What is the “doomsday clock” and how close are we to the end of the world?

What is the “doomsday clock” and how close are we to the end of the world?
What is the “doomsday clock” and how close are we to the end of the world?
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Atomic scientists will reset their “doomsday clock” Tuesday with an estimate of how close they are to annihilation in 2023 due to existential threats such as nuclear war and climate change.

The “Doomsday Clock” is a symbolic clock that shows how close the world is to its end. Midnight marks the theoretical point of annihilation. Apocalyptic threats can arise from political tensions, weapons, technology, climate change, and even pandemic disease. The clock is moved closer to or farther from midnight depending on how scientists read existential threats at a particular time.

How is the Doomsday Clock set?

A Chicago-based nonprofit called the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists annually updates the time based on information regarding catastrophic risks to the planet and humanity and displays “the time” on its website.

A board of scientists and experts in nuclear technology and climate science, including 13 of these Nobel Prize laureates, discusses global events and determines where to set the clock each year.

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The doomsday clock was created in 1947 by a group of atomic scientists such as Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, and other scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project to develop the world’s first nuclear weapons during World War II.

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What is the time now according to the Doomsday Clock?

The clock’s hands were moved 100 seconds to midnight in January 2021, which is the closest point to midnight in the clock’s history, and it stayed there last year

This year, its scene will reflect for the first time a world in which Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has revived fears of nuclear war. And the clock began ticking, more than 75 years ago, and the clock was originally set at seven minutes before midnight.

At 17 minutes before midnight, the clock was far from doomsday in the year 1991 as the Cold War ended, and the United States of America and the Soviet Union signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty that dramatically reduced the nuclear arsenals of both countries.

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