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Is apocalypse near? How the Doomsday Clock tracks nuclear, climate threats

By Ellen Francis

23 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Is Doomsday almost upon us? Since 2020, we have been a mere 100 seconds away from “midnight” - the symbolic hour of apocalypse, The Washington Post reports.

The world has been 100 seconds away from “midnight” — the symbolic hour of apocalypse — since 2020, according to the Doomsday Clock.

The people who run it say they have been using the clock for more than seven decades to convey the level of risk from existential threats, from nuclear weapons to climate change.

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