EntertainmentDoomsday Clock adjustment: How close are we to the brink of global catastrophe?

Doomsday Clock adjustment: How close are we to the brink of global catastrophe?

The Doomsday Clock is on the move again
The Doomsday Clock is on the move again
Images source: © Youtube | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

8:32 AM EST, January 22, 2024

With Russia's invasion of Ukraine, war in the Middle East, climate change implications, biological threats, and rising social tensions, it's hard to deny that the world increasingly feels like a powder keg on the cusp of detonation. The Doomsday Clock provides a symbolic measure of how close we are to that disastrous blast.

Since 1947, the Doomsday Clock has been metaphorically ticking down to humanity's end. The movement of this device's hands is determined by a group of scientists from the University of Chicago's "Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists". It displays x minutes to midnight. The convergence of the clock hands at the top depicts the demise of humanity.

Doomsday Clock in 2024: How much time is left until midnight?

The most recent adjustment of the Doomsday Clock took place in 2023. Scientists set the time to a staggering 90 seconds before midnight. Humanity has never been nearer to the brink of catastrophe in the clock's history. The prompters for this alarming decision include the outbreak of war in Ukraine, an escalating threat of nuclear conflict, climate change implications, along with technological and biological vulnerabilities.

The Doomsday Clock has moved again.
The Doomsday Clock has moved again.© Youtube | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The next update of the Doomsday Clock is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23. A live broadcast has been organized to publicize the scientists' updated appraisal. Given all that has transpired in the past year - the war in the Middle East, rising social tensions, natural disasters, and the bleak prospects for peace in Ukraine - the scientists are anticipated to deliver less than positive news.

Source: Dailymail

Related content