‘Doomsday Clock’ moves closer to midnight amid Ukraine war

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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on Tuesday set its symbolic “Doomsday Clock” closer to midnight than ever before, noting threats of nuclear war, disease and climate volatility had been exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The time on the clock was moved to 90 seconds to midnight for 2023. Midnight is supposed to symbolize the end of humanity.

The change in the clock comes after three COVID pandemic-assisted years at a previous record of 100 seconds to midnight.

The group said it was bringing the time closer to midnight “due largely but not exclusively to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the increased risk of nuclear escalation.”

Why is the ‘Doomsday Clock’ moving closer to midnight?
Rachel Bronson, the Bulletin’s president and CEO said at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday, “Russia’s thinly-veiled threats to use nuclear weapons remind the world that escalation of the conflict — by accident, intention or miscalculation — is a terrible risk. The possibilities that the conflict could spin out of anyone’s control remains high.”

The group, whose roots can be traced back to the design and use of the first nuclear weapons, also said that fighting around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant and the exclusion zone around the disused Chernobyl meltdown site exacerbated the atomic risks.

 

 

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