The Doomsday Clock was created by a group of nuclear physicists in 1947 and has since been run by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists board at University of Chicago. The clock is a symbol indicating how close the human species is to self-destruction.
Scientists once a year update the indicated time based on information and analysis of threats to the existence of humanity.
They take into account not only the risks of nuclear weapons, but also climate and technology. Tuesday’s change, Euronews concludes, for the first time “reflects a world where Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has revived fears of nuclear war.”
When the clock started ticking in 1947, it showed seven minutes to midnight. The farthest from extinction – as much as 17 minutes before midnight – humanity was in 1991, when the Cold War ended, and the US and the USSR began to reduce the arsenals of nuclear weapons.
Today the Chicago Clock shows that the world has only 90 seconds to midnightwhich means that we are the closest in history to the theoretical point of human doom.
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