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Apocalypse alert: doomsday clock inches closer to midnight for 2024

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Global fears escalate as world teeters on the brink – will 2024 spell catastrophe

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2024 might still be on the horizon, but the outlook is far from rosy. With just weeks left until the New Year, a looming sense of dread surrounds the globe, fueled by the tumultuous events of 2023. From Russia’s Ukraine invasion to the Israel-Hamas conflict and the worldwide economic turmoil, it’s been a year of unprecedented challenges.

In a symbolic representation of our troubled times, a group of scientists introduced the Doomsday Clock in 1947, originally set at seven minutes to midnight – the metaphorical doomsday. Over the years, it has swung back and forth, and now, it stands at its most critical position ever.

The clock’s hands were last adjusted in January 2023, ticking ominously to a mere 90 seconds to midnight, following a move from 100 seconds in 2020. Now, with the world grappling with heightened conflicts, there’s a growing fear that the clock might strike midnight in the coming year.

Rachel Bronson, CEO of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, grimly explains, “When the clock strikes midnight, it signifies a nuclear exchange or catastrophic climate change that could wipe out humanity. We never want to reach that point, and the terrifying part is, we won’t know it when we do.”

The hand’s proximity to midnight is primarily attributed to escalating concerns about Russia’s nuclear involvement in Ukraine, a conflict that continues to intensify.

Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders and former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, emphasized, “The Doomsday Clock is sounding an alarm for humanity. We stand on the brink of a precipice, and our leaders must act swiftly and on a large scale to secure a peaceful future.”

Robinson added, “The science is clear, but the political will is lacking. A change is imperative in 2023 to avert catastrophe. We are confronted with multiple existential crises, demanding leaders to adopt a crisis mindset.”

As the world anxiously awaits the 2024 decision, historically revealed in late January, the ticking of the Doomsday Clock serves as a stark reminder of the precarious state of our planet.

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