he Doomsday Clock – used to convey how close the world is from apocalypse – is now standing at just 90 seconds to midnight.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which founded the clock in 1947, said Russia’s war in Ukraine is the main reason the world is “the closest to global catastrophe it has ever been”.
The Doomsday Clock helps to convey threats to humanity and the planet, using midnight to represent the apocalypse.
The clock is set every year by scientists and security experts, in consultation with a board that includes 10 Nobel laureates, and has become universally recognised as an indicator of the world’s vulnerability to global catastrophe caused by manmade technology.
On Tuesday, the Bulletin said: “This year, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moves the hands of the Doomsday Clock forward, largely (though not exclusively) because of the mounting dangers of the war in Ukraine.
“The Clock now stands at 90 seconds to midnight—the closest to global catastrophe it has ever been.”
More to follow.