Doomsday clock at just 90 seconds to midnight



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Doomsday clock at just 90 seconds to midnight

The Doomsday Clock ticks only 90 seconds to midnight, or to catastrophe, probably nuclear. With the war in Ukraine and fears of a nuclear tragedy heightened, the hands of the Doomsday Clock were moved forward this year from 100 seconds in 2022, signaling the approaching day of the apocalypse.

Rachel Bronson, the number one of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the organization that annually keeps the pulse of the dangers of a nuclear holocaust, said: "We live in a time of unprecedented danger, and the Doomsday Clock reflects this reality.

The approaching Armageddon is due in large part, but not only, to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the growing risk of a nuclear escalation.The US government, its NATO allies and Ukraine they have multiple channels of dialogue.

We ask leaders to explore them." "The Doomsday Clock is sounding the alarm for all of humanity. We are on the edge of the precipice but our leaders are not acting fast enough to ensure a peaceful and livable planet," denounced the former high commissioner of the UN human rights advocate Mary Robinson.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon added: "It is close to midnight and this shows how the world has become more dangerous in the wake of the pandemic, the climate and Russia's scandalous war in Ukraine." Every year since 1947 its hands tell us how much time humanity has left, with the greatest fears that materialize with the risks that all humanity runs, for everything that happens in the world, between wars, pandemics, nuclear threats and climate crises.

The danger is calculated on the basis of the assumption that midnight represents the end of the world while the minutes (or seconds, as we have seen) that precede it constitute the hypothetical distance from this catastrophic event.

In a nutshell, how much time is left until the Apocalypse. Last year, with the outbreak of war in Ukraine, 100 seconds remained to midnight, a very narrow margin due to international geopolitical tensions that resulted in the conflict between Moscow and Kiev, which foreshadowed a much wider clash between opposing blocs.

In 2020 there was more time left, two minutes: it was the year of the Coronavirus pandemic and man's fragility showed itself in all its dramatic vulnerabilities, between forced isolation, absence of treatment, collapsing hospitals and without the most effective remedies offered from science, the vaccine that then saved millions of lives.