Doomsday Clock Stays at 90 Seconds to Midnight

World | January 24, 2024, Wednesday // 17:00|  views

Nuclear specialists have chosen to keep the hands of the Doomsday Clock unchanged at 90 seconds before midnight, a symbolic representation of the hypothetical point of global destruction. This precarious position, mirroring last year's setting, underscores the world's vulnerability to imminent catastrophe, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

The decision to maintain the clock's proximity to midnight is fueled by a range of alarming factors, including Russia's nuclear actions during its invasion of Ukraine, Israel's military operations in Gaza, and the escalating impacts of climate change. The Doomsday Clock, created by the Chicago-based non-governmental organization, benchmarks catastrophic risks annually, encompassing nuclear threats, climate crises, and the advent of disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence and biotechnology.

A panel of scientists and experts, featuring 13 Nobel laureates, evaluates global events and determines the clock's positioning. Rachel Bronson, President and CEO of the Bulletin, emphasized that the world is grappling with conflict hotspots carrying the potential for nuclear escalation, the tangible consequences of climate change, and the swift advancement of disruptive technologies, all of which outpace protective measures.

While the clock's hands remaining unchanged might not indicate stability, it serves as a stark warning to humanity. The Chicago-based nonprofit established the Doomsday Clock in 1947, co-founded by luminaries like Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer, with the primary goal of alerting the public to the precariousness of humanity's proximity to potential global destruction. As the world grapples with multifaceted threats, the frozen position of the clock urges a collective and urgent response to safeguard the future of the planet.


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