Doomsday Clock remains at 100 seconds to midnight – closest ever to apocalypse

The doomsday clock has stayed at 100 seconds and remains as close as midnight for the second year in a row.

Maintaining last year’s dismal record means the perceived threat of the global apocalypse has not cooled off in the past 12 months – citing the nuclear holocaust and climate change as a real threat to humanity, not Covid.

Citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as one of the reasons behind this year’s census, Rachel Bronson, president and executive director of the Nuclear Scientists’ Bulletin, said, “We recognize that humanity continues to suffer when the Covid-19 pandemic is all over World spreads.

“The pandemic has shown how unprepared and unwilling countries and the international system are to properly handle global emergencies.

“In this time of real crisis, governments around the world have too often assumed responsibility, ignored scientific advice, failed to work together to communicate effectively and, as a result, failed to protect the health and well-being of their citizens.”

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The somewhat symbolic measure calls for the nonprofit group that the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists meets annually to decide whether the events of the past year have brought humanity and the planet closer to the brink of destruction or further away.

How close we are to “Judgment Day” is literally represented by how close the clock – or humanity is to “midnight” or the sealing of their terrible fate.

The further the clock is from midnight, the safer the world is.

And today at 3 p.m., the scientists made their announcement of the doomsday clock 2021 – they decided whether to move the hand a tick closer.

Today's panel of the Bulletin of Nuclear Scientists

They decided to narrow it down to the dangerously close 100 seconds to midnight as the pandemic showed how “unprepared” the world is to tackle “complex and dangerous challenges” like the remaining nuclear threat and climate change.

Scientists said that when the apocalypse is announced today, humanity is still closer than ever.

in the published a long and detailed explanation on their websiteThe bulletin’s scientists said, “Humanity continues to suffer as the pandemic spreads around the world.

“In 2020 alone, this novel disease killed 1.7 million people and made at least 70 million more sick.

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“The pandemic has shown how unprepared and unwilling countries and the international system are to properly handle global emergencies.

“Too often at this time of real crisis, governments have taken responsibility, ignored scientific advice, failed to cooperate or communicated effectively, and as a result failed to protect the health and well-being of their citizens.

“As a result, many hundreds of thousands of people died unnecessarily.”

However, the scientists said that while the pandemic was “massively fatal” it was not an “existential threat”.

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They said it will not “wipe out civilization” but serve as a “historic wake-up call,” a vivid example of national governments and international organizations not being prepared to deal with nuclear weapons and climate change, which are currently an existential threat to humanity represent. or the other dangers, including more virulent pandemics and next generation warfare, that could threaten civilization in the near future. “

The scientists warned that nuclear programs were accelerating in several countries, and this “put the world in a less stable and manageable area” last year.

Regarding the turbulent US presidency of Donald Trump, the statement aroused fear of “miscalculations in times of tension” in the use of nuclear weapons.

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“Events like the deadly attack on the US Capitol earlier this month have raised legitimate concerns about national leaders who have sole control over the use of nuclear weapons,” the statement added.

“However, nuclear education has ignored or undermined practical and available diplomatic and safety tools for managing nuclear risks.

“We believe the world’s potential to stumble into nuclear war, a ubiquitous threat for the past 75 years, has increased in 2020. An extremely dangerous global failure to address existential threats in what we termed a ‘new abnormality” in 2019 last year he intensified his influence on the nuclear sector and increased the likelihood of a disaster. “

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The scientists added that governments “have not adequately addressed climate change either”.

A pandemic-induced economic slowdown temporarily reduced the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming, she added, but warned that “fossil fuel consumption must fall dramatically over the next decade if the worst effects of climate change are to be avoided”.

However, the development and production of fossil fuels is likely to increase, despite the fact that greenhouse gases hit a record high in 2020 – one of the two warmest years in existence.

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The massive forest fires in America and Australia in America and Australia in 2020 are “examples of the great devastation that will only increase if governments do not significantly and quickly step up efforts to bring greenhouse gas emissions to essentially zero” warn you.

Regarding the clock, which remains at the same time as last year, the scientists warn that “the existential threats from nuclear weapons and climate change have increased in recent years due to one threat multiplier: the ongoing corruption of the information ecosphere, about democracy and public decisions are made – making depends on it. “

The Covid-19 pandemic should be a “wake-up call,” it says, as having “false and misleading information spread over the Internet – including misrepresenting the severity of Covid-19, promoting bogus remedies, and politicizing inexpensive protective measures such as face masks.” caused social chaos in many countries and led to unnecessary death. “

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The scientists gave their reasons for not setting the clock closer to midnight, saying that they are seeing some “positive developments” “in the middle of the dark.”

This includes “the election of a US president who recognizes climate change as a profound threat and supports international cooperation and scientifically sound policy” – a reference to the new US Supreme Commander Joe Biden.

In the meantime, Biden has also “offered to extend the new START arms control agreement with Russia by five years,” they emphasize.

The cover of the March / April 2002 issue of the bulletin of atomic scientists according to the pointers of the

The Bulletin of Nuclear Scientists added that in the context of a post-pandemic return to relative stability around the world, more such “demonstrations of renewed interest in and respect for science and multilateral cooperation could lay the groundwork for a safer and more reasonable world.” . “

However, since these developments have not yet brought significant advances towards a safer world, they are not enough to move the clock away from midnight, the scientist said.

“But they are positive, weighing the profound dangers of institutional decline, scientific denialism, aggressive nuclear attitudes and disinformation campaigns that were discussed in our 2020 statement,” they added.

“The members of the Science and Safety Committee therefore set the doomsday clock to 100 seconds until midnight, closer than ever to the apocalypse at the end of civilization and at the same time that we set in 2020.”

Dr. Asha M. George, member of the Science and Safety Committee, Bulletin of Nuclear Scientists and Executive Director of the non-partisan Commission on Biological Defense, spoke at the panel today

Dr. Susan Solomon, Science and Safety Committee member, Bulletin of Nuclear Scientists; Lee and Geraldine Martin, professor of environmental studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, were also on the panel

It is deeply unfortunate that the global response to the pandemic over the past year has explicitly confirmed many of the concerns we have raised for decades. “

The scientists were optimistic and concluded by saying that they “continue to believe that humans can cope with the dangers of modern technology even in times of crisis”.

They warn, however, that if national leaders are to avoid an existential catastrophe and one that “dwarfs” everything they have seen, “disinformation, attention to science, and working together to reduce global risks.” have to fight far better “. “

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“They urge people around the world” to organize, through public protests, at ballot boxes and in other creative ways, and demand that their governments re-prioritize and work together nationally and internationally to address the risk of nuclear war and climate change to decrease. and other global disasters, including pandemic.

“We have seen the consequences of inaction. It is time to react,” they add.

As it was before 3 p.m., the time on the doomsday clock shows 100 seconds to midnight. Last year the bulletin gave the watch a pessimistic boost, reported DailyStar.

Dr. Steve Fetter, Board Member for Science and Safety, Bulletin of Nuclear Scientists; Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, hosted the panel today

In 2020, the clock went from two minutes to midnight – to just 100 seconds to midnight – closer than ever before.

The Doomsday Clock was launched in 1947 by the non-profit Bulletin of Atomic Scientists as a symbol of how close we are to the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe.

Back then, they wanted to show how close the world is to nuclear war.

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At that time, the Chicago Atomic Scientists put the clock with the hand seven minutes to midnight on the cover of their diary, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Since 2007 the watch has also taken into account the effects of climate change on the world.

The organization said last year, “The watch has become a widely accepted indicator of global vulnerability to disasters from nuclear weapons, climate change and disruptive technologies in other areas.”

Dr. Leon Lederman, an internationally recognized high energy physicist, sets the hands of the Doomsday Clock on February 27, 2002 at the University of Chicago two minutes to midnight

Today’s announcement included former California Governor Jerry Brown, former Liberia President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Hiroshima Prefecture Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki.

But before you pack your apocalypse bag, remember that the bulletin can’t really know how close we are to doom.

Instead, the clock measures how concerned the board members of Atomic Scientists’ Bulletin are with a global catastrophe. This is based on the general state of the world.

And it doesn’t just have to go down the path.

While the clock was nearing doom for the most part over the past decade, it was set to 17 minutes to midnight on its most optimistic setting in 1991 – an improvement over the seven minutes to midnight it was set to when it started in 1947.

Today we found out if the group of scientists believed we were closer to the Apocalypse, further away from it, or if our dangerous situation was to just stay the same.

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