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The doomsday clock, also known as the doomsday clock, has just reached its closest point to midnight. This Tuesday (24), the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago, USA, announced that there are only 90 seconds left for total chaos.
Between 2019 and 2022, the clock hand remained 100 seconds from midnight. At the time, the short distance was justified by climate change, misinformation and, since 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, he has advanced a little further.
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia was added to the factors already mentioned, in addition to other possible biological threats, which could cause new pandemics. The decision to move the clock forward was made by the Science and Safety Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists with support from the Bulletin Board of Sponsors, which includes 10 Nobel laureates.
The doomsday clock was created in 1947 with the aim of alerting the public to the growing nuclear danger accompanying rising tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. The imminence of the atomic bomb put the world 7 minutes away from its end.
Now the hands are even closer to midnight than they were during the Cold War. In 1953, after the US successfully tested its first hydrogen bomb, the clock was set to two minutes to go.
We weren’t always so close to the end. The clock was turned back in 1991, when the US and EU signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. At the time, we were 17 minutes away from the collapse.