How does the "Doomsday Clock" function? What is it?

How does the "Doomsday Clock" function? What is it?

On Tuesday, atomic scientists rewound the "Doomsday Clock," bringing its hands closer than ever to the prospect of extinction to 90 seconds till midnight.

The doomsday clock is what.

The Doomsday Clock is a clock that symbolizes how quickly the world is coming to an end. The theoretical time of destruction is midnight.

Political unrest, weaponry, technology, climate change, or pandemic diseases are all potential sources of apocalyptic dangers.

Depending on the scientists' assessment of existential risks at a certain moment, the clock's hands are shifted toward or farther away from midnight.

What time is it set?

Based on evidence on catastrophic hazards to the world and mankind, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a non-profit organization with headquarters in Chicago, updates the time every year.

Each year, the position of the clock hands is decided by a board of scientists, nuclear technology specialists, and climate scientists, including 13 Nobel Laureates.

A group of atomic physicists, including Albert Einstein, who had worked on the Manhattan Project to construct the first nuclear weapons during World War Two, devised the clock in 1947.

When was the time?

The "Doomsday Clock" is presently 90 seconds away from midnight, which is the closest it has ever been. Since it was established at 100 seconds before midnight in 2020, it hasn't moved before.

Its scenario portrays a world in which concerns of nuclear war have returned as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The scientists claimed that although not solely responsible for the hands' forward motion, the conflict had a significant role.

The time began to run at seven minutes to midnight more than 75 years ago.

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which significantly decreased both nations' nuclear weapon arsenals, was signed by the United States and the Soviet Union at 17 minutes to midnight in 1991, as the Cold War came to an end.