This year, the Doomsday Clock has moved closer to midnight, the symbolic hour when humanity comes to an end.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS), which keeps track of time every year, says that time has shifted. 90 seconds before the end daylargely thanks to war in Ukraine.
The idea, started in 1947, is to show how close our planet is to total annihilation. because of humanity and its actions.
It began after World War II to warn the planet of the dangers of nuclear war.
The hands move closer to or further from midnight, based on scientists’ readings of existential threats in previous months.
midnight theoretical point of annihilation.
The decision is made by the BAS Science and Security Council, which includes 13 Nobel laureates.
“Climbing is a terrible risk”
This year, the advertisement was available in Ukrainian and Russian, as well as in English due to the war that has been going on between Russia and Ukraine since February 2022.
The board said the conflict raised deep questions about how nations interact, as well as the decline of international behaviour.
Thinly veiled threats to Russia use nuclear weapons remind the world that the escalation of the conflict, by accident, intentionally or by mistakeIt’s a terrible risk,” he said.
Other risks reviewed this year include climate change, biological threats and disruptive technologies.
“The consequences of the war are not limited to an increase in the nuclear danger; they also undermine global efforts to combat climate change,” the scientists said in a statement.
Countries that relied on Russian oil and gas in the past are now seeking other providerswhich may or may not be “green”.
And as the world continues to experience consequences of the covid-19 pandemicThe Board stated that world leaders will need to continue to identify and address biological hazardswhether the origin is natural, accidental or intentional.
A pandemic, he warned, is no longer a once-in-a-lifetime risk.
In 2020, the clock hands have moved 100 seconds closer to midnight. In subsequent years, in 2021 and 2022, the arrows remained in the same place.
The maximum distance that the hands of the clock went was immediately after the end of the Cold War, at 17 minutes of the first night.
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