The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said its 2021 “Doomsday Clock” remains at 100 seconds to midnight. “The pandemic revealed just how unprepared and unwilling countries and the international system are to handle global emergencies properly,” scientists said in a statement. The Nobel Laureates said „governments too often abdicated responsibility, ignored scientific advice, did not cooperate or communicate effectively, and consequently failed to protect the health and welfare of their citizens.” They also had concerns about climate change and nuclear warfare, amplified by a rampant spread of disinformation on the internet.
When the “Doomsday Clock” was established in 1947, it was initially set at seven minutes before midnight. The time has been adjusted forward and backward over the past seven decades.Many threats amplified in the last years. The advance of this symbolic clock to the midnight is a real warning for the human’s future on the Earth. Accelerating nuclear programs in multiple countries moved the world into less stable and manageable territory last year. „We continue to believe that human beings can manage the dangers posed by modern technology, even in times of crisis,” the scientists say.