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Washington, January 25. The hands of the Doomsday Clock were pointing at 90 seconds to midnight, and were therefore closer than ever to the so-called “Doomsday Clock.” From 2020 to 2022, the clock is set at 100 seconds to midnight.

The Doomsday Clock is a project of the Bulletin of Atomic Sciences. According to the creators, “midnight” represents the moment when humans will make Earth uninhabitable.

The decision to advance the clock 10 seconds was made by scientists due to the increased risk of nuclear escalation, the threat of climate crisis and the continuation of the Covid-19 epidemic.


Doomsday Clock shows 90 seconds to midnight

“We live in an age of unprecedented danger, and the clock on the Doomsday Clock reflects that reality.”said in a press release. rachel bronsonPresident and CEO of The Bulletin.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists was founded during World War II by a group of American physicists working on the Manhattan Project, the codename for the atomic bomb. The rating was originally designed to measure nuclear threats, but in 2007 Bulletin management decided to include climate change in rating calculations. For 76 years, the time of the clock has changed, depending on how close humanity is to total extinction, according to scientists. In some years, the time on the dial has not changed.

The Doomsday Time is determined each year by the Science and Security Council experts in the Bulletin, in consultation with the Sponsors Council, which includes 11 Nobel laureates. According to the magazine, scientists do not measure the threat to humanity by their ratings, but encourage public participation in discussions about climate change and nuclear disarmament.

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