Reference News Network reported on January 26 According to a report by Agence France-Presse on January 24, the team of scientists who manage the “Doomsday Clock” announced on the 24th that it is now 90 seconds to midnight, which means that humans have never been so close to a global catastrophe. They are not monitoring time, but the end of time.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which has run the symbolic project since 1947, unveiled the new time setting, which measures the approaching global catastrophe, at a news conference in Washington.
The hands advanced 10 seconds and now mark 90 seconds to midnight, one step closer to the inevitable moment that scientists hope will never be reached. The current pointer position has set a record. Since 2020, the hands have stopped at 100 seconds before midnight.
“This is the closest we’ve ever been to midnight,” the team of scientists said in announcing the new pointer’s position.
“Escalation of the Russia-Ukraine conflict – whether by accident, deliberation or error – is a dire risk. The potential for a conflict to spiral out of control remains high,” they warned.
Rachel Bronson, president of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said: “We live in unprecedentedly dangerous times, and the ‘Doomsday Clock’ represents that reality.”
She added that it was a decision “that our experts do not take lightly. There are many avenues of dialogue between the US government, its NATO allies and Ukraine; we urge leaders to do their best to examine all these issues and try to turn back time”.
Thus, for the first time, the statement of the Group of Experts was published in English, Russian and Ukrainian.
Beyond the Russia-Ukraine conflict and nuclear danger, the scientists considered “the ongoing threat posed by the climate crisis” and that “a devastating event like the COVID-19 pandemic can no longer be considered a once-in-a-century event.”
On the other hand, according to Russia’s Lianta.com, Russian Federal Security Council Vice Chairman Medvedev told RIA Novosti that the leaders of the United States and Germany should prevent the “nuclear clock” from ticking forward.
Medvedev called U.S. President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Scholz “clockmakers” and called on them to stop the “nuclear clock” from ticking forward. “They need to understand that the Ukrainian hands on this clock are rusted,” he said in response to a question about what would need to be done to turn the clock back.