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2023 Doomsday Clock Set at 90 Seconds to Midnight by Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’

chicago — The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Tuesday that the Doomsday Clock has been set to its earliest time to midnight in its history.

The clock was now set to 90 seconds to midnight, with the war in Ukraine increasing nuclear escalation affecting the decision. The climate crisis and the breakdown of global standards and institutions needed to deal with biological hazards such as COVID-19 are also noted.

The clock is a metaphor for how close humanity is to self-destruction. The hosts of the clock meet annually to discuss resetting the clock based on current world events.

Doomsday Clock is preset to 100 seconds to midnight in 2020.

“We live in a time of unprecedented danger, and the Doomsday Clock reflects that reality,” said Rachel Bronson, PhD, president and CEO, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. “Ninety Seconds to Midnight is the closest the clock has ever been set to midnight, a decision our experts do not take lightly. The United States government and its allies in NATO and Ukraine have many channels for dialogue; and we urge leaders to explore each of them to their fullest potential.” The ability to turn back the clock.”

The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’s Science and Security Board with support from the Bulletin’s Board of Sponsors and is responsible for setting the Doomsday Clock.

Doomsday Clock’s statement on the change reads, “Russia’s war on Ukraine has raised profound questions about how states interact, eroding norms of international behavior that underpin successful responses to a variety of global threats. Worst of all, Russia’s veiled threats to use nuclear weapons are a reminder The world believes that escalation of the conflict – by accident, intent or miscalculation – is a terrible risk. The possibility of the conflict spinning out of anyone’s control remains high … Russia has also brought its war to the Chernobyl and Zaporizhia nuclear sites, violating international protocols and risking the release of radioactive material The International Atomic Energy Agency’s efforts to secure these plants have so far been denied.”

The Doomsday Clock is located in the Bulletin offices at the University of Chicago.

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