Doomsday Clock scientists to share how close Earth is to an apocalypse tomorrow

We will learn how close the world is to a state of apocalypse in a press conference delivered by scientists tomorrow.

The grim yearly tradition, which fittingly takes place in January, is known as the 'Doomsday Clock' and serves as a metaphor for humanity flirting with its own extinction.

In 2022, the clock celebrates its 75th birthday having been created in 1947 by boffins at The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Obviously, the further the clock is from midnight, the safer the world is.

And when we last checked in on the Doomsday Clock in 2021 it was delicately poised.

The clock was previously hovering at 100 seconds to 'midnight', the hour representing a man-made global catastrophe.

After another year of the coronavirus pandemic, it remains to be seen if the clock has ticked forward to destruction.

Frighteningly, 100 seconds is the closest we've ever been to the end of the world in the clock's 75-year history.

The Chicago Atomic Scientists put the clock with its hand set seven minutes to midnight on the cover of their first journal back in 1947.

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Since 2007, the clock has also taken into account the effect of climate change on the world.

Speaking last year, Rachel Bronson, president and chief executive of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, cited the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as one of the reasons for the clock's closeness.

She said: "We recognise that humanity continues to suffer as the Covid-19 pandemic spreads around the world.

"The pandemic revealed just how unprepared and unwilling countries and the international system are to handle global emergencies properly.

"In this time of genuine crisis, governments around the world too often abdicated responsibility, ignored scientific advice, did not co-operate to communicate effectively and consequently failed to protect health and welfare of their citizens."

It remains to be seen if the world's vaccination success has moved the clock back a tad.

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