The important group of nuclear scientists – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – announced, this Tuesday (24/1), that the end of the world is closer than ever. The group created a mechanism to alert the planet about the risks of a potential apocalypse: the “doomsday clock”, or the doomsday clock – in a free translation.
The clock’s logic: the closer the clock’s hands are to midnight, the closer the world will also be to its end. This year, the group of scientists announced that we are 90 seconds away from the end of the world, the closest the doomsday clock has come to midnight since its inception in 1947. A major factor in this were threats from Russia. about using nuclear weapons against Ukraine.
How the doomsday clock works
The clock is considered a good marketing idea to encourage discussion about catastrophic events, but it is not an accurate measure of how much time is left on the planet. Despite the simple explanation, the position of the clock’s hands is determined by a series of complex mathematical calculations that measure the actual probability of events happening.
Among them are nuclear wars, epidemic diseases and climate change. The clock was created shortly after World War II, when scientists, including physicist Albert Einstein, began to worry about the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union.
When the count began, the clock was seven minutes from midnight. In the midst of nuclear tensions, the clock reached two minutes to the end of the world, in 1953.
With the end of the cold war, it went back to 17 minutes. At the beginning of this century with the advance of climate change and nuclear threats in North Korea, he scored two minutes again. In 2021 and 2022, the clock reached 100 seconds to midnight, because of the covid-19 pandemic and the risks of a new arms race.