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Is it Doomsday yet?

We’ll find out when the Doomsday Clock is updated this morning (January 24th, 2023) at 10am. How close we are from the end.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will let us know where we stand. We, being all of humanity. Scientists measure the end of the world using the Doomsday clock. It’s a symbolic way of telling us if our actions and the state of the world are moving us closer to the end of humanity, or away from it. We used to measure this amount of time in minutes. For instance in 1991 we were 17 minutes from Doomsday.

The original Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 during the Cold War. It was meant to warn us about the dangers of nuclear war. Now those dangers include technology, climate change and any number of other threats. The clock was originally set at 7 minutes to midnight. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists have since moved it 24 times. In 2015 we were 5 minutes to midnight. Last year in 2022 we were 100 seconds to midnight… for the 3rd year in a row. Or, as the scientists put it, ever so gently… on doom’s doorstep.

Did I mention that midnight is the end? Done-zo. Caput. The final curtain. For everyone.

Now for 2023, the threat posed by climate change has not decreased since last year. If anything, it’s gotten worse. Add in the Russian war with Ukraine and we’re almost certain to have moved closer to midnight this year. Hopefully not. We find out this morning.

Watch the announcement as the Doomsday Clock is updated live HERE at 10am this morning, January 24th, 2023.

The update will also be available to watch on the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists website and Facebook page.

This morning’s speakers include:

* Mary Robinson
First woman president of Ireland; Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chair, The Elders
* Elbegdorj Tsakhia
Former president and prime minister of Mongolia; International campaigner on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, climate change and democracy; Member, The Elders
* Dr. Rachel Bronson
President and CEO, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
* Dr. Sivan Kartha
Senior scientist, Stockholm Environmental Institute; lead author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report; Member, Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
* Dr. Suzet McKinney
Principal and Director of Life Sciences, Sterling Bay; Member, Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
* Dr. Steve Fetter
Dean of the graduate school and professor of public policy, University of Maryland; Fellow, American Physical Society; Member, Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

You can read more about the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the Doomsday Clock HERE, and scroll through the entire timeline HERE.

And good luck to us all.

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