The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS) will hold an online press conference at 10:00 a.m. EST (10:00 p.m. Vietnam time) on January 24, 2023, to announce the 2023 doomsday clock.

The doomsday clock announcement will include speakers from BAS and members of The Elders – an independent organization of global leaders, founded by the late South African President Nelson Mandela. These are people working for peace, justice and human rights.

According to Newsweek, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) meeting aims to announce: Will the time on the iconic doomsday clock change when the time comes? in 2023.

The doomsday clock has been ticking since 1947
The doomsday clock was first announced by the BAS at the beginning of the Cold War in 1947 when it was set at 7 minutes before midnight. Exactly 12 o’clock at night is considered the hour of human destruction.

Since then, nuclear scientists and experts have been ticking the doomsday clock. Every year, the BAS assesses the state of the world to decide whether the clock hands will move forward, backward, or stay where they are.

This adjustment of the clock hands reminds people to reflect on the events of the previous year. The purpose is to see what events have occurred that have pushed humanity closer or further away from destruction.

The furthest from midnight was in 1991, after the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty to reduce nuclear weapons. At this time, the clock was 17 minutes to midnight.

The doomsday clock is ticking 100 seconds before 12 midnight
In 2020, the clock was set 100 seconds before midnight – the closest it has ever been. After that, in 2021 the clock hands have remained stable at the above hour so far.

“Nuclear war ending civilization is a real possibility. Climate change that could devastate the planet is undeniable,” said Mr. John Mecklin, editor of BAS. announced after the clock’s hour was announced in 2020.

After a year of rising tensions between Russia and the West, will the clock hands move closer to the 12 o’clock position?

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