The almost-always worrisome annual assessment of where humanity stands when it comes to total annihilation by our own hand took on an even more unsettling tenor this year as the 2020 update to the Doomsday Clock sees us now sitting at 100 seconds to midnight. The symbolic measurement was developed by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists back in 1947 and, every January, the group reveals their evaluation of how close civilization is to a proverbial doomsday scenario.
This year's update to the Doomsday Clock was both historic and rather chilling as the organization believes we are now closer to annihilation than at any point in the history of the measurement. To put this in perspective, Rachel Bronson, president of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said in a press release that "we are now expressing how close the world is to catastrophe in seconds – not hours, or even minutes." She went on to declare that "we now face a true emergency – an absolutely unacceptable state of world affairs that has eliminated any margin for error or further delay."
Find out the reasons cited by the group for the new measurement and some of the solutions they suggest to pull us back from the brink at the Coast to Coast AM website.