Tick-Tock: What the Heck is Doomsday Clock and Why It’s Still 2 Min Till Armageddon?

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The Doomsday Clock is still two minutes to midnight as it was in 2018, closest since the Cold War.

Here’s what you need about the Doomsday Clock and learn whether there is a real threat of nuclear war on Nexter.org.

What’s the Doomsday Clock?

The Doomsday Clock is a symbol which represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe.

Maintained since 1947 by the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board, the Clock represents an analogy for the threat of global nuclear war.

Source: AP

We’re still two minutes from annihilation

In 2019, Doomsday Clock hasn’t moved and remains still at 2 minutes till midnight.

The Independent reports that “researchers stressed that the decision to keep the clock the same did not mean people should relax. In fact, it reflects the “new abnormal” they said – a disturbing state of affairs where an unstable and unsettling state of affairs is becoming ordinary.”

“Humanity now faces two simultaneous existential threats, either of which would be cause for extreme concern and immediate attention,” they added.

“These major threats—nuclear weapons and climate change—were exacerbated this past year by the increased use of information warfare to undermine democracy around the world, amplifying risk from these and other threats and putting the future of civilization in extraordinary danger.”

Tick-Tock in 2018

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced the symbolic Doomsday Clock a notch closer to the end of humanity Thursday, Jan. 25, moving it ahead by 30 seconds after what the organization called a “grim assessment” of the state of geopolitical affairs.

“As of today,” Bulletin president Rachel Bronson told reporters, “it is two minutes to midnight” — as close as the world has ever been to the hour of the apocalypse.

The main reason for such a decision, as the group cited, is “the failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with looming threats of nuclear war and climate change.”

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Source: AP

The organization — which has 15 Nobel laureates on its board — now believes “the world is not only more dangerous now than it was a year ago; it is as threatening as it has been since World War II,” Bulletin officials Lawrence M. Krauss and Robert Rosner wrote in an op-ed published Thursday by The Washington Post.

“In fact, the Doomsday Clock is as close to midnight today as it was in 1953 when Cold War fears perhaps reached their highest levels.”

The doomsday clock was last updated on Jan. 26, 2017 to stand at two-and-a-half minutes to midnight, inching closer to midnight largely because of Trump’s election.


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