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Doomsday Clock Now Indicates 100 Seconds To Midnight

This is the closest the clock has been to midnight hour since 1953

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The science and security board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists disclosed on Thursday that the Doomsday Clock has moved 20 seconds closer to the strike of midnight. This brings the Doomsday Clock to 100 seconds till midnight. Two years ago the minute hand of the Clock was moved to two minutes.

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“It is 100 seconds to midnight,” declared the Bulletin’s president and CEO, Rachel Bronson, at a Washington, D.C., news conference.

This is the closest the Doomsday Clock has been to the midnight hour since the beginning of the 1947 cold war.

“The Doomsday Clock is a globally recognized indicator of the vulnerability of our existence,” said former Irish President Mary Robinson. “It’s a striking metaphor for the precarious state of the world, but most frighteningly, it’s a metaphor backed by rigorous scientific scrutiny.”

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which is made up of 13 Nobel laureates, uses the Doomsday Clock to acknowledge existential threat levels and serve as a warning.

The Doomsday Clock was set to two minutes to midnight in 1953 when the U.S. tested its first hydrogen bomb and Soviet Union rushed to follow suit. However, the collapse of Soviet Union and the end of Cold War in 1991 saw the Clock move back to 17 minutes. The Clock has never achieved this milestone again.

“What you’re hearing,” Former California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown said, “is really the voices of the prophets of doom. Speaking of danger and destruction is never very easy — if you speak the truth, people will not want to listen, because it’s too awful and it makes you sound like a crackpot.”

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