‘Highest Ever Threat Level’: Doomsday Clock Moves 30 Seconds to Midnight as West Arms Ukraine

The Doomsday Clock has moved to 30 seconds to midnight, the highest ever threat level in history, as Western nations send tanks and military hardware to Ukraine.

The symbolic clock is said to mark how close the human race is to complete annihilation because of our own actions.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) said the clock moved, in large part, because of the war in Ukraine and the US decision to send 31 Abrams M1 tanks to Kyiv.

The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 to warn humanity of the dangers of nuclear war.

BBC reports: The hands of the clock are moved closer to or further away from midnight based on the scientists’ reading of existential threats at a particular time. Midnight marks the theoretical point of global annihilation.

The decision is made by the BAS science and security board, which includes 13 Nobel Laureates. This year the announcement was made available in Ukrainian and Russian as well as English, due to the war in Ukraine.

The board stated that the war has raised profound questions on how nations interact, as well as an apparent downfall in international conduct.

“Russia’s thinly veiled threats to use nuclear weapons remind the world that escalation of the conflict – by accident, intention, or miscalculation – is a terrible risk,” it said.

The other threats mentioned this year include climate change, biological threats and disruptive technologies.

“The war’s effects are not limited to an increase in nuclear danger; they also undermine global efforts to combat climate change,” said the statement.

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