The doomsday clock has moved closer to midnight. The clock’s hand is now 90 seconds from midnight, marking the reminder that Earth is closer to destruction.
It is now #90SecondsToMidnight.
— Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (@BulletinAtomic) January 24, 2023
What is the Doomsday Clock?
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists created the clock in 1947. The clock tells the time of destruction, with midnight representing the time at which Earth will be uninhabitable for humanity. However, the clock is not factual when timing world-ending threats. The time is moved manually by man and is instead used to give a clearer picture or start the conversation surrounding topics that threaten humanity, such as climate change and nuclear threats. As of now, the clock has never reached midnight. If it ever does reach midnight, this means a nuclear exchange or climate change has wiped out humanity.
Why was the clock hand moved?
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists continues to control the Doomsday Clock since its creation. On Tuesday, the collective group of scientists moved the clock stating that the reason was because of Russia’s attack on Ukraine. It also said threats caused by the climate crisis and the lack of reduced risks associated with biological threats like Covid. This is the first time the clock has moved in two years. From 2020 through 2022, the clock remained at 100 seconds. In a press release, the group of scientists urged the nation’s leaders to sit down and have an open dialogue to avoid the unthinkable before it is too late.