The Doomsday Clock has never been closer to the hour of the apocalypse
The time update of Doomsday Clock, also known as the Apocalypse Clock, has arrived. And never more so than this time, the hands are close to midnight, a time that metaphorically symbolizes the moment when an event (natural disasters, wars, biological threats) takes on such dimensions that it has the potential to inflict irrevocable damage on humanity. This is, of course, a symbolic clock, a metaphor created not to terrorize people but to raise awareness of the problems that endanger our planet and humanity, such as the nuclear threat or climate change. The 2023 update, which took place in January, however, does not bring good news, and this should give us pause. But here, specifically, is what the Doomsday Clock.
How does Doomsday Clock specifically work?
The Doomsday Clock metaphorically measures the distance to a potential end of the world. Midnight represents the moment of apocalypse, while the preceding minutes symbolize the hypothetical distance to such an event. Originally, midnight represented only atomic war, while since 2007 it has referred to any event that may threaten humanity. The clock is not adjusted in real time with respect to current events: the decision to move the hands rests with Science and Security Board of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which shifts the minutes away from midnight usually between mid- and late January.
Doomsday Clock was not always close to midnight
At the time of its creation, during the Cold War, the clock was set at 11:53 p.m., 7 minutes before midnight: since then, the hands have been moved 23 times. The high point was 17 minutes, between 1991 and 1995: in 1991, in fact, the Cold War ended and the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was signed, with the aim of trying to ensure world peace. In contrast, 2023 represents the most critical time since the Doomsday Clock was invented.
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By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter