The Doomsday Clock is EVER closer to the end of the world from just 100 seconds to midnight

THE DOOMSDAY The clock will stay at 100 seconds until midnight for the third year of operation.

Staying in place means that watch keepers believe the apocalypse threat is as bad as it has been in the past 24 months.

The clock will stay the same as it was two years ago at 100 seconds until midnight


The clock will stay the same as it was two years ago at 100 seconds until midnight

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists held a virtual live press conference today to reveal when they think the world will end.

This year, the world is considered “no more safe than last year” and the clock will stay at 100 seconds until midnight.

Speakers include Hank Green, Herb Lin, Professor Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, Scott Sagan and Sharon Squassoni.

Two questions arise as scientists make decisions – is humanity safer or more at risk than it was last year, and is humanity safer or at greater risk than it has been in the past 75 years?

Dr Bronson said there are “several bright spots and many worrying trends” being considered for 2022 watches.

Dr Rachel Bronson said: “Because humans have created these threats, we can reduce them.

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The Doomsday countdown clock – serves as a metaphor for the global apocalypse – taking into account the emergence of threats such as war and the impact of Covid, as well as advances in biotechnology and intelligence artificial.

Monitors said they considered factors this year such as the prolonged pandemic, the proliferation of nuclear weapons in Iran, China and North Korea, and state-sponsored disinformation campaigns. and breakthrough technologies.

In 2021, there is much speculation about where the next world war could break out given the relationship between Western allies like the US, UK and their Eastern rivals Russia, Iran, China China and North Korea become more tense than ever.

We were close to midnight when?

The Doomsday Clock debuted in 1947 at seven minutes to midnight – but the outlook got worse over time

  • In 1953, the clock lost five minutes because at that time the US and the Soviet Union were testing nuclear weapons.
  • In 1963, clocks went back to those five minutes because the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Test Ban Treaty in part to limit their testing.
  • By 1968, France and China developed nuclear weapons and took away 5 minutes
  • In the early 1970s, five minutes were returned after three treaties were signed regarding nuclear weapons
  • However, when India tested a nuclear device in 1974, three minutes were taken
  • In 1981, six minutes were lost during the height of the nuclear arms race between the US and the Soviet Union
  • In 1991, more treaties were signed and the panel awarded 14 minutes
  • By 1998 when both India and Pakistan tested nuclear weapons as well as the US increased military spending, the total of 8 minutes had been eliminated.
  • In 2002, two more minutes were taken away because of 9/11
  • In 2007, two minutes were lost again as North Korea tested a nuclear weapon and Iran’s nuclear ambitions became murky.
  • 2017 was the first time that the dashboard took less than a minute because it only took 30 seconds

There are also flash points of the escalating conflict between North Korea and the US seen in the 1990s and as the rhetoric between Kim-Jong Un and Donald Trump escalated.

It came as the intelligence chiefs warned Russia can invade Ukraine in late January with a massive offensive involving 100,000 troops and thousands of tanks on ten fronts.

Also to be considered is the conflict in Iraq between Iranian and US forces that “increased” following Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal in 2018.

Countdown was founded in 1947 by experts at the bulletin who were working on the Manhattan Project to design and build the first atomic bomb.

It started at seven minutes to midnight but the outlook has worsened in recent years.

As the time nears midnight, the world is considered to be on the verge of disaster.

In 2020, the clock takes 20 secondspush it to the nearest midnight – and global catastrophe – it has ever happened.

Last year, staying at 100 seconds, closest to midnight was the second year of operation amid the devastating effects of the global Covid pandemic.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has spent the past six months debating the decision with the Bulletin’s Board of Trustees, which includes 13 Nobel laureates.

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