The Doomsday Clock is about to be updated, announcing how near the world is to apocalypse.
The clock was previously hovering at 100 seconds to midnight, the hour representing a man-made global catastrophe.
But after a year of the coronavirus pandemic, humanity could now be the closest it's ever been to complete disaster.
The Doomsday Clock is a symbol which represents how close we are to the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe.
It was created by the nonprofit Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in 1947 as a way of communicating how close the world was to nuclear war at the time.
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The Chicago Atomic Scientists put the clock with its hand set seven minutes to midnight on the cover of their journal, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
The clock shows how close humanity is to “midnight", or to sealing its dire fate. Obviously, the further the clock is from midnight, the safer the world is.
Since 2007, the clock also takes into account the effect of climate change on the world.
Each year the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists meet to decide whether the events of the previous year have pushed humanity closer to the brink of destruction, or further away.
Thankfully, it has no actual way of knowing how close we are to doom.
Instead the clock measures how worried the board members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists are about a global catastrophe, based on the general state of the world.
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