Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to Announce 2024 Doomsday Clock Setting

Experts to Reveal Latest Assessment of Global Threats

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Experts to Reveal Latest Assessment of Global Threats

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a nonprofit organization founded in 1945 by Albert Einstein and University of Chicago scientists, is set to announce the latest setting of the 2024 Doomsday Clock on January 23, 2024.

The Doomsday Clock, created in 1947, symbolizes the threat of global catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and other emerging technologies. It has been reset 25 times since its inception, reflecting changing global security concerns.

The most recent setting in January 2022 moved the clock to 90 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been to symbolic doomsday. The decision cited ongoing conflicts, including the Russia-Ukraine war, and concerns about nuclear proliferation and climate change.

The clock is set by the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board, a group of experts in nuclear security, climate science, and emerging technologies. Their decision reflects an assessment of global risks and the state of international relations.

According to Rachel Bronson, President and CEO of the Bulletin, the board considers a range of factors, including geopolitical tensions, technological advancements, and environmental challenges. The upcoming announcement will provide insight into the current state of global security and the challenges facing humanity.

The Bulletin’s annual setting of the Doomsday Clock serves as a reminder of the urgent need for international cooperation to address pressing global threats. The announcement on January 23, 2024, will be accompanied by a statement outlining the board’s rationale for the new setting.