With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the specter of using nuclear weapons, Earth has come closest to Armageddon, a science-oriented advocacy group says, moving its famous “Doomsday Clock” it went up just 90 seconds before midnight.
With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the specter of using nuclear weapons, Earth has come closest to Armageddon, a science-oriented advocacy group says, moving its famous “Doomsday Clock” by it’s only 90 seconds before midnight.
“We are actually getting closer to that apocalypse,” former Mongolian president Elbegdorj Tsakhia said Tuesday at the annual announcement of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists assessing how close the species has come. People. He and former Irish President Mary Robinson joined scientists to highlight what they see as a set of several existential threats, with the actions and words of Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the top. among them.
“People and scientists are warning we and we have to wake up now,” he said.
The advocacy group started using watches in 1947 to symbolize human potential and ability to do something to end humanity. It moves the clock 10 seconds closer than last year, bringing it closest to 12. It’s been 17 minutes since midnight after the end of the Cold War but over the past few years the team has changed from counting down one by one. minutes to midnight to countdown every second.
The end of the world hasn’t happened yet.
“We are sending a message that the situation is becoming more urgent,” Bulletin President Rachel Bronson said at the announcement online. “Crisis is more likely to happen and has broader consequences and longer lasting effects.”
And to emphasize the impact that the Russian invasion on Ukraine moving closer to the theoretical apocalypse, the team says it also published the watch movement in Russian and Ukrainian for the first time.
“Putin has repeatedly raised his obsession with nuclear use,” said Steve Fetter, graduate school dean and professor of public policy at the University of Maryland.
“Putin has given no indication that he is willing to accept defeat,” Fetter said. “He may take desperate steps if there are no other options that he considers acceptable.”
Scientists and activists at the News release also addressed the proliferation of nuclear weapons in ChinaIran ramps up uranium enrichment, missile tests in North KoreaFuture pandemics caused by animal diseases, pathogens from laboratory errors, “disruptive technologies” and worsening climate change are other existential threats to humanity.