As of today, the Doomsday Clock is now 100 seconds to midnight, or to be more specific, the closest symbolic point from an “apocalypse” since 1953. This decision was made on Thursday by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which announced it at a press event from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Astrophysicist Robert Rosner, who is also on the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said the main concern is the undermining of the public’s ability to understand what’s true from what’s false. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Sharon Squassoni, Georgetown University professor and member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, noted how extreme the nuclear weapons situation has become. She cited the recent collapse of the Iran nuclear deal, the reemergence of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and the continued buildout of weapons from the U.S., Russia and China.
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We argued that the global situation was abnormal,” said Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists during the press conference of the decision to keep last year’s Clock the same.