The symbolic Doomsday Clock, which represents how close humanity is to self-destruction, has been set at a record low. The hand was moved by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, who run the clock, to 100 seconds before midnight – a.k.a the apocalypse. It is largely down to what the Bulletin call ‘worldwide governmental dysfunction in dealing with global threats’ including nuclear warfare and climate change. Before 2020, the closest the hand was set to midnight was two minutes, in 1953, after the United States and the Soviet Union each tested their first thermonuclear weapons within six months of one another. It dropped again to two minutes in 2018, largely due to nuclear risk and the rising threat of climate change.
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