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The Doomsday Clock Is Frozen At Two Minutes To Midnight

The Doomsday Clock proves we’re not any closer to having world peace

The annual presentation of the Doomsday Clock was held on Thursday. If you didn’t manage to get a ticket to this exciting event, let us fill you in.

The doomsday clock is a terrifying clock that symbolizes how close the world is to the end of times. When the clock strikes midnight, it should all be over. On Thursday, a group of scientists and scholars kept the clock frozen at two minutes to midnight. And no, they didn’t forget to change the batteries.

Last year, the clock was set at 11:58 pm, which is the closest we’ve ever been to impending doom. So it was expected that the clock would be set back on Thursday, to hopefully give us a chance to rejoice our existence.

To offer some perspective, in 1991, the clock was set at 17 minutes before midnight.

Along with the presentation, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists revealed the reasons for the clock staying put. It stated, “In the nuclear realm, the United States abandoned the Iran nuclear deal and announced it would withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, grave steps towards a complete dismantlement of the global arms control process.”

It also added that climate change was a factor in the clock remaining frozen, citing the upward climb of global carbon dioxide emissions.

Let’s hope we never get to midnight. Although that’s probably unlikely, because there’ll be nobody around to adjust the clock when we’ve all been exterminated.