The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ iconic Doomsday Clock now stands at 90 seconds to midnight, after the group moved the apocalyptic timepiece forward by 10 seconds in response to the geopolitical risks unleashed by Russia’s war on Ukraine.

The indicator of the world’s vulnerability to global man-made catastrophe was updated after the non-profit Bulletin ruled that the threat of nuclear destruction and global supply chain collapse had increased over the past year,  “largely but not exclusively” because of Russia’s invasion.

The group said the continuing failure to curb global greenhouse gas emissions, escalating climate impacts, and the breakdown of global institutions required to tackle risks associated with advancing technologies and biological threats such as Covid-19 also contributed to the decision to change the time on the countdown clock.

The clock was moved to 100 seconds to midnight in 2020 following the start of the coronavirus pandemic, remaining there until this

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