What is the Doomsday Clock and how close is it to midnight?

How close are we to the end of the Earth? That was the small matter up for debate every year when scientists determine the time on the Doomsday Clock.

The past few years have seen the world facing some huge challenges, with most of 2022 dominated by the Ukraine war, and fears of escalation into a wider – or even nuclear –

conflict. Recent times have also seen us facing the unprecedented challenge of the Covid pandemic, which continues to cause chaos in many parts of the world as new

variants appear, causing case numbers in some countries to spike all over again. The 2023 time is due to be set – but just what is the Doomsday Clock, and what time is

it currently at? What is the Doomsday Clock? The Doomsday Clock was designed to represent how high the threat is of a global catastrophe. Since its

inception in 1947, the Doomsday Clock has warned humanity how close the world is to catastrophe every year, with midnight being the time of the apocalypse. The idea

was first introduced in the first magazine edition of the Bulletin which was published in June 1947. The inspiration behind the idea of the Doomsday Clock was the

growing threat of nuclear weapons following the Second World War, particularly with the growing tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States. The Doomsday

Clock works by judging how near the minute hand is to midnight – simply put – the nearer it is, the closer the Earth is to disaster. The position of the minute hand is

measured on the threat of nuclear attacks, climate change, cyber warfare and bioterrorism – anything that brings the end of the world a little closer.