MYSTERY WIRE — The Doomsday Clock ticked 20 seconds closer to the annihilation of the human civilization as the decade expired. We are now at 100 seconds to midnight.
The symbolic clock advanced the countdown to warn world leaders and everyone on the planet of the dire consequences that could be lurking just around the corner.
The dual threat of nuclear war and climate change prompted board members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to push the clock closer to midnight.
The decision on where to set the clock was made in November, before the recent US-Iran incident, in which the US targeted and killed a powerful Iranian military leader, Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Iran responded with a strike on a US military facilities in Iraq. Scientists also cited concern for recent threats by North Korea to withdraw from agreements with the US.
Cyber-enabled disinformation campaigns make for further instability.
“Without conscious efforts to reinvigorate arms control, the world is headed into an unregulated nuclear environment. No one should want a return to the intense arms race that characterized the early decades of the nuclear age.”Sharon Squassoni, research professor at the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs, at the George Washington University