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Scientists tick the doomsday clock 10 seconds past midnight

Scientists tick the doomsday clock 10 seconds past midnight

Bulletin of the Nuclear Scientists Citing climate change, biological hazards and the war in Ukraine, the world’s doomsday clock moved closer by 10 seconds to midnight on Tuesday.

The clock sits at 90 seconds to midnight, marking the closest the clock has even marked midnight. The group of scientists periodically updates the clock keeping in view the global events.

The last time the clock struck was in 2020 when it was set at 100 seconds to midnight.

“We are living in a time of unprecedented danger, and the timing of the Doomsday Clock reflects that reality,” said Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. โ€œNinety seconds to midnight is the closest the clock is set to midnight, and it is a decision our experts do not take lightly. The US government, its NATO allies, and Ukraine have plenty of room for dialogue. There are channels; we urge leaders to explore their full potential to turn back the clock.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists stated that Russia’s use of “thinly veiled threats to use nuclear weapons” increased the world’s risk.

“There is a possibility that the conflict could spiral out of anyone’s control,” the Bulletin of the Nuclear Scientists said in a statement.

The group said that “there is no clear path to establishing a peace that discourages future aggression under the shadow of nuclear weapons.”

The group said the war also undermined cooperation on climate change efforts.

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