“Doomsday Clock Ticks Closer to Midnight”

“The dual threats of nuclear warfare and climate change move the needle to 100 seconds to midnight.”

“The symbolic doomsday clock moved closer to midnight than it has ever been, just 100 seconds away, because of the urgent threats of nuclear warfare and climate change, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced today, 23 January.

“Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond,” according to a statement released by the Bulletin to world leaders and the public. “The international security situation is dire, not just because these threats exist, but because world leaders have allowed the international political infrastructure for managing them to erode.”

“The current environment is profoundly unstable, and urgent action and immediate engagement is required by all,” Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin, said at a briefing in Washington, D.C. She and others urged world leaders to take bold actions to lower the risks of nuclear war and climate change.”

Randy Showstack reports for Eos January 23, 2020.