The doomsday clock never so close to midnight, the hour of the end of time

Doomsday clock never so close to midnight, the hour of the end times


It's 90 seconds to midnight and that means humanity has never been so close to a planetary cataclysm: this was announced on Tuesday, citing in particular the war in Ukraine, the group of scientists managing the doomsday clock, which watches not time, but the end of time.

The “Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists”, in charge of this symbolic project since 1947, unveiled its new schedule at a press conference in Washington, supposed to measure the imminence of a world catastrophe.

It has been advanced by 10 seconds and now marks 90 seconds minus midnight, approaching midnight, the fateful hour that scientists hope will never be reached. This is a record since its creation.

As of 2020, the clock was 100 seconds round from midnight.

“We're moving the clock forward, and it's the closest it's ever been to midnight,” the band said as they unveiled the new schedule, citing in particular, but “not exclusively,” “the growing dangers of the war in Ukraine” and “the increased risk of a nuclear escalation”.

Climate crisis

“We live in times of unprecedented danger, and the doomsday clock represents this reality” , explained Rachel Bronson, the president of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Bringing the schedule forward “is a decision that our experts do not take lightly. The US government, its NATO allies and Ukraine have a myriad of channels for dialogue; we urge leaders to do their utmost to review them all in order to turn back the clock,” she added.

That is why the expert panel statement will be available in English, in Russian and Ukrainian, a first, she said.

In addition to the war in Ukraine and the nuclear danger, the scientists took into account “the continuing threats posed by the climate crisis” as well as the fact that “devastating events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, can no longer be considered as rare events that only happen once in a hundred years.”

The panel also discussed disinformation and surveillance technologies.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was founded in 1945 by Albert Einstein and scientists who worked on the “Manhattan” project, which produced the first atomic bomb. The group sets the new time each year.

The apocalypse clock” is a symbol that measures how close we are to a destruction of the world with dangerous technologies that we have ourselves. even manufactured”, according to the scientists.

Originally, after the Second World War, the clock showed midnight minus 7 minutes. In 1991, at the end of the Cold War, it had dropped to 17 minutes before midnight. In 1953, as well as in 2018 and 2019, it displayed midnight minus 2.