If you are asked what time it is, the answer is 11:55. If you are asked what happens at midnight, the answer is "all of humanity is destroyed and the Earth becomes the crumbling home planet of resilient insects until it is eventually consumed by the sun." On the plus side, if you answer this way people will probably stop asking you what time it is.
Yes, our friends at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (not a supervillain meetup) have decided that we are five theoretical minutes from our complete destruction -- a determination that … doesn't change from last year. So that's good, I guess? From Live Science:
Keeping their outlook for the future of humanity quite dim, the group of scientists also wrote an open letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to partner with other global leaders to act on climate change.
The clock is a symbol of the threat of humanity's imminent destruction from nuclear or biological weapons, climate change and other human-caused disasters. In making their deliberations about how to update the clock's time this year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists considered the current state of nuclear arsenals around the globe, the slow and costly recovery from events like Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and extreme weather events that fit in with a pattern of global warming.
I don't really get why the clock didn't change. We took more steps backward in 2012 than we did forward, according to analysis by yers truly. And isn't the nature of climate change such that the threat of it automatically increases over time?