The clock is now the closest its ever been to midnight, indicating humanity is closer to apocalypse than it's been since the clock's creation in 1947.
"It is 100 seconds to midnight".
The Doomsday Clock reads 100 seconds to midnight, a decision made by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, during an announcement at the National Press Club, in Washington, on January 23, 2020.
Based on a cursory glance, the trending comments from Twitter users in response to the dire news shows many people reacting with comedic memes, GIFS, and jokes. The clock (which, by the way, does not exist physically-you can't go visit it, which would probably be the most existentially distressing long weekend one could plan) is meant to remind us that global catastrophe has been just around the proverbial corner from the moment our species entered its nuclear age.
In a statement accompanying the clock's advance, the organization said the nuclear and climate dangers "are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare that undercuts society's ability to respond".
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When the Clock was created in 1947, the greatest threat to humanity was nuclear war as the United States and Soviet Union were headed into a nuclear arms race. He added that governments across the globe have normalized a unsafe world in terms of the risks of nuclear warfare and climate change.
Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, cited worsening nuclear and climate crises as the causes to inch the time forward.
Recently, thePentagon's No. 2 general said North Korea is 'building new missiles. new weapons as fast as anybody on the planet.' Earlier this month, state news agency KCNA reported that Kim told his government officials that North Korea should no longer feel bound by its self-imposed halt on nuclear weapons and long-range missile testing. Iran retaliated with a strike of its own, firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles at Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops. It's a move that violates the nuclear agreement Tehran signed with other world powers in 2015. If this doesn't show us climate change is here, then I don't know what will.
"Wildfires raged from the Arctic to Australia", he said.
So what can we do to set the Clock back? .
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The hands on the clock have been moved on 24 occasions over the decades and were set at two minutes to midnight for the past two years.
The clock was introduced in 1967 and is a symbolic representation of how close humanity is to destroying civilization.
Ban said that from the USA withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal to deadlock at nuclear disarmament talks and divisions in the UN Security Council, "our mechanisms for collaboration are being undermined when we need them most".
The clock was farthest from midnight in 1991, when it was moved back to 17 minutes after the USA and Soviet Union signed the first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
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