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Doomsday Clock Is Now 100 Seconds To Midnight — The Closest It's Ever Been

Doomsday Clock Is Now 100 Seconds To Midnight — The Closest It's Ever Been

It is worth noting if doomsday does arrive, it is not because of a global plague we did not see coming, or an asteroid hitting the earth. It will be because of our own choices where every day, we are inching towards a global suicide.

The Doomsday clock is a visual representation of the probable threats that the planet and mankind are facing. This year, scientists moved the clock from two minutes to midnight to hundred seconds and it has been the closest to midnight since the Cold War, reported Time. This new symbolic time was announced on Thursday by the Atomic Scientists.



 

 

In a press conference in Washington, the organization said they moved the clock 20 seconds closer to midnight and it is the closest it has been to apocalypse than ever. They also pointed out that it is because of a "new willingness of political leaders to reject the negotiations and institutions that can protect civilization over the long term. In so doing, board members are explicitly warning leaders and citizens around the world that the international security situation is now more dangerous than it has ever been, even at the height of the Cold War."



 

 

The clock has been set to midnight since 1953 when both the U.S. and the Soviet Union were testing hydrogen bombs. When the Cold War ended, the clock was set 17 minutes from midnight. The board of Atomic Scientists said, "The fact that the Doomsday Clock now sits at a mere 100 seconds from midnight signals really bad news indeed. What we have called the new abnormal last year a 'dismal state of affairs' in the realm of nuclear security and climate change, now has become an apparently enduring, disturbing reality where things are not getting better."



 

The clock was created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947 and it evaluates scientific and technological advancements. It is decided by the scientific organization along with a board of sponsors if the clock's minute hand will be moved every year or not. The board is made up of more than a dozen Nobel laureates, according to the organization.



 

Rachel Bronson, President, and CEO of the Bulletin said, "The world has entered the realm of the two-minute warning when danger is high and vigilance is low. If decision-makers fail to act, citizens around the world should rightfully echo the words of [climate activist and TIME Person of the Year] Greta Thunberg: ‘How dare you?'”



 

 

A large number of factors were taken into consideration when this year's announcement was made including the US withdrawal in August from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with Russia. The decision to move the clock was made in November 2019. Sharon Sasquoni, research professor at The George Washington University and a member of the Bulletin’s board added, "Since the United States withdrew from the nuclear agreement, Iran has been steadily stepping up its nuclear activity. In North Korea, there had been hope that Mr. Trump’s unorthodox approach might bring the country to the negotiating table. But now, [President] Kim [Jong-un] has said his country would demonstrate a new nuclear capability and he would press ahead even without sanctions relief.”



 

It is worth noting if doomsday does arrive, it is not because of a global plague we did not see coming, or an asteroid hitting the earth. It will be because of our own choices where every day, we are inching towards a global suicide. 

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