It is 90 seconds to midnight and this means that humanity has never been so close to a planetary cataclysm: this was announced on Tuesday, citing in particular the war in Ukraine, the group of scientists managing the apocalypse clock, which watches not time, but the end of time.
The “Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists”, responsible for this symbolic project since 1947, unveiled its new schedule at a press conference in Washington, supposed to measure the imminence of a global catastrophe.
It has been brought forward by 10 seconds and now marks midnight minus 90 seconds, thus approaching midnight, the fateful hour which he hopes never to see reached.
Since 2020, the clock has been 100 seconds round from midnight, a record since its creation.
“We’re moving the clock forward, and it’s the closest it’s ever been to midnight,” the band said as they unveiled the new schedule, citing in particular, but “not exclusively,” “the growing dangers of the war in Ukraine”.
Originally, after the Second World War, the clock showed midnight minus 7 minutes. In 1991, at the end of the Cold War, it had dropped to 17 minutes before midnight. In 1953, as well as in 2018 and 2019, it displayed midnight minus 2.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was founded in 1945 by Albert Einstein and scientists who worked on the “Manhattan” project, which produced the first atomic bomb. The group of experts sets the new time each year.
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