Researchers Call Earth Getting Closer to Doomsday

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Friday, January 27 2023 – 09:44 WIB

LIVE Digital – The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists of Tuesday, January 24, 2023 says the world is closer to annihilation than it has ever been since the first nuclear bomb was released at the end of World War II. The time on the Doomsday Clock moves forward from 100 seconds to midnight to 90 seconds to midnight.

It is a rearrangement of what has come to be known as the Doomsday Clock, a decades-long project of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists featuring a watch face where midnight represents Armageddon.

Between Russia’s nuclear meltdown in its war on Ukraine, the apparent threat of climate change becoming ever more dire and lingering fears about the possibility of a human-caused pandemic encroaching on areas that were once wild, the Bulletin chose to set the clock closest to midnight.

“The world is facing a storm of extinction-level consequences, exacerbated by Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. It explains recent progress,” said Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“The threat is even more acute, and the failure of leadership is even more damning. We live today in a world of intertwined crises, each illustrating leaders’ reluctance to act in the long-term interests of their people,” he added.

The Bulletin was founded in 1945 by Albert Einstein and University of Chicago scientists who helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project.

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Two years later they launched the clock as a way to warn humanity how close the world was to a nuclear apocalypse.


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