Doomsday Clock, the Judgment Day clock, is a symbolic clock that indicates, in minutes or seconds, how long the entire world has left to live.
The time that separates us from the Apocalypse is established by a pool of experts, scientists and public decision-makers of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, an editorial project that has an informative purpose and collects news, updates and research in the scientific field, dealing with security issues global and public policies.
Under the auspices of the University of Chicago.
The calculations were announced today and the outcome confirms what was declared in 2023:
90 seconds left until the end of the world
The intent of the creators is
to raise public awareness of the existential dangers posed by our own inventions, primarily nuclear weapons and climate change
, and to support actions aimed at mitigating these threats and ensuring a safer future for humanity.
It was created in 1947 by scientists involved in the Manhattan Project, shortly after the development of the atomic bomb.
Initially focused on nuclear threats, but expanded to include climate change in 2007 and other existential threats.
When it was created, in the midst of the Cold War, the clock was set to 11.53pm, seven minutes before midnight.
Since then, the hands have been moved 23 times.
Last year the proximity to midnight was 90 seconds and was the record set since the beginning of this virtual measurement.
Previously, in addition to the 100 seconds of 2022, the minimum distance had been two minutes, achieved on two occasions: once between 1953 and 1960 and then between 2018 and 2020. The maximum distance was 17 minutes, between 1991 (when the Start Agreements were signed) and 1995.