Armageddon (the end of the earth) is closest to Russia’s war in Ukraine and the specter of using nuclear weapons, the Society of Nuclear Scientists said on the 24th (local time). The doomsday clock, published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, left only 90 seconds until midnight, a further 10 seconds off the previous 100 seconds.
“We are really close to the day of destruction,” former Mongolian president Elbegdorj Chakia said in an annual presentation in the Bulletin of Nuclear Scientists on the same day. He and former Irish President Mary Robinson, along with scientists, highlighted several existential threats, including the actions and words of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“People and scientists are warning us and we must wake up now,” he said.
The Society of Nuclear Scientists first created the Doomsday Clock in 1947 to symbolize the possibility that people would do something to end the human race. The doomsday clock, which had been delayed until 17 minutes before midnight after the end of the Cold War, was advanced to just 1 minute and 30 seconds this time, bringing it closest to midnight. A few years ago, counting the number of hours left until midnight was changed from minutes to seconds.
Rachel Bronson, president of the Bulletin of Nuclear Scientists, said, “The message is that the situation is getting more urgent. Crises are more likely to occur and will have far-reaching consequences and longer-lasting impacts.”
The Society of Nuclear Scientists presented the doomsday clock movement for the first time in both Russian and Ukrainian to highlight the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian war in bringing the world closer.
“Putin continues to raise the specter of nuclear use,” said Steve Peter, professor of public policy and dean of the University of Maryland Graduate School. “Putin has shown no sign that he is willing to accept defeat. He may make a desperate move if he cannot accept defeat.”
The publication in the Bulletin of Nuclear Scientists also warned scientists and activists about China’s proliferation of nuclear weapons, Iran’s increasing uranium enrichment, North Korea’s missile tests, future epidemics from animal diseases, pathogens from laboratory mistakes, “disruptive technologies” and deterioration. climate change as other existential threats to humanity.