to address temperatures changes now would be catastrophic.
"The nations of the world will have to significantly decrease their greenhouse gas emissions to keep climate risks manageable, and so far, the global response has fallen far short of meeting this challenge."