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The Doomsday Clock explained – closest and farthest away it’s been from midnight
January 27, 2021
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Today we will find out if the Doomsday Clock will move – either closer towards midnight, further away or stay the same.
The symbolic Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 at the onset of the cold war.
According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ website, the Clock is a recognised indicate of the world’s “vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and disruptive technologies in other domains”.
Since its inception the world has faced several worries – including the impact of climate change.
So what’s the closest to midnight it has been since its inception, nearly 74 years ago?
What’s the closest to midnight the Doomsday Clock has ever been?
The closest the Doomsday Clock has ever been to midnight is the time we’re at now – 100 seconds to midnight.
But it remains to be seen whether the Atomic scientists will move the symbolic countdown even closer after today.
In 2020 the Doomsday Clock was moved to the closest point to midnight in its 73-year history.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which founded the symbolic clock in 1945, cited “existential danger” from nuclear war and climate damage.
The clock was moved from two minutes to midnight to 100 seconds – a 20 second advantage.
The decision was made by the group of scientists and security board – in consultations with its board of sponsors.
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In a statement the Scientists said the nuclear and climate dangers are “compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare that undercuts society’s ability to respond”.
It continued: “The international security situation is dire, not just because these threats exist, but because world leaders have allowed the international political infrastructure for managing them to erode.”
It reminds to be seen whether the dismal 2020 we had will mean the clock will be turned even closer to midnight.
When is the farthest away the Doomsday Clock has been to midnight?
The farthest away from midnight the Doomsday Clock has been was in 1991.
This was when the US and Soviet Union signed the first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I), and the Soviet Union dissolved on December 26.
That year it was changed to 17 minutes to midnight, and the time showed 11.43pm.