Doomsday Clock is now set at 90 seconds to midnight, 10 second less than in 2022, making it the closest prediction ever on the impending apocalyptic annihilation of the universe.
The likelihood that Russian President Vladimir Putin may use nuclear weapons in the war he waged on Ukraine is the main reason for moving the clock 10 seconds forward this year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said in a statement.
Other reasons such as climate crisis and COVID-19 also affected the clock’s timing this year.
Dr. Suzet McKinney, principal and director of life sciences at Chicago real estate developer Sterling Bay, said: “COVID-19 can no longer be considered rare, once-in-a-century occurrences.”
Dr. Rachel Bronson, president and chief executive of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, explained that the “point of the clock is to assess where humanity is, and whether we are safer or at greater risk.”
The Doomsday Clock, found in 1947, is a symbolic representation of the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe, in the opinion of the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.