Timekeeping Considerations: Nuclear, Climate Change, and Disruptive Technologies Initially, continued nuclear threats were the biggest factor for deciding the time on the Doomsday Clock. … A consensus was reached reflecting a conviction that the world was changing in fundamental and positive ways,” theThe time according to the Doomsday Clock. It’s important to remember, however, that the Doomsday Clock is only one of many metaphors and predictors forecasting the end of the world. By: Hannah PellOn 23 January 2020, the Doomsday Clock was calibrated to 100 seconds before midnight — the closest it has even been — by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the organization in charge of the clock. Because the Doomsday Clock is set no sooner than annually, this decision was made even before the COVID-19 outbreak could be taken into consideration; the idea that humanity is now more than ever closer to widespread disaster than even before the pandemic is certainly a chilling one.What is the Doomsday Clock, and why is it important?